As I've mentioned, my January custom for the past 4 years has been to challenge myself to use just half our normal grocery budget and donate the other half.
The first step in this process is to inventory our kitchen/freezer/pantry for stuff that needs to be used up. This is a random assortment of things we were given, great deals, and/or items that are about to expire. Here is this year's list:
*graham crackers (Bought these as a snack, and my kids decided they no longer like them. What?! I haven't made a graham cracker crust before, but that's my plan.)
*Panko bread crumbs
*ramen (Usually have this on hand, but I bought a large case on an amazing markdown last month.)
*teriyaki sauce (Ended up with 2 open bottles--different brands, so just want to use one up)
*cinnamon roll frosting (Mmm, the possibilities!)
*onions (3 left from our garden and they need to be used before they spoil)
*butternut squash (")
*potato soup mix
*beer bread mix
*ranch dip mix
*donuts (I tried freezing some extra bakery donuts and it worked great--just heated them briefly in the microwave.)
(Italicized items have been used
up by the writing of this post.) I also have a bin full of baby food purees I made for Naomi, and I'd like to use those up this month and start transitioning her from purees. That will clear up a lot of space in our deep freeze!
I'm almost halfway through January, and
enjoying the added challenge. I always like coming up with a grocery plan that involves
sales, matching ads, and coupons, but this month I have to be especially discerning in deciding what to purchase.
I haven't finalized yet where the extra money will be sent, but I'm considering a few options and will keep you posted.