Pin It Well, to tell you the truth, today is not a good day in my Food waste challenge. Actually, it's the worst ever! It all started like this:
Well, actually with a bread on the back. Piece of fish was at the very end of my freezer. It expired a year ago. BOO!
But back to the story of a bread. I was getting a box of pasta out of my pantry when I noticed that there was something behind all the boxes. And when I got it out, it was a bag with a few slices of VERY green bread. Gross gross gross! Apparently, My Older Kid put the bread in the back and completely forgot about it.
Then a couple of days later I went to grab a bottle of ketchup and I saw ...well, that it expired in March of last year! And to make things worse, the were not one but three bottles of the expired ketchup. So here we go (oh, and I also found a baggie of old trail mix):
So I decided that it's time to clean my pantry. I haven't done in a while. The result...is BAD:
31 different cans and packages!!! All expired November of last year or earlier. This is truly a sad day. I've been doing so well with our fridge and freezer but, apparently, my pantry needed help the most. On the bright side, now my pantry is all nice and clean, and I'm ready to start a new week.
So here's what I threw away this week:
Bread-appr. 25c (there were about 5 pieces in a bag, and it was a cheap loaf)
Heinz ketchup- 89c/ea (still had stickers on bottles)
GV ketchup- 79c
Trail mix- 50c (it's funny, I still remember most of the prices on the things I bought. I wish I would remember the expiration dates too...)
3 Campbell's select soups, 99c ea
8 chicken noodle soups, 50c ea
1 Campbell's gravy-50c
1 big can of Chili beans w/sauce- 75c (manager's special, the price is still on a can)
1 big can of canned pears-99c, expired in Dec, 2010!!!
1 peanut butter- got it for free but still very sad
1 little bag of leftover chips-let's say, 50c
2 boxes of old taco shells- got them for 50c each
4 bags of popcorn-25c ea
1 mustard dipping sauce-69c
1 Ken's poppy seed dressing- 99c
1 can mixed veggies-50c (manager's special)
3 Stove Top stuffing boxes, 50c ea
1 Kikkoman sesame marinade-don't remember but I doubt I payed more than a dollar for it
1 Reser's potato salad- got it for free but nobody liked it. I kept moving it around the fridge until it got gross
So in total I threw away $21.19 worth of food... No good! But you know what? I've learned my lesson ! Just because something is a good deal, on sale, on clearance or I have a coupon for it, doesn't mean I need to buy it! We do not like canned chicken noodle soup but I bought it just in case...The whole case...Or stuffing... I can't stand store-bought stuffing! It's too salty and lacks flavor but again, I got it just in case! No more!!
I threw away almost 10% of my food budget this month. It's not gonna happen again!
YTD spending: $191.04
YTD savings: $140.95
Left to spend this month: $88.96
YTD coupons used : 32
YTD waste: $26.33