My housemate is out of town so I unplugged the modem and water heater. I shower at the gym anyway so I don't need hot water at home. I plug the modem in only in the evenings. The refrigerator, the microwave, the stove and my alarm clock are the only appliances that are still plugged in.
I packed a big container of hearty vegetable soup and brought it to work on Monday. I ate from that bowl all week and didn't eat lunch out.
I focused on eating down my pantry and avoiding grocery stores. I love cooking and I often think of new combinations that require "just one" more ingredient, which often leads me to stopping at a grocery store on weeknights and leaving with a whole grocery bag instead of that one item. Yesterday, Saturday, I did stop by the grocery store but left with only green beans and one jalapeno, for a total grocery bill of $3.49 for the week.
The freezer is now half empty. Half of that is beans that I cooked from scratch and froze this week. Today, Sunday, I made an Indian chickpea dish called channa masala for work lunches. For dinner, I am stretching a canning jar of pasta meat sauce by adding black beans, sriracha sauce, and high fiber white whole grain pasta to turn it into a spicy, meaty, and filling soup.