Thursday, January 3, 2008

"Pantry Challenge"

So- it is the start of the year and my goal is to save as much money this year as possible. I have a stocked pantry/freezer-- so I'm doing a "pantry challenge" this month. I have $120 for groceries: perishables (fruit, veggies, dairy, eggs, etc) and the rest is going to be used from what I have on hand. I also get WIC, so that takes care of most of our milk, etc. I haven't given myself this small of a budget for groceries in a long time. It also has to cover diapers/wipes for Naomi.
I'm excited for the challenge and to see the extra money in the bank at the end of the month.
I have made up my menu (posted on the blog! yea!) and have to stick to it. Because I don't have any really quick meals when I cook from the pantry/freezer- I have to plan ahead and make sure meat is out of the freezer, beans are soaked, etc. I only have enough mac and cheese for 2 last minute meals, so that doesn't leave much wiggle room!!
Anyone care to join me?


Liz's Random Thoughts said...

If you have any advice on how to cook and food shop for under 120 bucks please let me know! And do you shop once a week, or every 2 weeks?

Rachel said...

I'm not sure how much I shop... I think I get milk, etc. once a week- but probably closer to 1 1/2 weeks between shopping- so maybe 3 times a month? I'll keep track on here.
I do have lots of meat in the freezer from hunting, so I don't buy hardly any meat. I can only do this because I have a bunch of rice, pasta, beans, etc.
I did find a good site though that has menus and shopping lists-- just scroll down the page to "Beginner shortcuts"


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