Last January, I kicked off my grocery budget with a pantry challenge. I challenged myself to reduce our grocery expenses by $200 during that first month of the year.
This resulted in not only a emptier tidier pantry, but it also produced a renewed sense of creativity in the kitchen. I ended up throwing together some yummy meals that we revisited even once the challenge was over.
After much thought and number crunching, I decided to give it a go once again this year. My goals this year are a little different than last year. While I still intend to cut back on our grocery spending, I’m also going to be smarter about the shopping that I do.
My goals this month:
- Spend $100 (or less) a week on groceries.
- Focus on buying fresh produce and dairy.
- Eat up what’s in the freezer.
- Build a better stockpile (healthier and more plentiful).
My challenge for you?
Make the Most of What You Have.
- For some that might mean digging deep into the cupboards and using up those odds and ends.
- For others that might mean building a frugal pantry, scouting for good sales, and starting to stockpile items that you regularly use.
- Still others might want to give the pantry an overhaul and remove unhealthy items and replace those with more wholesome alternatives.
I’ll be posting a daily update here on Good Cheap Eats as well as talking about the Challenge on my other blog, Life as MOM. If you’d like to participate and create a challenge of your own, I’ll be sharing more details about how to do that on Sunday at LAM as well as offering a link up opportunity on Tuesday.
I hope you’ll join me!