I’ve been interested in participating in a “Pantry Challenge” after seeing them featured on many other frugal websites. No two challenges are the same, but they all share the same goal: To use existing foods and resources to feed your family for a set period of time in order to reduce your grocery spending.
Two years ago our family went from $600 per month for food and toiletries to $300 per month. We were so committed to our new budget that we said we’d be willing to eat PB&J for dinner. Thankfully, that never happened and we actually had to make room for our stockpile. There have been a few times when my cash envelope is empty and I realize I’m out of our “normal” food. But when I look a little deeper into the freezer or pantry I find that I have more than enough. You’ll be surprised how creative you can be when you’re committed to achieving a goal!
My goal for the first two weeks of February is to feed my family from my pantry and freezer. Would you consider joining me in The Carolina Clipper’s first PANTRY CHALLENGE? True to our theme, we’re going to keep this challenge practical and simple. Here are the details:
When is the Pantry Challenge?
Two short weeks. February 1-Feb 15.
What are the Pantry Challenge Rules?
Do your best to eat all meals/snacks from your freezer and pantry.
Can I go to the store? If so, how much can I spend?
Yes, you should go to the store once a week for produce and dairy products. Examples: milk, eggs, cheese, fruits, and vegetables. Your goal is to reduce your spending, not eliminate it. A guide would be to cut your normal grocery budget in half. We are currently on a $60 per week budget so that means I have $30 per week to spend on produce and dairy.
Why should I participate in the Pantry Challenge?
It will save you money and help you use the older items in your pantry and freezer. Through planning and creativity you will realize that you don’t need to go to the store. What you have is enough!
Remember, this is not a competition. I want us to work together to share tips, tricks, and recipes. You will save money. You can do anything for 14 days. Won’t you join me? If you’re interested in participating in the Panty Challenge just leave a comment below.
Also, I created a Facebook “Group” called Pantry Challenge February 1-15, 2011 so we can support each other. Tomorrow I’ll tell you 3 simple steps to get you ready.