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WIAW: trying to clean out the fridge

I think I’m pretty good with money. Contrary to what Matty B might say, I believe that I’m fiscally responsible although I want some of those trendy ankle boots. I shop clearance racks and sales. I use coupons when possible. I try not to buy things that we really don’t need (I’m actually kind of terrible at this, but at least I acknowledge that it’s a thing) and I’m all about the hand-me-downs.

In all reality, other than major expenses (mortgage, private tuition, etc.), our biggest expenditure per month is our grocery bill. There’s a reason for this. Actually, there are three:

1. We rarely go out to eat. It’s not that we don’t enjoy it, but our options are somewhat slim and I’ve yet to enjoy a relaxing meal out with our two youngsters. Soon. Just not yet.

2. Sadly, healthy food is expensive. My kids love Granny Smith apples. I bought 5 of them the other day and paid $10. Ridiculous. Do you know how many packets of Ramen you can buy for $10? A lot.

3. I really love grocery shopping. I get inspired to create in the kitchen and sometimes I get to go solo which is sort of wonderful. Naturally, if the grocery store is my happy place, I’m going to spend more money.

With all that being said, even though I don’t mind spending a fair chunk of change at the supermarket, I really don’t like wasting food.

We’re going on vacation. I’m on a mission to eat the food in the fridge/freezer and not go to the store this week. So far, I’m winning.

Breakfast:

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Oats, banana, almond butter, chia seeds, walnuts. Technically, I’m cheating with this meal because the majority of these foods were from the pantry. However, the bananas were looking sad and no one wants a mushy banana plain.

Lunch:

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Some random carrot and celery sticks, two hard boiled eggs and the last yogurt. Obviously I was still hungry after this, so I got a coffee from Dutch Bros. I didn’t take a photo, but the lid message said “I love you” and I believed it.

Dinner:

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Mashed potatoes, frozen peas, some sort of soy meat steak thing and a few leftover mini cornbread muffins.

Dessert:

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A couple cookies from one of those Pinterest-y layered mason jar cookie mixes.

Other than my coffee, I purchased not one thing and only cooked from the kitchen! Success! And all the money I saved can go into my new ankle boots fund, right Matty B?

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