No Spend Month: March

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I have successfully stocked up our pantry, refrigerators, freezers, personal care products, cleaners, paper products, and more.  I spent a lot of our income tax refund to do this.  Robert laughs at me and says we’re not getting another refrigerator/freezer so I have to use up what we have.  We also have no room left for pantry items and snacks.  I will have to buy some dairy and produce.  So it’s not 100% no spend.  But mostly.

We also don’t need any clothes.  Everyone has what they need for now.  Plenty of t-shirts, shorts, shoes, under clothes, etc.  We’re all set!

We plan on not eating out at all (if we have to, it’ll be okay… we’re just doing our best to eat at home/dining hall all meals!).

Gas will be our main expense because of driving to Kerrville (an hour and 15 minutes away) twice a week and Rocksprings (35 minutes away) 3 times a week!  I plan to drive our Xterra which uses a little less gas, but it’s still a lot to fill up every time we go to town!

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Pictured and shoved in the back:

  • Flour tortillas
  • Corn tortillas
  • Cut veggies
  • Almond milk
  • Chocolate chips (Lily’s and Tollhouse)
  • Unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • Maple syrup
  • Mexican vanilla
  • Boiled eggs
  • Protein steel cut oats
  • Leftovers
  • Chobani yogurt (for kids)
  • Cottage cheese
  • Minced garlic
  • Cauli-bits
  • Laughing cow cheese
  • Chocolate candy
  • Coke Zero
  • HEB Sparkling water (with some added apple juice)
  • HEB Greek yogurt
  • La Croix
  • Pickles
  • Spring mix
  • 2 links of sausage
  • Apple sauce packs

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  • Shredded cheddar
  • Shredded mozzarella
  • String cheese
  • Pepperoni
  • Deli meat
  • Sliced provolone

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  • Grapes
  • Carrots
  • Coleslaw
  • Onion (half)
  • Bell peppers
  • Avocados

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  • Apples
  • Mandarin oranges
  • Bagged veggies
  • Hummus
  • Fruit cups

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  • Strawberry cream cheese
  • Plain cream cheese
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Egg whites
  • Half and half (not pictured because it’s on my counter)
  • Condiments

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  • Frozen leftover fried chicken
  • Frozen homemade chicken stock
  • Frozen veggies

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  • Frozen bananas
  • Frozen blueberries
  • Frozen mixed berries

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  • Whole wheat bread
  • Frozen veggies
  • Ice cream 🙂

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  • Bacon (2)
  • Ground Beef
  • Whole chicken
  • Cut veggies for the week
  • Street taco tortillas
  • Sprouted bread
  • Half and half
  • Milk
  • Sour cream
  • Deli meat (2)
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Block cheese
  • HEB Greek yogurt

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  • Eggs (5 1/2 dozen)

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  • Deli meat
  • Shredded cheddar
  • Shredded mozzarella
  • Sliced provolone

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  • Jalapeños
  • Cabbage
  • Roma tomatoes
  • Avocados

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  • Cream cheese
  • Laughing cow cheese
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Breakfast sausage
  • Lily’s chocolate
  • Sour cream
  • Cottage cheese
  • Hot dogs
  • Hummus snack packs
  • Julio’s salsa

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  • Chicken nuggets (2 packages)
  • Chicken thighs (2 packages)
  • Pork chops (2 packages)
  • Carnitas (4 packages)

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  • Ground beef (7 pounds)
  • Chicken thighs (1 package)
  • Fish (1 package)
  • Frozen chicken breasts (1 bag)

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  • Assorted fruit

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Shown and shoved to the back:

  • Olive oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Hard white wheat flour
  • Unbleached flour
  • Kodiak cakes mix
  • Zulka sugar
  • Rolled oats
  • Steel cut oats
  • Quick oats
  • Corn meal
  • Grits
  • Coconut milk
  • Coconut butter
  • Annie’s Mac N Cheese
  • Barilla pasta
  • Barilla pesto
  • Chia seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Cocoa powder
  • Brown sugar
  • Shredded coconut
  • Pecans
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Brown rice
  • Pinto beans
  • Syrup
  • Corn starch
  • Almond flour
  • Mayo
  • Oolong tea
  • Skippy natural peanut butter

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  • Canola oil
  • Coffee (decaf and hazelnut)
  • Vinegar
  • Taco seasoning
  • Garlic powder
  • Chili powder
  • Sea salt
  • Cholula
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Molasses
  • Peanut butter and honey packets
  • Z-bars
  • Clif bars
  • Lots of Ramen (for backpacking)

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  • All of the herbs and spices one would need 🙂

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  • Salsa
  • Canned Corn
  • Canned pumpkin
  • Canned garbanzo beans
  • Canned pinto beans
  • Canned black beans
  • Salsa
  • Tomato paste
  • Tomato sauce
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Rotel
  • Jif to go peanut butter
  • Black olives
  • Raw honey
  • Mustard
  • Coconut oil spray
  • Tuna
  • Assorted jellies
  • Natural peanut butter
  • Protein powder
  • Powdered peanut butter
  • Relish

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  • Lots of herbal teas
  • Water drinks (Tru Lime and HEB brand)
  • Coffee (regular and decaf)
  • Decaf tea

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  • Veggie straws
  • Pretzels
  • Tostitos
  • Assorted cereals
  • Pop tarts
  • Oatmeal
  • Jerky (for backpacking)
  • White cheddar Cheez-its
  • Foil
  • Freezer bags
  • Snack bags
  • Parchment
  • Vitamins and fish oil

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  • Chips

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  • LOTS of snacks

As you can see, we have a TON of food.  I know I need to organize it all… I’ll get there.

Some things that I know I will need in a few weeks:

  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Salad
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Bell peppers
  • Shredded mozzarella (possibly)
  • Shredded cheddar (possibly)
  • Food for HAF homes (dinner with our gap year students)
  • Milk
  • Half and half
  • La Croix (weaning off of Coke Zero)
  • Possibly a few other things… but groceries for the month of March will be about $100

Have you considered having a no spend month?  A few years ago I did the same thing.  I wasn’t completely successful, so I’m hoping this month will go better!  All I can do is try!

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