Pantry and Freezer Challenge March 2015 – spent $44.27 so far


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I’ve mentioned it a few times in Rise and Shine, but for the month of March, I’m doing a Pantry & Freezer challenge at my house. I do these a couple times a year – the purpose is to eat as much from my pantry and freezer as possible – and as little at the grocery store as I can.

The purpose of the challenge is:

  • Take a good inventory of what I have in the pantry and freezer
  • Use up close-dated items in stockpile and freezer
  • Eat out as LITTLE as possible, saving money by eating at home
  • Save major money on groceries for the month

It’s like a short-term diet for your grocery budget and a great way to thin out your freezer and pantry.

My goal for March is to spend no more than $200 at the grocery store, while STILL eating lots of fresh foods, meats and dairy products. Hopefully I’ll spend less, but this will be my initial goal. On a typical month I spend closer to $400 on groceries for our family for 4.

The other goal is to clean out my pantry and freezer as much as possible. As I’ve mentioned before we plan to move this spring (see our downsizing journey here), so I’d like to get rid of our stockpile and sell our EMPTY freezer early this spring.

Now a pantry and freezer challenge is going to look different for each and everyone of us – it all depends on what you have in-stock when you start the challenge.

How much you spend during a grocery challenge will depend on:

  • How much you currently have in your stockpile and freezer
  • How many people you have in your family
  • How flexible you can be with meal planning
  • If you have any special dietary needs

Overall I see it like a big RESET button – for our stockpile and our freezer. Plus a nice savings in our grocery budget.

So far this month, here is what I’ve purchased at the grocery store:

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March 3, 2015 – QFC – spent $15.84
Nearly 4 pounds of mushrooms on markdown, hummus, two packages of salad mix, butter, garlic bread, Mission tortillas, a dozen Simple Truth eggs, eight marked-down yogurts.

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March 6, 2015 – QFC – spent $28.43
Gallon of organic milk, large clamshell spinach, 1/2 gallon chocolate milk, clamshell organic arugula, Wholly guacamole, Jennie-O Ground turkey 20 oz, two packages of mushrooms, four packages of Insernio’s breakfast sausage (reg. $6.99 each!!), bunch of bananas and a box of Fisher’s baking mix (pancakes). 

Month to date spending to date – $44.27 (budget $200)

Just so you don’t think we’re eating canned veggies and boxed dinners to save money, so far this month, we’ve had the following dinners:

  • Homemade spaghetti sauce and noodles with garlic bread
  • Grilled chicken salad with grilled asparagus and sautéed mushrooms
  • Grilled cheeseburgers with gouda cheese, spinach and sautéed onions
  • Nachos with leftover taco meat
  • Leftovers of above listed meals

I’ve posted a few photos from our meals over on Instagram and that’s a great way to get a glimpse into our daily lives.

I will update this post if I do more shopping. I’d love to hear from you if you’re joining me for this month’s Pantry and Freezer challenge!!

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IKEA – Bring Your Own Friends Event, March 7


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Tomorrow, March 7, is IKEA’s Annual Bring Your Own Friends Event! You can RSVP for this event today or check for special events at your local IKEA here. You’ll receive coupons for a FREE Breakfast, FREE blue bag and a Buy one dessert, get one free valid at the IKEA Restaurant.

IKEA Family Members will have access to exclusive one-day-only offers, special storewide savings, FREE coffee or hot tea with your IKEA Family card and more! IKEA Family is FREE to join.

IKEA Portland and Tempe will not be participating in this year’s event.

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Merrell Jungle Moc Men’s Nubuck Slip-On – $25.90 shipped (reg. $89.95)


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Merrell Jungle Moc Men’s Nubuck Slip-On

Nordstrom has Merrell Jungle Moc Men’s Nubuck Slip-On marked down to $25.90 (reg. $89.95).  Sizes are limited and selling quickly.  Great price for this brand.  Nordstrom always offers FREE Shipping & Returns.

  • Double elastic goring.
  • Removable insole.
  • Nubuck leather upper/textile lining/sticky rubber outsole.
  • By Merrell; imported.
  • Men’s Shoes.

