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Pantry Challenge Day 17: Conquering the Butternut

Food shouldn’t be complicated. Or bad for you. Or expensive. I’m working to craft good cheap eats that we can both enjoy. You can read more about this site here. Check out my cookbooks if you’re needing some budget-friendly inspiration. Read about how to make healthy eating work for you here.This is Day 17 of […]

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Pinto Beans Make for Good Cheap Eats

Beans are a great asset to the frugal kitchen. Keep several pounds on hand for a cheap protein. Believe it or not, I credit the humble bean with helping us get out of debt. Back in 2007, we realized that we had made some less than stellar financial choices. We decided to get our act […]

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Pantry Challenge Day 16: The Pantry is Just Fine

This is Day 16 of my month-long Pantry Challenge series  where we’re eating down the pantry (and freezer and fridge) to use up what we have, rotate stock, and save some cash. A couple days ago, I posted a picture of my baking cupboard. I think I gave a few people heart palpitations. If that was all […]

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Pantry Challenge Day 15: I Made Yogurt

This is Day 15 of my month-long Pantry Challenge series  where we’re eating down the pantry (and freezer and fridge) to use up what we have, rotate stock, and save some cash. Today I made yogurt. I’d like to say, don’t try to make yogurt, prepare breakfast, and drink a cup of coffee all at the same […]

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Pantry Challenge Day 14: The Cupboard Grows Bare

This is Day 14 of my month-long Pantry Challenge series  where we’re eating down the pantry (and freezer and fridge) to use up what we have, rotate stock, and save some cash. My baking cupboard stands testimony to the fact that most of our baked goods are homebaked. Today I used up the last of the flour […]

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Pantry Challenge Link Up #2

As you know, I’m “eating down the pantry” this month to save money and be a better steward of what we have. Every day I’m blogging how we’re eating and cooking as a family. And I do mean “we.” My four oldest children are responsible to be chief cook one night a week. You can […]

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Pantry Challenge Day 13: Grinding Meat?!

This is Day 13 of my month-long Pantry Challenge series  where we’re eating down the pantry (and freezer and fridge) to use up what we have, rotate stock, and save some cash. I even ground my own meat. Day 13 already? I must say, one of the things that I’m gleaning from the Pantry Challenge is that […]

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Meal Planning: Pantry Challenge Week 3

Meal planning during a Pantry Challenge is essential to its success. We are a third of the way into the Pantry Challenge. I confess, I’m getting a little weary. However, yesterday’s Grocery Geek tally tells me we’re on a good track. If all things hold steady, we could end up saving a few hundred dollars […]

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Pantry Challenge Day 12: The Night I Didn’t Want to Cook

This is Day 12 of my month-long Pantry Challenge series  where we’re eating down the pantry (and freezer and fridge) to use up what we have, rotate stock, and save some cash. I didn’t want to cook tonight, but I did. Last night I mentioned that I thought we might go out to dinner tonight. That was […]

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Grocery Geek: Pantry Challenge One-Third Done

This month, we’re eating down the pantry, trying to use up what we have, rotate stock, and maybe save some coin. I think we’re doing pretty well so far, especially considering that some months I’ve spent most of our grocery budget by this time in the month. Just as a reminder: I’m feeding eight people. […]

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