I feel like I'm playing Settlers of Catan or a reality TV game in which the object is to buy the resources that will yield the most meals for the cheapest price to reach the finish line with the most plentifully stocked pantry. This requires pricing every item per serving, knowing the best prices of the year, and buying hen using what one has until the next sale.
Peanut Butter is on sale for $.88. This food makes sandwiches, cookies and a Thai dip for flat bread (any other uses?). It is a good product for our three month storage goal because we could eat PB sandwiches everyday.
Potatoes are also on sale for $.13/pound. This is lower than the sale in January and almost as low as the annual low of $.09/pound. Will they keep in the cool of the basement? Do I stock enough for the summer? The versatility of the potato makes it an excellent choice for a food staple. The cost is less than $.05/serving at this price finishing a close second to rice that is $.03/serving. Each week the list of foods in our virtual pantry expands. With a little discipline and planning, we will hopefully feed the family, meet nutritional needs and fill our shelves.
To help manage the financial challenge I invested in plastic pants, pins and bleach so I could use the 12 cloth diapers on my shelf. My children have no idea what to do. They are asking if I throw the diapers away and how they are pinned, why the plastic pants etc... I plan to use disposable when we go out and at night but the cloth when we are home and able to manage cloth diapers. It will be good exposure for the children. Today I saved the equivalent of two disposable diapers.
This is building "Intestinal Fortitude" -One day at a time.
Breakfast: Rice Pudding
Lunch: Leftovers about one- two servings each dish: fried potatoes, shirred eggs, vegetable pot pie, rice pudding, carrot pudding
Dinner: Mesquite chicken (a free bottle of spice with the purchase of frozen chicken breasts at $1.69/pound, rice adn steamed cauliflower. Dessert: snickerdoodle cookies