This weekend I cleaned out my pantry. It’s always good to take an inventory of what you have — I had more expired goods than I care to admit — because a stockpile is only good if you’re going to eat it!
N and I are changing our entire diet around, so this pantry clean-up was much needed. Among expired goods, I also tossed (or donated, depending on whether or not they were open already) mix packets, snack foods, a box of cheesecake mix, white rice, high-sugar cereals, and a few jars of pasta sauce we bought on sale, but that were not to our tastes and had been sitting for a while.
My pantry is now full of
- whole wheat pasta: bought on sale for $.59 per box — $21.24 for my entire year’s supply!
- brown rice.
- dried beans, chickpeas and lentils: under $1.50 each — one bag should take us through the week, or more with the lentils.
- couscous: I splurged and bought organic at around $8, but this will last us well over a month or possibly two!
I used up the remaining cans of crushed tomatoes to make pasta sauce for about 10-15 meals. We bought these cans last year at the stock up sale, and spent around .88 per can.
I am also down to my last 6 canned goods. After these run out, we will no longer be buying cans. I want to get as far away from foods that may be packaged in containers with BPA, and I would like to eat more whole foods.
The reason for this sudden change is that I have recently been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). In my research, I have found that women with PCOS are at a higher risk for many conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, and more. PCOS can be helped, if not reversed, with proper diet and exercise.
Because of this, N and I have upped our grocery budget for the next few weeks. We want to practice eating healthy foods first, and then move on to finding cheaper ways to eat healthy.
Next week I will post about finding deals on healthy, whole foods, and what we’re doing with our grocery budget.
I will also follow up on last week’s tutoring as a side-hustle post, with a special guest post from someone who has made tutoring successful (and has a deal for Real Simple Finance readers!).
What are your plans this week?