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Jul 31

July 31, 2013

Pantry Challenge Update

  The official Summertime Pantry Challenge at Good Cheap Eats ended two weeks ago, but we’ve been having our own sort of modified pantry challenge for the entire month of July.  We’re trying to switch to once a month shopping… and we’re trying to bring our average monthly budget down for the year. Really, we’re going to have to cut our grocery spending until December if we want our average to be decent.  The first six months of the year…

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Jul 17

July 17, 2013

Once a Month Shopping and Pantry Challenge

So I goofed when I was figuring out the dates we would need to shop for on our once a month shopping trip, and now we have to make do for an extra week.  Oops.  Oh well.  It will be good for us. I signed up for the Summertime Pantry Challenge at Good Cheap Eats to make it a little more fun.     This is what happened.  Andy gets paid every two weeks, so the dates vary every month.  I…

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Jan 28

January 28, 2013

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Pantry Challenge Update #4, or The Lingering Smell of Cod Liver Oil

I’ve been participating in the Pantry Challenge at Good Cheap Eats this month. If you’re curious about what the rest of the month looked like, you can read my previous updates: Pantry Challenge Pantry Challenge Update #2 Pantry Challenge Update #3  So this is the last Pantry Challenge update, and what have I learned?  It’s not so hard to avoid eating out as a family.  My attitude was what was getting in the way before. It is still hard for…

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Jan 23

January 23, 2013

More Reading in Review

I’ve actually been reading quite a bit since the January 1, but haven’t taken the time to write it up.   Books Read So Far in January: The Dirty Life The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times  This one was pretty dense.  I actually got it for Christmas of 2011, but this was my second go at it.  I would not recommend this as a book for a beginning gardener, but if you have a little experience under…

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Jan 22

January 22, 2013

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Pantry Challenge Update #3

  Continuing on with the Pantry Challenge… this will be a quicker update because I’m still trying to kick this cold.  It seems mild and almost non-existent for a while, I have a lot of energy and then… I overdo it and the next day I’m coughing and stuffy and worn out. Today is MLK Day and Andy was home for most of it, so I’m trying my best to relax a little.  He and Katydid are even making dinner…

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Jan 15

January 15, 2013

Pantry Challenge Update #2

  I feel like I am doing the lamest pantry challenge in the history of pantry challenges.  That’s probably not true, since we are sticking to our major goal of “no eating out” pretty well (which actually makes up for my husband’s monthly pay cut almost exactly on its own), but seeing the tiny amounts of money others are spending on groceries this month is somewhat discouraging.  As circumstances would have it, this month also turned out to be when…

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Jan 8

January 8, 2013

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Pantry Challenge

 I’m all about the challenges this year.  This one has to do with food.  I actually tend to follow along with Jessica Fisher every time she does this, even if I’m not formally participating.  It reminds me that we should actually be eating from the stuff in the pantry.  (Or the fridge or the freezer.) Otherwise, I go through periods where I throw away a lot of food, and that always makes me feel terrible. So here is an update…

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Jan 2

January 2, 2013

Keeping a Lid on the Real Food Grocery Budget

From books to budgets… It seems like I always start to get alarmed about our budget in December.  And it’s not so much the Christmas gifts.  It’s the food. Of course, I know that we’ll have extra expenses: more flour(s), more sweeteners, good quality chocolate, a ham, summer sausages, fancy cheeses, nuts.  That’s not what bothers me.  Christmas food has its own category, and I am not stingy with it.  But why do all the other expenses — the normal ones…

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