Sunday, February 08, 2009

Freezer inventory & grocery challenge

Apologies for the flurry of posts this afternoon!

I decided what better thing to do on a 40 deg day but a freezer inventory and re-org! I had to work fast though to avoid everything thawing..

This is what I have in my freezer & the number of portions (after I tossed the unrecognisable or badly freezer-bitten stuff):

Meat
  • steak - 14
  • mince - 10
  • chicken - 4
  • chicken wings - 1
  • sausages - 10
  • pork chops - 2
  • fish - 3
  • bacon
  • bacon pieces (use for pizzas & flavouring)
  • salami (handful - use for flavouring)
  • ham
  • devon
Frozen Veges
  • celery
  • mushrooms
  • capsicum
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • peas
  • carrots
  • chillis
  • mashed pumpkin (use for scones / bread)
Frozen Fruit
  • bagfull of bananas (to make bread or muffins)
  • 2 apples (cook for crumble etc)
  • tinned pineapple - 3
  • tinned fruit salad - 1
  • coconut cream - 1
Prepared Meals / Sides / Other stuff
  • cooked snags - 1
  • cooked snag & onion casserole - 1
  • pizza dough - 1
  • couscous - 1
  • tomato soup - 2
  • chicken stock - 5
  • shortcrust pastry - 3 or 4 sheets
There are at least 6 weeks worth of meals there (along with stuff from the pantry), so how's about a challenge?

I'm going to keep shopping to a minimum for the next 6 weeks. I'll try to keep it to fresh fruit & veges, and staples like eggs, milk, cheese, bread etc. Hmm, can I sneak ice-cream into staples??!

So the money I save doesn't just disappear I'll put some figures on it.

Normal grocery shopping budget is $95/week. If I allow $25/week for purchases, that should be $70/week I save - or $420 over the time.

  • I have a higher than normal water bill due in a couple of weeks, so $70 will go to that.
  • I'll put aside $20/week to go to restock on meat at the end of the 6 weeks - $120.
  • That will leave $230 to go into savings.
I'll report in each week - Anyone want to join in?

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Kez said...

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Miserly Mum said...

Wow Kez, best of luck with your challenge, I can only dream of being away from the grocery department of any major supermarket for 6 weeks :-)