My Eat From The Pantry Challenge

Well if you remember at the beginning of the month, I joined a bunch of other bloggers in the Eat From the Pantry Challenge in an effort to eat some of the stockpile. Well if you read recently about my latest Publix shop where I got $276 worth of product, you probably can guess that this has been a challenge. The biggest factor in not eating a lot of stockpile items is that our entire kitchen cabinet inventory is in boxes. We don't have any cabinets while we remodel. I did manage to use of 26 of the 58 items in the freezer, but added 16 more frozen meals and snacks so the net is 48 freezer items (-10 for the challenge).

Things I learned:

1. I get nervous when I get below a par level of certain products - I like to have my regular items and it kills me to pay "buy it now" prices when I could have stockpiled it. I am still learning the appropriate stockpile of some things, but I am realizing that most things I have too many of.

2. I like the feeling of getting a great deal on stuff - I am emotionally addicted to being frugal. It is my nature down to the bone and I like to get a super deal. Couponing is a much better hobby than playing games on the internet, wasting time on social media sites and chatting online.

3. I need to plan meals more - We have food for lots of different meals, but it takes good recipes. I'm starting to notice more on the blogs I read when there is a good recipe for the foods that I've bought on sale.

4. Its hard to eat convenient foods when you're on a diet. I've lost 7 lbs so far in two weeks, but that can't happen eating ice cream, frozen snacks and candy.

So, thats my challenge.

New Gasparilla Coupon Calendar at Publix

Stopped by today to get a couple more Contessa meals (yummy and easy)

Buy (2) Contessa Micro Steam frozen meals BOGO $6.99 ea

Use (2) $2/1 HERE or look for $2 peelies on the bags
=$1.50 each!

and got the new green advantage buy flyer, but also found a new calendar with coupons. They are all manufacturer coupons:

$2/4 Healthy Choice frozen entrees
$1/1 Huggies diapers
$1/2 Glory Foods cans
$1/2 Kleenex tissue
$0.75/1 Kotex
$1/2 Zephyrhills water 6pks
$1/2 Pirates Booty snacks
$1/1 Listerine 500ml
$1/1 Simply Smart Milk
BIGI Myoplex bar
$2/1 Tylenol any
$3 off both Bandaid + Neosporin

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My Best Publix Shop

What a great week! I knew we were going to have a lot of stuff so DH and I each took a cart. I gave him the shorter list and envelope of coupons and I had my own envelope too. Of course they didn't have enough of the phazyme for overage so I threw in a knox gelatin to help out the total.  I spent $1.79 (saved $154) and DH spent $12.35 (saved $122) for a 96% savings. Here's the spreadsheet and a nice photo. Even though the worksheet is a little off from the exact shop, these were the deals I did. Hope you all have a great shopping trip this week too.
 
28-Jan 47   $142.28 $43.69 $97.40 $1.19 44 -99.16%
Product qty price subtotal -BOGO minus Q TOTAL Q# Q details
phayzyme exp 1/29/10 2 $2.99 $5.98   $9.00 -$3.02 3 $2/1 1-10rp MQ + $5/2 PQ
bayer aspirin 2 $2.47 $4.94   $7.00 -$2.06 3 $1/1 1-3ss MQ + $5/2 PQ
french hamb rolls 1 $2.49 $2.49   $0.00 $2.49    
lettuce 1 $1.49 $1.49   $0.00 $1.49    
cucumber 1 $0.75 $0.75   $0.00 $0.75    
romaine 1 $1.69 $1.69   $0.00 $1.69    
banana 1 $0.63 $0.63   $0.00 $0.63    
green onions 1 $0.60 $0.60   $0.00 $0.60    
mushrooms 1 $2.49 $2.49   $0.00 $2.49    
Zhills water 2.5 gal 1 $2.99 $2.99   $1.00 $1.99 1 $1/1 blinkie
24pk Publx water 1 $4.49 $4.49   $4.49 $0.00 1 free PQ peelie
$off coupon   $0.00 $0.00   $5.00 -$5.00 1 $5 off $50 PQ
$off coupon   $0.00 $0.00   $5.00 -$5.00 1 $5 off $30 WD
$off coupon   $0.00 $0.00   $5.00 -$5.00 1 $5 off $20 Save A lot
Tyson Beef pot roast BOGO 2 $6.99 $13.98 $6.99 $4.00 $2.99 3 $2/1 PQ Family Style+ $1/1 print
Hidden valley salad dress BOGO 4 $3.49 $13.96 $6.98 $4.00 $2.98 4 $1/1 MQ print
Yoplait Yo-plus 4pk BOGO 8 $2.50 $20.00 $10.00 $8.00 $2.00 8 $1/1 MQ 1-3gm or print
Knox Gelatin 1 $1.39 $1.39   $4.00 -$2.61 1 $4/1 MQ 1-17RP
milk gallon 1 $3.19 $3.19   $3.19 $0.00 1 free milk w/$100 purchase print
Bob Evans potatoes garlic mshd 2 $2.50 $5.00   $2.00 $3.00 2 $1/1 Family style+$1/2 12-6ss
angel soft TP 2 $1.89 $3.78   $2.00 $1.78 2 $1/1 print
coffeemate creamer 32 oz 2 $2.50 $5.00   $2.00 $3.00 2 $1/1 print
chinet plates side 4 $2.00 $8.00   $8.00 $0.00 4 $2/1 11-22ss
8 oclock coffee BOGO 8 $4.93 $39.44 $19.72 $23.72 -$4.00 6 free bag coffee+$2/2 print









28-Jan 26   $134.46 $44.74 $68.49 $21.23 25 -84.21%
Product qty price subtotal -BOGO minus Q TOTAL Q# Q details
Farm Rich froz snacks BOGO 8 $7.69 $61.52 $30.76 $16.00 $14.76 8 $2/1 print
broccoli 1 $1.99 $1.99   $0.00 $1.99    
Knox Gelatin 3 $1.39 $4.17   $12.00 -$7.83 3 $4/1 MQ 1-17RP
Contessa meals BOGO 4 $6.99 $27.96 $13.98 $8.00 $5.98 4 $2/1 MQ print
tomato 1 $0.50 $0.50   $0.00 $0.50    
banana 1 $0.20 $0.20   $0.00 $0.20    
peanuts salted in shell 1 $3.29 $3.29   $0.00 $3.29    
One a Day vitamins 25% off 4 $5.09 $20.36   $18.00 $2.36 6 $5/1PQ+$2/1 MQ1-3ss
Sundown Fish Oil 2 $4.99 $9.98   $10.00 -$0.02 3 $6/2PQ+$2/1 MQ1-24rp
24pk Publx water 1 $4.49 $4.49   $4.49 $0.00 1 free PQ peelie