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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Keep Your Money May - The Pantry- Pickins are getting Slim!

Oh boy. Is it only the 12th? Help me. This is hard. Food is getting scarce around these parts. I am really doing my best to use it up and make do, but soon we are going to be eating quinoa and water only because that's about all I have left! Well, that's an exaggeration, but just a tiny one. I had to go back to the store today for a few items in order to create meals out of what is left.

In the next few days we will be having Quinoa Pesto, Louisiana Red Beans & Rice, Pinto Beans and Fried Potatoes and the Chipotle recipe for Black Beans with cornbread. I have no meat left. We ate the last of the venison steak we had in the freezer from last year. I spent $21 at the grocery and I will need milk tomorrow. I bought a 10 pound bag of potatoes because those will go a long way and I still have 1/2 of my Costco size bag of pinto beans. If need be we can have Pinto Beans 101 ways! I gave myself $200 at the beginning of the month and I think I only have about $20 left!! I am not going to make it to month's end on that $20.

These 12 days have seemed like a month. I just want to go to the store and buy what I want! I want it, I want it, I want it!! (This is me throwing a temper tantrum!) I guess I am finding out I am spoiled. I pretty much buy whatever I want, whenever I want. So blessed. So much to eat, so much variety, so many choices, so easily available! I can go to 1 of 10 stores within 10 minutes and get choice, organic, beautiful food. What if I was my great-grandmother who had to grow her own food and butcher her own chickens, mill her own wheat (oh wait, I already do that- I am kinda crunchy is some ways!)

I'm feeling extra hippie and healthy today. I did 5.5 miles on the elliptical, did my Total Gym workout, I am dehydrating almonds as we speak and I had 2 Green Smoothies today (along with some Dove Milk Chocolate Caramels and a handful of Chex Gluten-Free Muddy Buddies - gotta keep the balance).

So, if you have any fabulous, can't live without pinto bean recipes, please send them my way!! June 1st is a loooooong way off!

P.S. - I won Maria's Giveaway at Infinite Whimsy!! So excited!! June can't come soon enough for me to spent that Anthro gift card!!


  1. Holy Cow - God bless you for trying. I am SO spoiled and flighty when it comes to grocery shopping. Between the big chain market, Target's grocery section, Sprouts, Trader Joes and Costco, I sometimes have a list for 5 different places. And this week alone, I've been to one of those store for "a couple of things" at least 3 times already. I know I need to get myself more organized!

  2. I am so impressed at trying to keep on budget!!! I usually write up a meal plan and stick to it (I know who does that anymore?) But then I am not left at the end of the week freaking out about what to make. I love 10 min from the nearest store (I hate that) 30 min from Costco so I always figure out EVERYTHING I really need before going. I reallly don't have any great recipes with beans sorry! Good luck I think you are inspiring me to try and budget better!

  3. Good for you for sticking with it, Peggy!

    Up here, Savemart is 10 miles away, Safeway is 20 miles away, and Costco is an hour away - so, we really have to plan well. We DO have a little Mom & Pop store in town, but everything is really expensive (and a lot of times past expiration date), so I try not to use it all that often.

    Beans & potatoes & rice really do s-t-r-e-t-c-h the budget, don't they?