Pantry Challenge Update

You may recall that earlier this month I decided to take part in the January Pantry Challenge that Jessica was hosting @ Life as MOM. I had every intention of eating out of our pantry and not spending more than $100 on groceries this month. HA! Let me just tell you right now, it's not even the end of the month and the financial part of my goal didn't happen. We have been really good about eating out of the pantry/freezer, my pantry is now organized (which means I know what I have and don't have), and I am drinking a lot more water - yay for me!

The newly organized pantry

However, the $100 was almost gone before I hit "post" because I ended up doing some stockpiling, for example:

I currently have 30+ bottles of off-brand vegetable juice which I got for $1/each - we drink V-8 daily thanks to the South Beach diet. If you walked into the pantry right now you would probably think I have a problem - but seriously? ONE DOLLAR!!

On a "quick" trip to my normal grocery store, I ended up coming home with ten boxes of pasta because we can only eat one kind (low carb) and I've yet to find a coupon for it and it was ON SALE. So I loaded up even though the sale wasn't great, but it was better than paying full price for it later.

I also did some damage in various dairy departments (no photos - sorry). At Kroger I was able to get several packages of shredded cheese, as well as four bottles of half-half cream for our coffee. Has anyone else noticed how much dairy has gone up?? If I want to buy a store-brand half-gallon of half-half at Ingle's, it's $4.11. I purchased two quarts of the Kroger brand for $1.47/each, bringing it in at $2.94 for a half-gallon {happy dance}. However, Ingle's had a good deal on their larger blocks of cheese, so I grabbed a few of those this month as well.

{BUST} goes the budget goal, but I'm still pleased with three out of four goals met and the stockpile I have been able to build with sales and deals. What steps do you take to keep your grocery bill from going sky high? Check out how Jessica and others did this month over at the Pantry Challenge link up!


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