Pantry Challenge Link Up #4

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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’ve bloggedhow we’re eating and cooking as a family. You can read through my past week and how the challenge has gone for us here.

This is the last of four link-ups where you can tell us how the challenge is going for you. If you’ve blogged your update, leave the link below, being sure to link back to Good Cheap Eats in the content of your post. If you just want to share your experience in the comments, please do!

I’m ending the challenge tonight. I had originally planned on going the full month, but we’ve honestly run out of a lot of things. Since we pretty much started on December 26th, it really has been a whole month anyway.

My final spending for food prepared and consumed at home during those 4 weeks was $468. That’s pretty awesome in my mind. My January spending will be higher thanks to some great stock-up sales. I thank the challenge weeks for allowing me to stock-up without worrying about overspending our allotted $800/month/8 people budget.

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing what I learned from the Pantry Challenge over at Life as MOM. Check it out when you get the chance.

Until then, share your pantry challenge progress with us here.

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  1. We started last week well but also were hit by sickness. Hot dogs and frozen pizza. also not my best efforts. We are continuing until next saturday. we have enough food in the house until then and i only shop on weekends. I honestly have enough food through feb but am hoping to incorperate those meals along with my shopping. thanks for hosting again! I LOVE the pantry challenge because i follow along and we do actually eat for we don’t normally. This time we ate up some seriously old food. =)

  2. Thanks so much for having this Pantry Challenge. I know it was just what I needed coming into the new year to get me focused on spending our grocery money more wisely and using all those goodies I bring home from the store more efficiently. I can’t wait for the next one!

  3. Hi! I’ve been following along all month and admire your drive and organization! We didn’t really do the challenge BUT I did use alot of things we already had onhand and was MUCH MORE aware of what we had and what I could make with it! So I say it was a successful month around here! Also managed to chop our grocery bill by about 200 less than what we spent on avg per month in 2012. I love the idea of the meal planning and already have most of february planned. Thanks alot for the motivation! Plus loving some of your recipes … made the maple vanilla granola this afternoon – can’t wait for the morning to dig in 🙂

  4. Davina Gilroy says:

    I love the pantry challange, my mom and I cook from the freezer and also did some freezer cooking too.. we are having lawnmower tacos tonight for dinner

  5. I was only able to do the challenge for the first two weeks of the month. It was a success! We moved on the 12th & the chest freezer was empty! Bought very little groceries then. After we moved my kitchen was in chaos & we ate more instant foods since I couldn’t find anything. As I fill up my cupboards again I hope to try this on the spring.

  6. I will continue with the Pantry Challange through the month of February. We bought half a cow and whole pig so we buy some chicken and fish and we are set with the most expensive part of the meals for most of the year. Homemade spaghetti sauce canned and frozen along with potatoes and veggies from the garden saves us lots of $$ through the year. Pantry was on overload (and still is) so milk, dairy and produce were all we needed for the month and we saved $350 this month and it looks like we should be able to do the same for February. I just wanted to say Thank You for doing the Challange so we remember to use up what we have and save money to stock up again soon. Looking forward to the next Challange.

  7. We really did do pretty good for the month.. There are definite dents in the top 2 shelves of my upright freezer. Im seeing space I havent seen in probably a year..

    I added it up and I spent right at $100 out of my grocery money for groceries for the month.. M’honey spent almost $50 from his personal cash stash.. and then we went on a mad dash (like a date night) where he spent $94 on some foodstuffs but again, that didnt come out of my grocery money…

    I really appreciate these freezer challenges. They serve to remind me that I really dont need to be in the grocery stores all the time.. While I know I have more than enough to survive for a good long while, some of my goods could do with some movement. Thanks again for hosting the challenge and sharing your motivation!

  8. It’s been great! We ate a lot out of our freezers and pantry, we spent less time and money shopping, and we ate very well. To top it off, we now have space for 1/4 cow.

    Thanks so much for hosting!

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