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Shall We Use It Up This Week?

February 16th, 2014 at 05:29 pm

Rob62521's post about not liking to waste reminded me of how I used things up this week. I try to do this often, but I'm more conscious of it at some times more than others.

This week I made an effort to use up two kinds of yogurt my daughter didn't like. I ate it with the rest of the granola she often eats with it. I ate it for lunch one day and a snack the other. I ate leftover soup one day with a sandwich. Tonight we used up bacon we had purchased for BLT's the week before. We had eggs for dinner and the bacon was just the right amount to have on the side.

Earlier today, I used the last of the romaine lettuce, a ripe banana, the last of the frozen raspberries and the last of the chia seeds for a smoothie. This was my lunch. Yummy!!

I don't apply the use it up goal to just food. This week I used up some sample shampoo I received for a survey. I think that was the only non food item I used up this week.

Next week, I want to eat the last salmon filet in the freezer, the mushroom barley soup from last night, the milk before it expires in two days, a couple more extra ripe bananas, last of the applesauce, some margarine, and maybe some apples. If I can use up those items I will really be cleaning up my fridge.

Our dinner plans this week will use up some frozen chicken, some of the $1 cheese I bought on sale over a week ago, leftover pasta sauce, the ends of bread and some of that milk mentioned above and a container of sour cream!

Use it up! Maybe that is this week's theme here on SA. Do you have plans to use some of your food up this week? Do you have any non food items to work on using up?

I wrote a little more about frugal eating at Our Money Blog, if you want to check it out.

5 Responses to “Shall We Use It Up This Week?”

  1. rob62521 Says:

    You have been busy!

    Like the idea of making this a use it up week on SA.

  2. Petunia in a Flower Garden Says:

    Thank you! Just did a using it up post. Smile

  3. snafu Says:

    Great job of using up small amounts of leftover food. I was driven to create a list of 'plan-overs' as my family grumbles and make snide remarks if I reprise a previous day's dinner. It really helps to use bones from poultry or beef to create a rich broth as base. Just freeze in ice cube trays or zip bags which stack well in freezer. Banana freezes well enough to use later for banana bread or muffins. Yogurt, banana and milk + a couple of ice cubes creates a smoothie. Egg, left over vegetables and a tiny amount of cheese is an omelette. Leftover cooked rice is one of the most versatile items in my fridge or freezer for soup, casserole, side dish or dessert.

    If I'm stuck for ideas I use ivillage.com and add the item to be used in the 'Search' bar. I'm not very 'crafty' so cooking is my creative outlet.

  4. scottish girl Says:

    Yes I've got lots of veg to use up this week so I'm making a casserole today with it. I might end up making soup too.

  5. PatientSaver Says:

    I absolutely hate to see things sitting in my fridge on their way out (to the trash). So I do take pains to use of what I have, otherwise, I'm throwing away money.

    This weekend, I ate several servings of a pea soup I made a full week ago. Luckily, I didn't get sick! It hadn't come out particularly well, but I wasn't about to throw it away after all the time spent making it, not to mention the cost of ingredients, some of them organic.

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