Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Inflation and The Pantry

A few days ago at my local store, I found that they had my toothpaste on sale for 10 for $10. I bought five to kinda restock my reserves, but was mildly surprised when I rotated my stock. The older toothpaste, that I had bought at $1.00/tube was 6.4 ounces and the new stock was a 4 ounce tube for the same price. Talk about inflation!

We also found a great sale on closeout canned pumpkin (expires Dec 2019) from the holiday season.

At 32 cents a can, I bought 24 cans for the pantry to supplement our 16 cans left over from last year's sale.
What do we do with all this pumpkin? Sweetheart makes these honey pumpkin muffins that the boys love.

Honey Pumpkin Muffins with Cream Cheese Frosting
Makes about 12, adapted from Whole Foods
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (or white bread flour)
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp sugar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1 1/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350.  Line a cupcake tin with cupcake liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, wheat germ, spices, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  In a second large bowl, combine sugar, oil, honey, milk, pumpkin, egg, and vanilla.  Add this mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just combined.
  3. Pour batter into prepared muffin tins, filling 3/4 full.  Bake until cooked through and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes.  Cool for 15 minutes on a wire rack, then remove from pan to set aside and cool completely.
Recipe from Eats Well with Others [LINK]

Keep Right On Prepping  - K 


  1. That sort of inflation is in everything, unfortunately.
    But it was still, mostly, a good buy.
    Stay safe!

    1. You gotta be a smart shopper nowadays.

  2. I wanted to add, I don't know if all Kroger stores do the same ad the same week, but our has the campbell's chunky soup on sale for 99 cents each if you buy 6 with your kroger card here in central Louisiana.

    And you do the kroger card discount for gas, right? We were surprised. we went to Dallas a week or so ago. Anyway, we had just gotten into Texas and needed a fill up. So I checked the Gas Buddy app on my phone and saw a Kroger. We filled up there and our first 20 gallons was 30 cents off! Crazy. We needed more gas and did the card again and got a 20 cent discount for the next ten or so gallons. Crazy! We never get more than 10 cents a gallon off around here. Now don't get me wrong, that is better than the wally world 3 cent discount; but we still wonder how that worked. Only thing I can think of was 1) it might have been a new store, or 2) that's how they roll in Texas, haha!

    God bless you all!

    1. It's A Kroger perk. We regular use the max points/discount to save 40 cents a gallon to fill the truck and a few gas cans.

    2. Really? I will have to look closer at our pumps next time. The most we have ever saved here locally, is 10 cents.
      But I will take what I can get. ^_^

  3. No surprise on the "shrinkflation." It's happening with everything. Oh well; the more we have to spend on the everyday necessities, the less we can afford to watch the Hollywood detached prance around on the silver screen. I guess they feel we actually NEED what they're selling...

    God bless.

    1. You read about it, but it's quite different to confront it!

  4. We used to say King size now it is Obama size. It is just a slick way to hide inflation but it messes up recipes when they call for a certain size can of tomatoes or something and you can't find that size anymore.

    1. You know, I hadn't really thought about recipes.

  5. It's called business shrinkage. If you have noticed as well that toilet paper is not as wide as it used to be. I don't know if you eat fast food, but that has as well been affected by bottom lines from businesses.