Thursday, January 9, 2014

DUH moment with Pantry challenge

It's Thursday, this is our errand day, go to the bank,post office (got extra stamps as they are going up in price) and store and what ever else is on that list.

It was nice to get out of the house that we are no longer 30 to 45 below with the wind chills. Our dogs loved going for a ride in the truck also.The older one would live in the truck if we would let her.

I did mention to Hubby that I was sticking with cash for our groceries while on the pantry challenge (I set the amount at $400 a month) but I was going to buy some things for Operation Thank You to send to our deployed soldiers that would come out of my checking account.

Good thing I had that cash because ...DUH.... I forgot the check book and my credit card in my other purse so had to pay for it out of my grocery cash. SIGH....

Even for a DUH worked out okay. I only spent $33.46 on food and $82.70 for non-food so I had more than plenty to spend on OTY. I combined sales with the coupons I had and did very well all the way around. I still have $283.84 left in the grocery budget.

Last night I made sweet and sour pork out of leftover pork roast and used up some veggies that were getting ready to go bad and served it over the last of the instant rice that was out of my son's pantry.

Tonight I am frying chicken as I am craving the local restaurant's fried chicken (it won't measure up any where close), making mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans,corn, home made bread and apple crisp and vanilla bean ice cream. Maybe the apple crisp will calm the craving...probably not.

Another  DUH moment was when I put the chicken for tonight to soak in buttermilk that I should have bought buttermilk. It went on the list for the next time I go to the store which I don't plan on doing for 2 more weeks if not longer. If I need more than the 1 cup I have left I will have to make it myself with regular milk and lemon juice or apple cider vinegar.

Blessed Be