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Old 02-04-2003, 09:44 AM
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I'm not even buying fresh produce, unless it's a really good deal. The store here had 3lb bags of apples for .98--I found one that was almost 5 lbs and had fairly small apples. But I've got lots of canned fruit(from last summer) and some frozen. I do buy eggs and milk as needed--eggs are much cheaper than a box of cereal!!
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Old 02-04-2003, 11:49 AM
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My biggest expense in a month is fruit & vegeatbles. Right now I am depending on canned and frozen veggies(prices are too high for no so good looking produce). I buy almost all of my fruits from Sam's. My family can eat fruit like there is no tomorrow. I just went to sam's on Saturday and this is what I bought.....8# of apples, 5# pears, a box of clementines, 2.5# of grape tomatoes, 6# bananas & a 5# bag of baby carrots. My family will eat all the pears, clementines, and bananas my next Friday. We are already into our 2nd bunch of bananas and I only have 2 pears left. we have eaten a pound of strawberries as well. I easily spend $$30 a week on fruits. I know that is alot. But I would rather my kids munch on fruit than chocolate.
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Oh, I agree with that!! Chocolate is a rare treat in our house--I'd much rather spend the money on fruit!
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Been eating leftovers. I've done as much as I think I want to with the leftover cauliflower though. I'm tossing it. Glad DH gets paid on Thursday as the natives are getting restless. I'm not going to buy much though!
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Old 02-04-2003, 02:45 PM
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Pantry Challenge

LuvMyFF That's a great term "pantry challenge". I do that some months, but didn't have any cute name to give it on my menu calendar. I think I'll adopt it! Dawny
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Dawny~ I can't take credit for the name. I got it from one of my lists that I belong to. I am now starting it full fledged. I just don't want to have to move all of the stuff.

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Old 02-07-2003, 02:03 PM
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I don't know if you have these stores in MI where you are, but we have one called Randazzos in Wayne. They are supurb for fruits and vegs both in season and out of season. That is all they carry and their prices are great.

I haven't been in a long time but I should make a trip there this weekend.

I go to one Krogers where they are 1.79 per lb and the Meijers is 1.29 per lb but Randazzos is usually under $ 1 per lb or so many for a particular price. Worth the trip if you don't have to go to far.
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Oh--I used to go there all the time! I loved it--I wish there was one up here. But there is a year-round farmer's market just up the road. The owners grow the produce in their greenhouses and own ther own truck for moving the stuff, so the prices are very reasonable! Bananas there are 4 lbs/$1--everywhere else they are .59/lb. Apples are .89/lb, carrots .49/lb....very good prices considering it's Februaury lol!!
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I'm going to do the pantry challenge also. My pantry is completely full but I know there are some strange things in there also. I will use it all up though. My freezer is stocked with venison and elk and chicken. I also have a bunch of other stuff in there. My Mom gave me 5 loaves of banana bread, 5 loaves of zucchini bread and then about 10 smaller loaves of pumpkin bread and banana bread with coconut and chocolate chips. And she had also baked about 5 different kinds of cookies and wrapped them up in packages of 2 doz. then she froze them. And 4 kinds of fudge and brownies each. We have slowly been working on those. Plus, she gave me all her flour, sugar and other baking supplies, all her spices and extracts. She said she wanted to lose weight and was not planning on baking again until the holidays.

I'm sure if I planned right, I could make everything last a month. I should take an inventory of what I have first, then plan from there.
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Old 02-16-2003, 01:45 PM
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LeeAnn, doing an inventory is a very good idea. I need to do that too. Thanks for the reminder!

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