Saturday, January 9, 2010

Eat From The Pantry - Week 1 Results

So every week, I will be reporting my results of my 4 week challenge. I also am awarding points for my dinners. For each item I use out of my freezer or pantry for dinner I get one point. Each dinner will have a total number of points and a total amount of points earned for the week. My guidelines that I am following are posted here. Please keep in mind that my husband and I both work full-time and we have 2 children ages 4 & 1, our life is a bit hectic!

On the upside, I am really proud of my family this week. We exceeded our goals by only eating out once and staying under the $20 grocery budget. I am amazed and my pantry and freezer are already looking more barren. Now I am a bit low on meat and I know Giant Eagle is having a BOGO meat sale, so we will see how I do on the grocery budget next week. All in all Week One was a SUCCESS!!!

Sunday 11/3:
Breakfast - Cereal
Lunch - Leftovers
Dinner - 3 points
-Turkey Roast from Freezer - 1 point
-Mashed Potatoes
-Gravy packet from pantry - 1 point
-Corn from pantry - 1 point

Monday 11/4:
Breakfast - Cereal & bananas
Lunch - Salads from home
Dinner - 3 points
Beef Stew:
-meat & carrots from freezer - 2 points
-seasoning packet from pantry - 1 point

Tuesday 11/5:
Breakfast - cereal & bananas
Lunch - salad from home
Dinner - 3 points
Sloppy Joes:
-Meat from freezer - 1 point
-Seasoning packet from pantry - 1 point
-Scallopped potatoes from pantry - 1 point

Wednesday 11/6:
Breakfast - cereal
Lunch - leftovers
Dinner - 2 points
-Pancakes from mix in pantry - 1 point
-Sausage links from freezer - 1 point

Thursday 11/7:
Breakfast - cereal
Lunch - lunch out
Dinner - 2 points
-Spaghetti from the pantry - 1 point
-Sauce from the pantry - 1 point

Friday 11/8:
Breakfast - Waffles
Lunch - leftover spaghetti
Dinner - 3 points
Homemade pizzas!
-Crust from pantry - 1 point
-Sauce from pantry - 1 point
-Breadsticks from freezer - 1 point

Saturday 11/9:
Breakfast - pancakes
Lunch - PB & J sandwhiches
Dinner - dinner out

So total points for the week - 16!!

Total Spent on Grocery Shopping Trips - $17.28 (goal $20):
1/3 Marc's - $5.05
1/7 Aldi's - $$12.23

YEAH!!!! I feel like we conquered the world especially when I think of ALL the $$$ we saved!!

On to Week 2!


  1. Great job!! I did pretty well last week, but am hoping to save more (and shop less!!) this week.

  2. Your menu looks great. Breakfast & spaghetti are two faves around here also.