Our Summer Food Challenge

Wow, it’s been forever since I’ve written anything here.  I guess life has just been so busy.  But now Jacob is done with his school year, we are both done with the regular school year schedule at church, and I only have 3 weeks until my summer vacation starts.

Since the weather has been so nice (I’m already on my 3rd sunburn of the year), we’ve been doing a lot of grilling.  We’ve also been stretching our groceries and going without for 3-4 weeks at a time.  We decided to give ourselves a little challenge.  Instead of planning meals like I normally do, we bought a whole bunch of groceries, filled our freezer and pantry, and we’re going to see how long we will be able to go before getting groceries again. We also decided to eat sandwiches for lunch instead of leftovers, then eat the leftovers for supper the next day.  We’ll see how long that lasts.

Obviously we will need to go to the grocery store for things such as milk, eggs, and other perishables.  With only 2 of us in the house, that will probably only be every 1 1/2 to 2 weeks.  We shopped at both Aldi and Meijer using coupons, MPerks, and finding things on sale. Overall, we spent around $150 and our house is completely stocked with…

  • 4 lbs of chicken drumsticks
  • 5 lbs of hamburger patties
  • 6 lbs of ground turkey
  • 2 lbs of bacon
  • 2 packages of johnsonville brats
  • 2 loaves of bread
  • 2 packages sliced turkey lunch meat
  • 2 packages sliced pepperoni
  • hot dog and hamburger buns
  • blueberry bagels
  • Tortillas
  • Variety Box of Crackers
  • 2 lbs Elbow Macaroni Noodles
  • 1 lb Tri-Color Rotini
  • 2 boxes of Chef Boyardee Pizza Kidts
  • Italian Dressing
  • Hot Wing Sauce
  • 5 – 8 oz cans of tomato sauce
  • 10 cans of vegetables – corn, peas, green beans
  • 7 cans of beans – refried, black, and chili
  • 2 cans of spaghetti sauce
  • 2 cans of enchilada sauce
  • Sliced Cheese – Colby Jack, Pepper Jack, and Provolone
  • 3 bags of shredded cheese – mozzarella, italian blend, and taco blend
  • 2 bags of frozen california blend veggies
  • bell peppers
  • 10 lbs of potatoes.

Some of the stuff was on my list, some were on sale so we decided to stock up.  We also got milk and eggs, just to have them in the house.  Some things we already had in the house, but will definitely be used in the next few months are…

  • onions
  • frozen meatballs
  • 1 package of johnsonville brats
  • 5 pounds of ground beef
  • frozen ravioli
  • spaghetti noodles
  • lasagna noodles
  • fettuccine noodles
  • Various Vegetables (frozen and canned)

I plan to blog about the meals that we’re able to make with all our groceries.  And don’t worry, I’ll let you know when we need to stock up again!  Jacob already made one meal for us for lunch today.  He grilled burgers – enough for us to have them again for supper tomorrow.  We used some of the buns and slices of cheese.  Since it was Sunday and I was feeling lazy, I didn’t make any side dishes to go along with it, which I guess saved the potatoes and vegetables.  We’ll eat the burgers again for supper tomorrow, and maybe I’ll make some potatoes or something then.  I’ll keep you posted!

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