Do you know what’s lurking in your pantry? Try doing a “pantry challenge” to use up what you have, get creative in the kitchen, and save money in the process.
I’ve learned over time that I am more careful with my spending when there’s not a lot of money to go around. The same holds true for food.
If my cupboards and freezer are bursting at the seams, I tend to be more wasteful. I don’t measure. I don’t budget. I just do what I want. However, when I let the pantry supplies dwindle, I’m a little more careful with how I cook. I economize more. I waste less. One wastes money, the other saves it.
That’s one of the beauties of having a pantry challenge. By setting aside time in the month to use up what we have, I not only use up what we have, but I’m more careful with it, which stretches the investment even farther.
If you don’t already let your cupboards go bare every once in awhile, consider it as a great means to save some money.