Find it here:  Merrell Jungle Moc Men’s Nubuck Slip-On

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Despicable Me Dave Evil Minion Plush Backpack – $8.53 (reg. $25)


Despicable Me Dave Evil Minion Plush Backpack

Despicable Me Dave Evil Minion Plush Backpack

Amazon has this adorable Accessory Innovations Despicable Me Dave Evil Minion Plush Backpack on sale for $8.53 (reg. $25).  Great review.

  • 90% Polyester/10% Polypropylene
  • Imported
  • Hand Wash
  • Despicable me
  • Dave
  • Includes small zipper accessory pocket
  • Plush backpack

Ships FREE with $35 qualifying purchase or with an Amazon Prime membershipAmazon prices can change at anytime.  See other Amazon deals here.

Find it here:  Despicable Me Dave Evil Minion Plush Backpack

Other ways to save on Amazon:

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Seattle’s Best Coupons – $1/1 Seattle’s Best K-Cups and $1/1 Seattle’s Best Coffee bags


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Seattle’s Best Coupons

Check out these new coupons for $1/1 Seattle’s Best K-Cups and $1/1 Seattle’s Best Coffee bags. You can print each coupon two times.

WINCO

Seattle’s Best Coffee, 12 oz bag – $4.89
$1/1 Seattle’s Best Coffee bags
Final price: $3.89

SAFEWAY 3/6 only

Seattle’s Best Coffee, 12 ozbag or 10 K-cups – $5.00
$1/1 Seattle’s Best K-Cups
$1/1 Seattle’s Best Coffee bags
Final price: $4.00

Looking for a specific coupon? Search the Queen Bee Coupon database here and find the latest printable coupons here

Print the Seattle’s Best coupons here

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Target – Bear Naked Granola $1.68 (reg. $3.49) – print coupons now!


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Starting on Sunday, March 8, Target will have a Buy 3, Get 1 FREE promotion on Bear Naked Granola. Make sure to print the $1.25/1 Bear Naked Granola or granola bars coupon now in case it disappears.

Deal scenario:
Buy (4) Bear Naked Granola @ $3.49 (reg price) = $10.47
Buy 3, Get 1 FREE from March 8-14
Use (3) $1.25/1 Bear Naked Granola or granola bars <–direct link
Final price = $1.68 each
*stock up price*

(Thanks, Totally Target!)
 

Find other Target deals here

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Crocs Girls’ Shayna Glitter Ombre Mary Jane – $11.24 (reg. $29.99)


Crocs Girls Shayna Glitter Ombre Mary Jane

Crocs Girls’ Shayna Glitter Ombre Mary Jane

The Crocs Girls’ Shayna Glitter Ombre Mary Jane on sale for $14.99 (reg. $29.99).  And you can save an additional 25% when you use code FF25 at checkout, making them just $11.24.  Good reviews, sounds like they may run a  bit small.  FREE Shipping on orders $24.99 or more.

  • Her favorite Mary Jane style with a fun glitter ombre effect
  • Croslite™ material makes them light and comfortable
  • Slingback Mary Jane style gives her a more secure fit

Find more great deals on Crocs.com and save 25% sitewide, including sale items, with code FF25 at checkout.  Shop Crocs.com here.

Find it here:  Crocs Girls’ Shayna Glitter Ombre Mary Jane

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Rise and Shine March 6 – Cole Haan men’s shoes, Crayola fashion set, Safeway $5 Friday, more


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Rise and Shine is my way of sitting down and having a cup of coffee with you! We talk about the new deals of the day, highlights from yesterday, and anything else that might help us save time, money or energy. Published Monday through Friday – as I’m able. 

Good morning! Welcome to Friday! How are you doing today? I’m looking forward to this weekend. Do you have any big plans?

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Last night, for dinner, we grilled burgers. The patties and the buns were from the freezer. We sautéed up some onions and used some leftover gouda and spinach – and the burgers turned out awesome.

