As we move into February and the second month of my Winter Pantry Challenge, here's what we have bought since the beginning of the year:
On 10 January, we purchased milk and ice cream from the dairy store for a total of $19.26
On 14 January, I picked up that week's produce distribution from Bountiful Baskets co-op. For $21.00, we received 7 bananas, 6 d'anjou pears, 13 mandarin oranges, 8 gala apples, 4 kiwi, 6 limes, 6 baking potatoes, 7 beets, 7 roma tomatoes, 1 head of broccoli, and 2 heads of romaine. Previous baskets had contained a lot of beets and we were drowning in them and I did not want to put any more into the freezer, so I gave most of the beets away.
On 28 January, I picked up that week's produce distribution from Bountiful Baskets co-op. For $21.00, we received 3 potatoes, 6 heads of garlic, 2 bunches of kale, 1 head of leaf lettuce, 3 large carrots, 1 head of celery, 4 gala apples, 4 navel oranges, 10 mandarin oranges, 5 bananas, 1 pineapple, and 5 plums.
Also on 28 January, I spent $4.39 for a gallon of milk at the dairy store.
On 2 February, I made my one and only trip to the grocery store for this month. I restricted myself to the absolute essentials and spent $13.18. There are a lot of things that I want
, but I can certainly wait until the pantry challenge is over before buying them. After all, we have so much
food in our freezers and pantry. So the essentials that I needed were all-purpose flour and parmesan cheese. Hubby drove me to the store and he asked for his two essentials: lemonade and sandwich bread. You can tell that we have different priorities at this time of year. 😀
So, since the first of the year, we have spent $78.83 for food to be eaten at home. I did not keep up with what we spent when eating out--though I will point out that it was significantly less than in each of the last 4 months of 2022. We did eat out occasionally, but it was much less frequently than our usual.
My freezers and pantry still look fully stocked. However, my kitchen drawers that contain empty plastic freezer containers and canning jars have filled up. That's clearly evidence that we have be using up significant amounts of our food storage.