It's been three weeks since my last "real" shopping trip. Back on February 19th, I spent $485.03. Two weeks ago, I stopped and picked up four gallons of milk that were on sale for $2.89 each and one loaf of bread. My total spent on that week was $13.52. On Saturday, I picked up two gallons of milk and two loaves of bread - total spent $12.98.
My shopping week is next week. And while there is basically nothing that we need, I have an overwhelming urge to go to the store. How weird is that? I mean, I hate grocery shopping, but I've gone just about every week of my life. I even went weekly when I lived at home. We shopped every single Saturday morning, right after cleaning the house. It's like it's ingrained into my being to go to the store weekly.
I still have a case of yogurt in the freezer as well as lots of apples and clementines for fresh fruit. I have plenty to finish the week until next week's shopping trip.
I'm mostly just amazed at my desire to go to the store. It's almost Pavlovian.
I can tell you that this has been an overwhelming success. I've spent at total of $511.53 for an entire month of breakfast, lunch and dinners for five people. That includes taking dinner to another family, having family and friends over twice, and taking chili and a cake to a dinner at church. After reviewing the past few months (not including Pantry Challenge month), I spend around $600 to $800 per month. I've saved anywhere from $80 to $280.
This is definitely a project I'm going to continue.