What We Spent, What We Ate, What Went to Waste


Like others, it’s a little hard to believe that we are not yet halfway into January! I think this is partly because that week after Christmas is kind of a dead zone and I am at that point looking ahead to the new year. Anyway. I spent $52.56 on groceries this week. I am now more than half way through my intended budget for this pantry challenge month. I’m not feeling too bad about this total, although I visited grocery stores four times (well, two stores each on two different days), which is really a bit more than I’d hoped when I started this challenge.Highlights from this week’s shopping were a large clam shell of organic baby spinach for $1.99, honeycrisp apples for $.98/lb, organic navel oranges for $.98/lb and strawberries for $.98/lb. The strawberries are really good, too! I also tried Aldi’s organic vanilla yogurt and OMG — it’s really, really, really yummy. I would prefer it had less sugar, but overall it’s wonderful.

I’m keeping a grocery journal so what exactly I bought where will be all in one place at the end of the month. I’m not taking pictures of everything just but a few of the groceries I bought this week are in the photo above. You can also see that our fruit bowl got really empty this week, with only two grapefruit and a lemon left in the house. The horror!


  • NY Strip Steaks w/Oven Fries and Roasted Broccoli
  • Hearty Lentil Soup w/Sweet Potato Biscuits
  • Hearty Lentil Soup w/Grilled Cheese
  • Two Bean and Turkey Tacos, Fruit
  • Taco Salad
  • Korean Style Beef & Mushrooms — either bowl style or in lettuce wraps


  • 2 cups of turkey broth
  • iced tea that I had to throw away after using a lemon slice in it that I had saved from when I made the lentil soup — apparently I had cut the lemon after cutting an onion and…onion-y tea isn’t such a good thing
  • a plantain that I had frozen and then mistook for a banana when making the above quick bread–it thawed out and got pretty gross really fast
  • 1/4 stick of butter that I forgot was on the stove when I preheated the oven for the bread — huge buttery puddle on my stovetop 😦 (my bread baking saved some ingredients but also caused me to throw away others!)


  • 1/2 qt (or so) of kefir, by using it in a marathon quick bread bakeathon
  • 2 carrots that had gone black on one end — after cutting the tops off they were perfectly fine for using in soup
  • the rest of the meat sauce I made last week — not enough to really make more pasta for or serve as a whole meal; instead I had kind of an odd lunch w/an egg baked in the remaining pasta sauce served with garlic toast
  • blackberries and pineapple on their last legs — threw them into a smoothie

4 thoughts on “What We Spent, What We Ate, What Went to Waste

    1. Thanks Bless — I was annoyed when I realized that I had forgotten to put the butter dish up. It happens, though.

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