I have a confession…I like to buy in bulk. My husband and I have been members of Costco for about 6 months and were members at Sam’s for a year before that (I think Costco is waaaay better than Sam’s, in case you’re curious) and we’ve managed to ‘stock up’ on lots of things. We only buy things that are either pantry items that will last for a long time (canned tomatoes, pasta, oats) or can be frozen (chicken, salmon burgers, ice cream sandwiches…). We even have a small chest freezer for extra frozen things. We’ve saved quite a bit of money buying in bulk, but since we are moving in about a month, we have a lot of food to eat!
From now on, grocery store trips are only for fresh things like produce and bread and we’re going to have to get creative with what we have on hand.
Tonight was easy…here are the freezer/pantry items I used:
Muir Glen Organic tomato sauce (from a package of three- only one jar left now), Barilla Plus pasta (big box of 4, still have 3 left), Trader Joe’s turkey meatballs.
I added some spinach to the pasta during the last minute of cooking and voila!
This is my husband’s portion, I had a little less than half this amount, but his was more photogenic. Obviously this was a pretty easy meal, but I’m going to have to get more creative in the next few weeks!
If you’re a meatball fan, Trader Joe’s turkey meatballs were pretty good. They in no way compare to my Italian mother’s meatballs, but they had a good flavor and texture.
Speaking of getting rid of things, we spent all day Saturday getting our house ready to sell. For us, this meant cleaning and de-cluttering each room. One notable difference is our closet. Here’s the load I got rid of:
Most of this is from my closet (just a few items from Zach’s side). The hangers in the front are in my car to return to the dry cleaner’s and the white trash bag in the back right is old sorority t-shirts that I’m going to give back to my college chapter. It was always really cool to get some older t-shirts when I was in school and I’ve got some pretty cute ones that I don’t have much use for now.
Everything else went to Goodwill. Of note is the stack of pants in the middle (with the bright green pair on top- I think I wore those once). That stack of about 8 pairs of pants has been two sizes too big for me for about two years. I bought most of them the first few months I started working after college when I was at my heaviest and I’m not really sure why it’s taken me so long to get rid of them. I’ve actually tried before and they ended up in this little pile moving from place to place in my house. I guess deep down I’ve been hanging on to them in case I gain weight, but I’ve maintained roughly the same size for over two years, so I don’t think that’s a big risk anymore.
Do you have anything in your closet or house that you’ve been avoiding getting rid of?