Menu Plan Pantry Challenge - Week 23

There is a great burden lifted off of of ones shoulders when there is no pressure of "deal chasing."

Don't get me wrong, I still love a great deal, I am still a bargain hunter and a Coupon Queen; but, since this pantry challenge began at the beginning of the year, I have not been doing that much shopping.

My good friend Operina says that's how she saves so much money, by staying out of the stores.  What an incredibly simple and powerful truth!

If I get the freebie at the store, great, if I miss it, no big deal.  My family has plenty and enough to share - that's what I have learned from this challenge.

I am so thankful for Engineer suggesting I try out this revolutionary idea called The Grocery Game when we moved back Stateside.  I am so thankful for the information that so many people are willing to share either on-line or in person about how to maximize savings.  But now, after beginning this journey really steadily in September of 2008, I had accumulated enough products and knowledge that we have been able to eat from what we have in house for 22 weeks and are still full steam ahead for week 23.

I would encourage you to survey what you have on hand and really think about how long it will take your family to consume it.  I had no idea that I had accumulated as much as I did and in future, I will be more careful about my purchasing decisions.  Even though it has been nice to only grab bananas and grapes at the store.  :)

Here's what we will be eating this week:

Sunday - Roast, Rice & Boozy Mushrooms, and Steamed Carrots
Monday - Turkey Salad Bake, Stewed Apples & Cranberries, Salad (carried over from last week)
Tuesday - Vegetable Beef Stew w/Sweet Potato Cornbread
Wednesday - BBQ Sausages, Greens, & Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Thursday - Spanakopita & Greek Salad
Friday - Date Night
Saturday - Leftovers

This is part of Menu Plan Monday.


  1. It's so fun to read your menus and pantry challenge updates. If things ever settle down I've got a list of your menu items to try.

    1. Well thank you. I must get the non-recipe for the boozy mushrooms on the site because they were really good last night. :) At some point the menu is going to look really fun when we are down to eating "breadcrumb encrusted peanut butter tomato balls with lavender syrup" or whatever the last man standing is as far as ingredients in the pantry challenge. :)

  2. What an impressive philosophy of eating well and saving money!I could learn a whole lot from you! Great menu... I love date night!

    Please join me at StoneGable for ON THE MENU MONDAY, my weekly foodie/recipe/menu linky party. Your yummy menu would be a welcomed additon!!!

  3. I go through similar exercises each spring, clearing out donations for food drives. Amazing the volume that ends up in my pantries and freezers. Something liberating about not having to chase the deals, and knowing we still have our daily bread. Thanks.

    1. Liberating, yes ma'am, it certainly is. Thanks for stopping by Ms. Lisa.


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