We are having the in-laws come over tonight and we have a party this weekend that I’m bringing a salad too – so I plan to hit the grocery store today. As part of the pantry challenge I’ve only spent $15.84 this month – and I’d like to keep it low – so we’ll see what we can find today at the store.

Coupons

Head over here to print your coupons

$1.50 off (1) Seattle’s Best Coffee bag
$1.50 off (1) Seattle’s Best Coffee K-cup packs
$1 off any (1) Starbucks Iced Coffee
$0.50 off NESTLE Crunch Easter Mini Bars 10 oz
$1 off 2 NESTLE Jelly Beans, Laffy Taffy, Nerds
$1 off 2 NESTLE, Butterfinger, Crunch NestEggs
$1 off any two KRAFT Natural Cheese
$1 off Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk
$0.50 off Butterfinger Easter Mini Bars 11oz
$1 off (2) Louisiana Fish Fry Breadings
$1 off one 4-pack Danimals Squeezables Yogurt
$0.75 off on any one Jimmy Dean Breakfast Bowl
$2 off CLEAN & CLEAR Advantage acne product
$1 off any NEUTROGENA acne product
$1 off any ONE (1) CLEAN & CLEAR acne product
$1 off any NEUTROGENA SKINCLEARING cosmetics
$2 off Always Discreet Incontinence Underwear
$2 off any NEUTROGENA RAPID CLEAR acne product
$3 off NEUTROGENA Complete Acne Therapy System
$3 off CLEAN & CLEAR Advantage Acne Control kit

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Sunday Coupon Preview March 8 – Two inserts, Smart Source and Red Plum, plus a special Newspaper Subscription Deal.

Online and Retail Sale

Childrens Place - free shipping 3-5-15

Children’s Place Friends & Family Sale is happening right now with FREE shipping on every order and 30% off with code FAMILY3 at checkout (no exclusions).  Plus now through April 5, you’ll earn $10 Place Cash for every $20 you spend to use on orders starting April 6.

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Whole Foods – 30 Tulips for $10, Friday March 6 only!


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TODAY, Friday, March 6, Whole Foods has tulips on sale – get three (3) 10-stem tulip bunches for $10! You can see what’s on sale at Whole Foods NW stores this week here.

BC, WA and OR stores only. Check with local stores for rain check policy. Color availability may vary by store.

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NCAA Team Color Quilted Hobo Bag, including UW Huskies and WSU Cougars – as low as $4.03 (reg. $39), add-on item


NCAA Team Color Quilted Hobo

NCAA Team Color Quilted Hobo Bag

Amazon has some great deals on NCAA Team Color Quilted Hobo Bags – including Washington State Cougars bag for $4.03 (reg. $39) and University of Washington Huskies bag for $5.07 (reg. $39).  Lots of other teams are available as well.  Many of these are add-on items meaning they ship with a purchase of $25 if you have Prime and $35 if you are wanting Super Saver Shipping.

  • Quilted Hobo with Rich Satin-Like Quilting
  • 8.5″ Faux Leather Handle Drop Length
  • Embroidered Appliqué of Favorite Team Logo
  • Zipper Closure

Ships FREE with $35 qualifying purchase or with an Amazon Prime membershipAmazon prices can change at anytime.  See other Amazon deals here.

Find it here: NCAA Team Color Quilted Hobo Bag

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Safeway $5 Friday – Cheerios, Luvs, Seattle’s Best Coffee, Strawberries, Mission Chips + more!


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Today is $5 Friday at Safeway! You’ll see some of the best today-only deals listed below – including $0.92 Cheerios, Luvs Jumbo packs for $4.50, Seattle’s Best Coffee bags or K-cups for $3, 2 lb containers of Strawberries for $5 and Mission Chips for $1.67 per bag!

Be sure to check out the full Safeway matchup for a complete list of today’s $5 Friday sale items.

