In an effort to eat down the contents of our overstocked pantry and save a little money on groceries I’ve decided to join Money Saving Mom’s Eat From the Pantry Challenge this January. Our pantry is stuffed to the brim with a whole host of products I bought over the last few months for cents on the dollar. With a fully stocked freezer I actually think I could participate in the eat from the pantry challenge for a couple of months, but I’m going to start with a shorter goal.
For four weeks, (starting January 4th), I will only venture to the grocery store for milk, produce and lunch meat. I will also try my best to create a simple but adventurous dinner menu, which includes at least two new dishes, (hopefully three each week). I hope to limit shopping to only three trips all month and I hope to limit each trip to less than fifteen minutes. During this time I will also minimize takeout and will try to eat out a maximum of two times during the challenge.
If we make it through the first four weeks I’d like to extend the challenge for another month. Of course, I don’t want to get ahead of myself. I’ll try to document my status and will post a challenge update each week. I’ll make sure to include all successes and failures. Wish me luck! I have a feeling I’ll need it.