How’s it going for all of you that are participating in the Eat Your Pantry challenge?
We have managed to eat through about an eighth of what was in our pantry at the beginning of the month!
For every meal, I have looked to see if I could add a can of beans or mix a bunch of pasta shapes together (we tend to have two or three boxes lying around that are open but not completely used up) for a spaghetti or other pasta dish, mixing a few different types of rice together to use up all those odd bits. We also have been making lots of soups to have for lunch – which has been great since it’s usually just me and the girls for lunch, so we will have some soup and some sort of sandwich – again, sourcing most of our sandwiches out of the pantry. As far as sandwiches go we have been eating lots of PB & J’s and tuna salad so I will be glad when we are done with this challenge!
Doing this has really helped us to cut back our food costs quite a bit, and we have diverted those funds to paying for things we want to pick up before we leave England, toys & books for the girls, evenings out for just us married folk – no kids, and sending the last of our care packages to our families with all of their favorite goodies. Remember, my goal was to reduce the pantry which would save us money, but that money was going to other things. In the future when we do this challenge again, it will to be to put the money straight into savings! Can’t wait for that!
Here is another post from a lady that has given an account for all her food costs as when she does this sort of challenge, she also sets a budget for how much she will spend total during that month to further help her stay on track and how she achieves this goal. Do you know she only spends $200 PER MONTH??!
If we could all get our grocery bills down to that, then we will be able to pay down some debt and do a lot many more of the things we want to do each year! I haven’t eaten as much of our pantry as I would have liked by this point, but I am excited to do this challenge again later this year!
Do you have any ideas to better eat your pantry?