I think the January Eat from the Pantry Challenge went really well overall. The best result for me is I am down to 20.2 pounds lost and I think no eating out (except when MIL bought us a pizza), is what really increased the loss. We were able to save $640 into the Beef Fund, bringing that to a total of $760. I kept $60 of the budget for the days February 1st through 5th for whatever we needed to buy before payday hits on the 5th.
We spent $100 on groceries for the month, mostly oranges, and recovery foods for DD. She needed some items I don't normally buy like lemon lime soda to settle her stomach while taking the Oxycodone, Welch's gelatine (like Jello, but not artificial dyes, no artificial flavors, and nothing else bad in it), pudding with no food dye, and a certain type of gluten free chip that seems to help mop up stomach acid in her case. We also bought gluten free, bread, regular bread, and milk.
Of the $60 I didn't put into the beef fund, I have $40 left. I went to the store yesterday and bought the 50 count bag of corn tortillas (and wow, have they gone up in price), pasture raised eggs, organic green onions (regular ones looked dinky), a bunch of organic cilantro, a lime, milk, and oranges. I also took back 3 milk bottles so part of that was paid with that $6 back. I don't think we will need to buy anything else before Friday, so I think the rest of that will go to the Beef Fund.
I learned a lot during the challenge and I am really glad I got control of our grocery spending. My plan for this upcoming paycheck is to take $100 of our grocery budget and put it directly into the Beef Fund and then with the remaining $300 buy our groceries, with any left over at the end of the pay period also going into the Beef Fund. If we can do that, even without any extra added, we should have $2300 for the Beef Fund, which ought to be enough to buy a half a beef and a half a hog, though I don't know about a lamb. Or a whole beef. Which might be better as I really only like bacon, ham, ribs, and sausage. I mean, I'll eat the other parts, too, but I much prefer beef and chicken, followed by turkey and lamb.
I did put up a youtube video on my channel on what I learned from this challenge if anyone wants to watch and like, or even not watch and just let run. I also put up weekly challenge videos if you want to see what I ate on the challenge. My channel has been struggling during the last year due to changes in the youtube algorithms. I'd like to get it back to where it was before all those changes.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTa2UTcS8oE It's a talking video, so if you've ever wondered what I looked like, here's your chance to see. Not really what I sound like though, since I had a very scratchy throat that day. But of course, you're under no obligation. I'm just really frustrated with youtube and its arbitrary changes.
I'm going to have to put a pause on the Emergency Fund. We need to come up with $1000 for a front door handicapped ramp. Mom will pay half like she did for the back door ramp. This was something we agreed to when we installed the first one. I just wasn't expecting to have to do it for another year. Two months of not putting money in the EF will pay for it. Or we could use our tax refund, which I had meant to go for building the garden and then an additional $200. I guess my goals for the year will be shot all to heck, but it is what it is.
I finally started writing again this week. I had really gotten out of the habit, but if I ever want to get this book done, I need to actually write every day. So that is my challenge for the month of February, to write every day.