The Benefits of Eating Down the Pantry

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Written by guest writer Jessica Fisher of Life as Mom and Good, Cheap Eats. When I was a young newlywed, I cooked almost every day.  I planned meals once a week. I shopped regularly, if not daily. I also spent enough to feed a small country. In fact, in 1994 I spent more on groceries for two people and occasional guests as I did in 2006 to feed a family with five children! One of the causes of my overspending was that I bought whatever […]

Eating From the Pantry and Freezer Challenge: Week 4

To those who’ve been doing this challenge all along, way to go! You’ve reached week 4 and your family hasn’t starved yet. Your creativity has been stretched to the max, no doubt, but I hope that you have some excellent savings to show for your hard work. To those who have joined us at some point during this month or have done any variation on the challenge, thank you for joining us! I’m sure that you’ve seen that even just a week or two of […]

Eating From the Pantry and Freezer Challenge: Week 3

Welcome to the third week of the Eat From the Pantry and Freezer Challenge! Find out what it’s all about or read my post from Week 2. My update as I head into week three: This afternoon, we went to Costco with some friends. Walking around was pure torture for my husband, who kept noticing all sorts of tempting and yummy-looking items. Each time he would look at me and go to put something in our cart, I said, “No, we don’t have any extra grocery money this month”. […]

Eating From the Pantry and Freezer Challenge: Week 2

Welcome to the second week of the Eat From the Pantry and Freezer Challenge! Find out what it’s all about or read my post from Week 1. My update as I head into week two: The first week of these challenges are usually the easy ones. Last week it just felt like I was trying to focus a bit more on using up some things we have a lot of. My meal plan still came together easily for this second week, although I’m starting to get just […]

Eating From the Freezer and Pantry Challenge: Week 1

That’s it. No more shopping for you. Or me, for that matter. It’s time to begin our “Eating from the Pantry and Freezer Challenge“! What I’ve spent so far I had about $230 remaining for the rest of May out of my $450 budget (the other $220 had been spent at the beginning of the month). I’ve set aside $150 cash for my savings, which I’m not allowing myself to touch. The other $80 is being used for: Raw milk, free range eggs, sour cream […]

The Eating from the Pantry and Freezer Challenge Begins

It’s time to begin the Eating From the Pantry and Freezer Challenge. I’m excited to get going and I hope you are, too! I promised to share my own plan and goals with you, so here’s what I’m planning to do: My financial goal is to save $300 (our regular monthly budget is $450). I plan to do this by saving $150 out of my May budget, and $150 out of June. It’s important to decide how much you will allow yourself to spend. Don’t […]

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

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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 […]