It turns out that I actually spent $141.65 in April instead of the $137.78 that I thought I did. Bummerooski!
But... all is not lost! Since I had already decided that May was gonna be pantry and freezer clean out month, when Economies of Kale decided to do a $21 May grocery challenge, I decided to join her!
This will be a real challenge, but hopefully it will help me make some real progress in terms of the backlog of food that needs to be eaten up.
The challenge areas for me will be:
I've got about 9 pieces of fruit in the fridge, one package of frozen cranberries, and a canister of frozen pineapple juice. Hopefully I can find some great deals to make this work. One of the stores I frequent generally has oranges at 8 or 10 for a dollar,
I've got half a head of lettuce, 2 cucumbers, one pepper and a few onions in the house. I did buy a big bag of frozen stir fry veggies at Costco last month, so I'll most likely be eating a lot of stir fry... this works out well because I have a TON of rice to use up. I've also got a few bags of frozen spinach, green beans, mixed veggies and cauliflower, plus some already made vegetable soup. And then there's the sushi nori and dried wakame.
Usually by this time the garden would be producing spinach and greens, but I fear our cold spring, coupled with the fact that the stuff I usually plant in the fall and winter over all died for lack of water and an early freeze last fall, means that the garden is WAY behind.
There are a few scallions and chives I can harvest, and in a week or two the spinach will hopefully be big enough to need thinning. The snow peas are about 6 inches tall, so maybe by the end of the month I'll have some pea leaves to add to the mix.
In the meantime, I've got a TON of dried beans and lentils, so I'm gonna experiment with growing some bean sprouts.
And then we have my biggest challenge:
Dinners with CatMan
CatMan and I usually have a nice meal once a week with our movie night. Now, I want to clarify that it's not like he's demanding or anything, it's just that he hasn't exactly signed on for this little challenge, so I don't think it's really fair to make him suffer as a part of this deal.
I've already got most of what I need for these dinners, but the biggest challenge here will be the salad and veggies part as there are a limited number of veggies that he actually likes and will eat. Reasonably speaking, I'll probably need at least $10 to put together what I'll need for three more nice dinners.
Soooo... I've already spent $2.87 this month. If I can keep the CatMan dinner budget down to $10, that leaves me with $8.13 for everything else. Hmmm... it's gonna be tight!
The one thing that I have a TON of is winter squash and pie pumpkins. I've got about a dozen of them in the basement from last fall, and several gallons of frozen puree from the year before. I think I'll be eating squash soup every day, plus there are about 10 loaves of pumpkin bread in the freezer. Anybody got any other ideas what I can do with them?