Well, the month is over. I'm going to extend my pantry challenge into
January February -- but allowing myself to make one trip to the grocery store to purchase absolute essentials for which there are no alternative. Right now that appears to be Parmesan cheese and all-purpose flour.to feed my sourdough starter. I have wheat berries and rye berries that I can grind into flour to bake bread, but I worry that my starter might not be happy with an abrupt change of diet. There are some things that I want from the grocery, but they aren't necessary, so I'll hold back until March before getting those things and starting to stock up again.
We did eat out more than I had wanted, but all-in-all, I can't really complain about that. Hubby enjoys going out to eat, and there were some days when I was really stressed from work and a break where someone waited on me was quite welcome. Of the 93 meals in January, there were 10 for which I was on business trips, so that cuts the number of possible meals at home down to 83. And I ate out for 12 of those. That's really not too bad considering how much we normally eat out.
As I posted earlier, my personal pantry challenge allows for buying dairy at the dairy store and getting veggies and fruit through our local produce co-op. Total spent in January for dairy and produce was $65.65. (I didn't keep up with how much we spent on eating out.) Compare that to $211.25 for groceries (including dairy and the produce co-op) in December.