Save Money by Doing A Pantry Challenge

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.

Save Money by Doing A Pantry Challenge - 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.

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Make Cooking More Fun & Save Money

We naturally do the things that we like and that come easily to us. Since cooking at home can save us money, it’d be good to make it fun and easy. We’ll do it more often and reap financial rewards.

Make Cooking More Fun and Save Money: We naturally do the things that we like and that come easily to us. Since cooking at home can save us money, it'd be good to make it fun and easy. We'll do it more often and reap financial rewards.

I suppose it’s a bold statement to say that if you like to cook you will save money. As someone who has always loved cooking, I can testify that I’ve also spent a small fortune at kitchen stores. So, my statement needs to be qualified a bit.

I think it’s fair to say that we naturally do the things that we like and that come easily to us. So, if you hate to cook, you probably will avoid it like the plague. Like me and cleaning.

Unfortunately, if you can’t cook or don’t want to, you are bound by the constraints of restaurants and convenience foods and (un)happy meals. You’ll spend more time and money eating through those resources than if you make it yourself at home.

Eating at home will save you money.

If you can make cooking at home easy or find ways to enjoy the process, you’ll be more likely to do it more often. And you’ll save money.

Conclusion: Learn to like cooking. I don’t say that in a bossy pants, ordering kind of way, like when my dad would threaten, “You’ll eat it and you’ll like it.”

Umm, no. But, there are ways to make cooking more fun, less painful, and full of financial gain.

Read how to learn to like cooking here.

Make Cooking More Fun and Save Money: We naturally do the things that we like and that come easily to us. Since cooking at home can save us money, it'd be good to make it fun and easy. We'll do it more often and reap financial rewards.

Save Money on Groceries

This is part of the How to Save Money on Groceries series. Scroll through the archives to get tips and tricks for reducing your grocery total at the checkout stand.

Homemade Greek Spice Blend

Homemade Greek Spice Mix Recipe - Save money on fancy spice blends by making your own. Try this Greek-inspired blend for easy meals packed with flavor.

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Don’t Let Milk Go to Waste

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Don’t let that milk go to waste! Use it up instead of pouring it down the drain. They say, “Don’t cry over spilled milk.” I say, “Don’t cry over milk about to expire. Use it up!” Wasting food is akin to wasting money. We can salvage our grocery budgets when we reduce waste. And sometimes […]

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Budget-Friendly Foods Kids Love

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Feeding kids is an art as well as a science. They have simple tastes. Yet not. How can one feed them well and not end up in the poor house? As a mom of six children, 17 and under, I’ve had my fair share of food battles. My older children complain that I’ve gone soft […]

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Serve a Buffet to Save Money

Serve a Buffet to Save Money - Serving a meal buffet style, like sandwiches or salads, allows you to use up small amounts of things lingering in the fridge without appearing to run short on any one thing. That means you save money!

Serving a meal buffet-style, like sandwiches or salads, allows you to use up small amounts of things lingering in the fridge without appearing to run short on any one thing. That means you save money! You wouldn’t think that a buffet could save you money. After all, aren’t all-you-can-eat buffets those troughs of food where […]

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Save Money by Shopping at Ethnic Grocery Stores

Save Money by Shopping at Ethnic Grocery Stores: Head to your local ethnic food stores for economical ingredients for your favorite recipes.

Head to your local ethnic food stores for economical ingredients for your favorite recipes. Some of our favorite foods are from international flavor profiles. Anytime I make Mexican or Asian food, it’s a big hit. That’s a double blessing since the ingredients for these foods are typically lower priced. Beans, rice, and spices — ubiquitous […]

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Audit Yourself

Audit Yourself - Want to spend less on groceries? Figure out what in the world you

Want to spend less on groceries? Figure out what in the world you’re buying! This month we’re talking about ways to save on groceries. One of the first lines of defense is to determine your baseline. What are you spending and what in the world are you buying? If you don’t think about this too […]

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9 Homemade Dips that Are Healthier & Cheaper

9 Homemade Dips that Are Healthier & Cheaper - Make your own dips this football season. They

Make your own dips this football season. They’ll be cheaper and healthier. And taste way better. I am a dipper. Totally. Ever since I was a little girl, chips and dip have made my eyes light up. Doesn’t matter what kind: sour cream and onion, guacamole, 7-layer dip, even Cactus Dip! Yep, I ate weird […]

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Plan for a Great Week in the Kitchen

Plan for a Great Week in the Kitchen - Want to eat well, save some money, and enjoy your time in the kitchen? Plan for it!

Want to eat well, save some money, and enjoy your time in the kitchen? Plan for it! You can have a great week of healthy, economical meals. It doesn’t happen with the snap of one’s fingers. Only Mary Poppins can do that. But, it’s within your reach. Check out these 7 Steps to Set Up […]

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