Let’s Save Some Money: The Eat from the Pantry and Freezer Challenge!

Would you like to join me in saving literally hundreds of dollars on your grocery bill over the next month?

It’s time to eat from our freezers and pantries!

The impetus for this challenge was the fact that each summer I save up extra cash for purchasing fresh, seasonal fruit and vegetables for preserving.

And maybe also the fact that my pantry and freezer are both in need of a good cleaning. An actual scrub down, yes, but also cleaning out foods that we have in abundance, rather than continuing to go to the store every week or two to add to ALL the food that we already have. Have you ever wondered exactly how much food is hiding in your kitchen? 

Here’s the plan:

Wednesday, May 16th- Challenge launch date (get ready, get set…)

I’ll kick things off and share a bit about my own process and goals next Wednesday, and welcome you to share your goals as well.

This launch date will give you a few more days to figure out what you have on hand and get those meal plans ready to go for the following Monday.

Monday, May 21- GO!!! Eating from the pantry and freezer commences.

I’ll share my own meal plan for the first week of the challenge, and open a link-up for you to share yours as well. I’ll be tracking how much I spend each week of the challenge, and it would be great if others shared their financial goals and spending as well!

Each Monday from May 21- June 11 (4 weeks in total), I’ll be posting my meals plans and sharing my progress and you’ll be able to check in and do the same.

How to join in with the challenge

What you need to do between now and May 21st:

  1. Decide how much money you want to save and how long you think you’ll do the challenge for. I’ll be at it for 4 weeks and you can join in for a little or as long as you want.
  2. Do a detailed inventory of your freezers, pantry and fridge
  3. Write up a meal plan for at least the first week of the challenge
  4. Make a short list and purchase any fresh foods you need to complete your meals (I’ll still be buying eggs, dairy and fresh produce during the challenge)
  5. If you need extra help, particularly with the inventories and the meal planning, download a copy of my book Plan It, Don’t Panic: Everything You Need to Successfully Create and Use a Meal Plan. It includes printable planning pages (for inventories, meal planning, and grocery shopping), as well as plenty of tips for taking inventory of your food and (of course) on how to make and use a meal plan.
During this month-long challenge, I will be putting all of my ebooks on sale. Use the coupon code CHALLENGE25 to take 25% off any single ebook, OR use code BUNDLE50 to buy all 3 of my ebooks at 50% off!
Sound like fun? I love the chance to clear out my kitchen, make good use of the food that we have, and save a lump sum of cash while I’m at it.

Will you join me as I eat from my freezer and pantry?

About Stephanie Langford

Stephanie Langford has a passion for sharing ideas and information for homemakers who want to make healthy changes in their homes, and carefully steward all that they've been given. She has written three books geared to helping families live more naturally and eat real, whole foods, without being overwhelmed, without going broke and with simple meal planning. She is the creator of Keeper of the Home.

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  1. I just finished week four of my challenge and have decided to go another four! For one, the family is actually enjoying what I’ve been coming up with and for two, I have been cooking so much from scratch it hardly looks like I’ve touched it over a month! I did buy fresh produce and dairy, plus a few extras that were REALLY good sales. All in all I spent just over $200 for one month for a family of seven! =)

    • Lisa, that’s amazing. Sounds like you’ve done a fantastic job, plus you want to keep going for anther month? Wow. You’ve got me beat. :) I have also really enjoyed doing it and found it easy, but one more week and I think we’re done!

  2. Well my pantry challenge ended this morning the fridge broke over night and we lost everything! EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    UGH!!! :( not a great way to start a beautiful weekend.

  3. Perfect timing on this challenge, and it sounds like many of us have the same reasons for joining – finding out what’s lurking in the back of the freezer, gardens are starting to come in, and the extra money is always useful. Just need to review my freezer/pantry lists and then put the meal combinations together. I take it one step further – I post the entire few weeks’ menus on the frig so there’s no mistaking what needs to be defrosted or prepped for that night. Good luck to everyone!

  4. I just bought your ebook, “Plan It, Don’t Panic” and I am really looking forward to checking it out! I already have “Real Food on a Real Budget”. What a great informational book. Thank you for all of your helpful advice and being someone to admire!

  5. I actually started doing exactly this, quite by accident, beginning Monday 5/14! I had bills to pay and money is a little tight until my next paycheck, almost 2 weeks away. I’ve got beans, soups, ramen mix, pasta, rice, cornmeal, canned tomatoes… I’m determined to use these things up. The leftover Christmas ham bits I had in my freezer ended up in a mac & cheese stovetop casserole, and it was really, really good… and not only because my pastor baked it with TLC. ;)

  6. This is great! I’ve actually been doing a pantry challenge myself with a few friends since the beginning of May. I am doing well on depleting the pantry stash, but the freezer still seems full. I will admit to being a little tired of beef since that is the only kind of meat in the freezer right now. If I can squeeze out another week of pantry/freezer meals, I’ll consider myself right successful. Enjoy your challenge, hope you ALL do well!

  7. JennErin@Moody says:

    Ok, I’m in! We moved into my grandmother-in-laws house last week, and inherited all of her pantry items. This should be fun.

  8. I stumbled onto your site yesterday looking for something else ! I am so excited that I did !! I was already planning to eat out of my freezer, pantry, garden next week … how fun to do it with a group of other people !!

    I wrote a little bit about it on my blog tonight … http://passthebeansplease.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/new-challenge-pearl-cous-cous.html

  9. I did this for lent! It was such a good and challenging thing for our family. We were able to donate the money we saved to a friend of ours that was heading to Kenya.


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