We're still trying to pay off these unexpected medical and other bills from 2015 - they'll be with us for quite a while yet - so we decided we're going to try to knock off a chunk of them right away this year by doing a pantry challenge and putting some of our grocery money toward those bills.
So, we're doing a pantry challenge in January!
Our goal for January is to spent $80 on groceries, toiletries and paper products total for our family of four - two adults and two 10-year-olds.
My personal outside, crazy goal is to spend $50 rather than $80 and putting that other $30 toward the bills too but I'll be happy if we spend the $80.
With that $80 we need to get:
* Fruit (weekly - I'm hoping for citrus and bananas depending on sales)
* Shortening (I'm almost totally out and use it for baking certain things, though I can use butter if I need to. I may have to wait until March to get sale prices around Easter instead.)
* Laundry Detergent (We're getting low and I'd like to find some on sale.)
* Milk (Three gallons this month - we're starting with a gallon and half in our fridge right now.)
I'm also hoping to stock up on the following items that are usually on sale in January:
* Brussel's Sprouts (I'll blanch and freeze this for later.)
* Canned Tomatoes
* Canned Soup
* Canned Chili Beans
* Canned Kidney Beans
* Meat - if I can find some on sale only
Depending on the sales that are offered this month.
I'll update this more as the month goes on.
I'm also hoping to get into a regular habit of bread baking each week. It's such a money saver and I have been pretty lax about it recently.
What are your food shopping goals for January?