Summertime Pantry Challenge: Clean fridge and cupboards, grocery photos, and what I'm spending our savings on
Okay, I'm overdue for a Pantry Challenge update! Yes, that would be me... chugging along and taking twice as long as I'm supposed to! :P What can I say? Lately I've felt like anything I would write about here is either worthless or boring. I tend to second-guess myself and decide that no one would even care what our menu was or if my fridge got cleaned or if I had self-control at Costco last week...
But, moving along, my fridge did indeed get cleaned. My goals last time were to clear off the kitchen counters, clean out the fridge, and then go to Costco for a few things like eggs, milk, cheese, toilet paper, and lettuce. I spent about $150 at Costco, which was my goal for this month. (Yay!) We did have to make one other trip to Costco to get a few things for dinners we hosted at our house -- burgers, buns, and dessert (strawberries, pound cake, and cream).
Here is my clean fridge! We've had tacos and used most of the corn tortillas. (Those had been previously frozen, as the big pack from Costco can go stale before we use them all!) And, I've been using the carrots (one of my goals!). This was before Joshua went to Costco for milk, eggs, etc. That ONE Costco trip is lasting all month, thankfully! I can tell our freezers are getting emptier though.
Here is the door of the fridge after I cleaned it out. The top compartments have my homemade bread dough conditioners.
My kitchen pantry cupboard has been organized, also. (And believe it or not, Moshe hasn't gotten back into it to mess it up... yet!) I've used some of the canned corn, finished up a bag of rice, and that's pretty much it, I guess. We seem to eat mostly from the fridge and freezer rather than pantry! The things I do use from the pantry, like beans, rice, or flour, are things that I buy in bulk and which last quite a while. :)
Aside from our Costco shopping trip (which I should have photographed!!), Joshua also went to QFC and got bananas, peaches (on sale), and some ingredients for a dairy-free ice cream that we made for company.
What I'm spending my "savings" on:
When I decided to do this pantry challenge, I was planning to stash the money saved in our savings account. But instead, we are going to get a bed set up for Ruth! She's 3 1/2 and sleeps in the crib. Moshe, who is 1 1/2, sleeps in a Pack'n'Play. We have a twin bed frame that was given to us for Ruth last year, but no mattress. So, we are finally going to buy a mattress, set up the bed for Ruth, and move Moshe to the crib! :)
My goals for the next week:
Organize the freezers and take pictures of them
Re-arrange kids rooms to accommodate Ruth's new bed (I'll share before and after pictures -- hopefully this weekend!)
Wait at least one more week before getting more groceries (except for bananas)
Some other great ladies are joining in the Summertime Pantry Challenge! Visit them for more inspiration:
- Amy from The Finer Things in Life - cleaning up/clearing out, eating from the garden
- Erin from $5 Dinners - cleaning up/clearing out
- Jen from Balancing Beauty and Bedlam - NO spend, cleaning up/clearing out, eating from the garden
- Shaina from Food for My Family - cleaning up/clearing out, eating from the garden
- Lynn from Lynn's Kitchen Adventures - cleaning up/clearing out, eating from the garden
- Jessica from Good Cheap Eats -- cleaning up/clearing out