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September Eat From Your Stockpile Challenge

I meant to post about this yesterday. However I was very busy doing things with company and time just didn’t allow. Since everyone is sleeping right now except me, I now have the opportunity.

We are doing a Stockpile Challenge this month. $25. per week will be allotted for necessities like bread, milk and produce. Any of the $25. that doesn’t get spent can be used for an item that has a rock bottom price.

We will be eating from our pantries, the refrigerator, and the freezers. We are hoping to use up a lot of random stuff that has been hanging around. My hope is to free up some space, especially freezer space for those November and December bargains like turkeys, hams, cranberries, butter, etc. 

Yesterday, I did Eggo’s with real maple syrup and strawberries for breakfast for my grandson. The rest of us had oatmeal and strawberries for breakfast. The strawberries were getting really ripe and needed to be eaten. The Eggo’s were left over from enjoying my granddaughter’s company earlier this summer.

Lunch was turkey and ham and cheese sandwiches with added tomatoes and lettuce on them. I used some of the meat that I purchased this week.

Dinner was spaghetti and meatballs. I was going to make homemade meatballs but I found a 3/4 full bag of frozen in my upstairs freezer. We had tossed salads on the side with lettuce, celery, onions, tomatoes, and carrots.

Today we will have scrambled eggs, fried ham, and homemade hash browns for breakfast. I grated all of the almost 5 lb. bag of potatoes so we will be having hash browns a few times this week either at breakfast or dinner.

We rarely do lunch on Sundays because of the big breakfast which is eaten about 10am. 

Our company will be leaving sometime this afternoon. So dinner will be the leftover meatballs and sauce (pictured above)on leftover buns with melted mozzarella cheese. We will have guacamole halves on the side. 

The two couples that I am mentoring are also joining me in this challenge. They both want to cut their grocery spending and eat some of the food they have stored. More on their numbers later this week.

If anyone else would like to join in, feel free. 

8 replies on “September Eat From Your Stockpile Challenge”

I am already not buying meat because of my small freezer over the refrigerator. It would be nice to have a place for at least one extra turkey! However, my plans are to buy at least 80 lbs. of sweet potatoes this month.

Hi Liz, this is Chris. Count me in on the stockpile challenge for Sept. I will try to update weekly. I don't know if I can do $25, but will try to do $40. If I see a deal on facial tissues, I will buy it, otherwise, I think we are good for H/BA and household stuff. Last month was a spendy one for us, so this is coming at a good time. I hope the families you are mentoring will join in also.

Hi Chris,

I am glad you are doing it too. The families that I am mentoring are joining in; however they want to remain anonymous because of their info that is going on the blog.

What a timely post! I sat down on Friday night and did a complete stocktake of all proteins available from my top of fridge freezer and small pantry cupboard – this includes, fresh, frozen and canned. I was shocked to discover that I have 196 servings!!! And this is before I add in vegetarian & light meals such as soups, salads, loaded baked potatoes, egg dishes, beans on toast, pasta, risottos or pancakes. Just incredible!

I have slashed this month's budget and will only buy milk, eggs, cheese, 1 loaf of bread (I don't eat a lot of bread) and fruits & veg. I have put some of this money aside for any bargains that I just can't pass up. I am now checking off servings as I work my way through what I have – I have also made a list of exactly what I want to purchase as far as meat or fish is concerned but nothing will be bought until October as I need to use things up and make some room!

I don’t plannin spending much on groceries this month either. We started a backyard project on the spur of the moment and I chose to just spend part of our monthly grocery cash for it. With most of our meals meatless, food doesn’t cost much and we have a full pantry.

I hope the couples you are advising really do want to change. We both know how important it is to be fiscally responsible. I guess their first grocery month challenge should show how motivated they are.

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