Zero to Stockpile Challenge – Cindy’s Shopping Trip #11 – Includes a Case of Chicken

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It’s week number five of Zero to Stockpile and it’s another good one.

Thankfully I did most of my shopping at the very beginning of the week because I wound up with some kind of stomach bug which is why this post is a little delayed. But, I’m feeling much better now…just a little behind in my work both at home and here.

But, guys, not only am I way way below my $200 a week budget, I also bought 40 lbs of boneless chicken. I don’t have the chicken yet to put in my freezer but no worries for me because I’m still sitting with about 25 lbs to eat up before I pick up my order in April. At $0.99/lb I couldn’t pass that up.

Although it seems like I may be almost ready to end the Zero to Stockpile Challenge, I’m not done yet. There are still things needed in my stockpile so there may be times, in the next few weeks, that my spending may spike a little bit in order to stock up. But, honestly, I don’t ever expect to be back up to the $200 spending. I anticipate I’ll be floating around $75 – $125 each week for the next few weeks. My goal is to be at my old budget of $75 each and every week (maybe even less than that) at around week twelve.

Here are the items I still need to stock up on. Some of these items I already have in my stockpile but would prefer to have more:

Hope your stockpile is getting bigger and your grocery spending is smaller.

Be sure to visit the Zero to Stockpile page so you can read all about this Challenge I gave myself and how you can do it as well.

My Budget Tracking

Here is what I bought and how much I spent. You can see my progress by viewing the following documents:

If you are unsure why I increased my budget or why I donated my entire stockpile, you can read more about that here.

This Week’s Shopping Trip

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Pictures of My Current Stockpile

Updated after this shopping trip!

Top left: Paper Goods
Top Right: Beauty Products (left side)/Cleaning Products (right side)
Bottom Left: Food
Bottom Right: Freezer

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  • Laura D.

    All of the $1/1 Arm & Hammer ecoupons came off? It was reported earlier in the week that buying all three was triggering the $1/2 ecoupon instead of all of the $1/1’s. Did you also have the $1/2 loaded to your card? TIA!

    • What happened for me is (2) $1 came off. I didn’t realize that one was a $1/2 (I did this first thing on Sunday before we figured it all out). I thought they were both the $1/1. Honestly, I had forgotten I had the $1/2 clipped. So, I went to customer service, they returned the one and re rang it and then the $1/1 came off. So, I’m guessing that I am still sitting with a $1/1 in my account now. I haven’t looked.

      • Laura D.

        Got it! Thanks!

  • Eliane Sovich

    Even if you feed your family chicken every single day you will still have chicken left over in your freezer that will go bad because you can only freeze it for up to 3 months…

    • Not sure where you heard 3 months. But according to FDA guidelines, you can keep poultry frozen from 9 months – 1 year.

      • Eliane Sovich

        Interesting – didn’t know that……

    • And, if I did eat chicken everyday, 40 lbs would get me through just 20 days 😉 I cook 2 lbs at a time to feed my family.

      • Rocky

        And, I cook more than 2 lbs. at a time!!

      • Michelle Feliz Larsen

        I bought a case of chicken once and a lot of the breasts were “woody”. They were inedible when cooked. I only buy chicken that I can see now. It killed me to throw them out ):

  • Carrie

    Cindy, I am trying to figure out what is in all the canning jars in the freezer ? (…I didn’t even know you could freeze those jars lol ?) Is it soup or stock? Thanks!