Fresh Express Cole Slaw or Garden Salad, 7 – 14 oz – $1.25
- $1.00/2 Fresh Express; Sign Up For Challenge/Club, Coupon Emailed, Previous purchase/bar codes required; DND
Final Price: $0.75

General Mills Cheerios, 12 oz – $1.67
- $1.00/3 General Mills Big G Cereals – 2-22-15 SS – (exp. 04/04/15)
- $0.75/1 General Mills Original Cheerios Cereal – 3-1-15 RP – (exp. 04/11/15)
Final Price: $0.92

General Mills Reese’s Puffs Cereal, 13 oz – $1.67
- $1.00/3 General Mills Big G Cereals – 2-22-15 SS – (exp. 04/04/15)
Final Price: $1.33

Dr Pepper or 7UP Products, 12 pk 12 oz cans – $2.50 Limit 6
- $0.50/1 Diet Dr. Pepper – Safeway Digital Coupon – (exp. 03/10/15)
- $1.00/1 Sunkist, 7up, Canada Dry, or A&W TEN Soda Product
- $1.00/1 Sunkist Soda TEN, Canada Dry TEN, 7 Up TEN, or A&W TEN – Safeway Digital Coupon – (exp. 03/31/15)
Final Price: $1.50

Mission Tortilla Chips, 13 oz – $1.67

Nabisco Chips Ahoy Cookies, 9.5 – 14 oz – $1.67

Gold Medal Flour, 5 lb – $2.50

Crisco Cooking Oil, 48 oz – $2.50

Seattle’s Best Coffee, 10 ct k-cups or 12 oz bag – $5
- $1.00/1 Seattle’s Best Coffee K-Cup Packs, 10 ct or 16 ct
- $2.00/1 Seattle’s Best Coffee, 12 oz or K-Cups Packs, 10 or 16 ct – Facebook Coupon
- $2.00/1 Seattle’s Best Coffee Ground Coffee, 12 or 20 oz Or K-Cup Packs, 10 or 16 ct
- $1.00/1 Seattle’s Best Coffee K-Cups – Safeway Digital Coupon – (exp. 03/05/15)
- $1.50/1 Seattle’s Best Ground Coffee or K-Cup Packs – Safeway Digital Coupon – (exp. 04/01/15)
Final Price: $3

Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk, 96 oz – $5
- $1.00/1 Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk
- $0.55/1 Blue Diamond Chilled or Shelf Stable Almond Breeze Almondmilk, 32 oz or Larger – 1-18-15 SS – (exp. 03/18/15)
- $1.00/1 Blue Diamond Chilled or Shelf Stable Almond Breeze Almondmilk, 32 oz or Larger – 1-18-15 SS – (exp. 03/18/15)
Final Price: $4

Huggies Wipes, 168 – 216 ct – $5
- $0.50 / 1 Huggies Wipes
- $0.50/1 Huggies Wipes, 32 ct or Larger; DND (Zip Code 43420)
- $0.50/1 Huggies Baby Wipes - $0.50/1 Huggies Baby Wipes, 32 ct or Larger; DND
- $0.50/1 Huggies Wipes – Safeway Digital Coupon – (exp. 03/21/15)

Luv’s Diapers, 21 – 34 ct – $5
- $0.50/1 Luvs Diapers; Excludes Trial and Travel Size; Limit of 4 Like Coupons Per Household Per Day
- $0.50/1 Luvs Diapers
- $1.00/2 Luvs Bags or Box Diapers – 3-1-15 PG – (exp. 03/31/15)
Final Price: $4.50

Strawberries, 2 lb – $5

Find other Safeway deals here.

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Patagonia Women’s Rover Trail Running Shoe – $37.50 (reg. $125), best price


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Amazon has a super price on these  Patagonia Women’s Rover Trail Running Shoe on sale for $37.50 (reg. $125) – a 70% off discount. It’s this color only at this price. Reviews are great, saying this is a great light-weight hiking shoe. BEST price they’ve been on Amazon and fantastic price for this brand.

  • Synthetic/Textile
  • Imported
  • Rubber sole
  • 4mm heel-to-toe drop
  • Abrasion-resistant upper with toe rand
  • Dri-Lex moisture-wicking collar
  • Extra sticky rubber outsole

Ships FREE. Amazon prices can change at anytime.  See other Amazon deals here.

Find it here: Patagonia Women’s Rover Trail Running Shoe

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