Boost Your Budget Pantry Challenge – Week 5

During the month of January I’m participating in the Boost Your Budget Pantry Challenge series that is being co-hosted by myself, Mommies Point of View, Mama Does It All, Crunchy Frugalista, Pary Moppins, Going Crazy Wanna Go?, The Frugalista Chick, Matter of Cents, Coupon Pals, Thrifty Divas, Frugal Mom of Two, How About Free,, All The World Is Art, Sweeping The USA, Fab Find Foodie, Making Time For Mommy, Adventures in Coupons, Full Price? NEVER!, The Frugal Navy Wife, Generations of Savings and A Savings WOW! and we’d love it if you’d join us as well.

So here’s the deal – this January we have all been challenging ourselves to eat from our pantries – to use up all that excess food sitting in the back of the cupboards, hiding in the refrigerator door, in the stockpile and from out of the freezer – and limit our shopping to as little as possible.

I have really concentrated on using money maker deals to cover my staples like milk and eggs and I’m super excited to announce that BEFORE I do my shopping trips for today, I’ve spent a net of $31.84 so far for the month.  I set a challenge budget of $100 at the beginning of the month but I didn’t know then that Zaycon Foods would be coming to Florida during January with beef and bacon.  I’ve been so excited about doing well during the challenge that I decided to go ahead and order some of each and it was delivered this weekend.  That cost me $206, but that’s STILL below my normal monthly budget of $300 so I’m thrilled!  Plus, between Saturday’s meat delivery and what we still have left in the freezer, I’m planning to keep up with the challenge and continue all my new good habits at least through the end of March!

How are you doing on your pantry challenge goals this month? Remember to leave a link to your post or comment below about your progress in the pantry challenge and you’ll be entered to win a $25 Coupon Clutch gift certificate. One participant who either leaves a link to a challenge post or a comment about their challenge progress will win each week! Congrats to last week’s winner – Danielle from The Frugal Navy Wife!

(Bloggers: if you wish to join us, we’ll have a linky each week where you can link to your challenge posts. The linky will appear on the blogs of all of the co-hosts so your post will get quite a bit of exposure!)


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  1. I am a WIP…”Work In Progress” as my hubby calls me…I am creative and organization is not my strong suit…this challenge has made me actually plan a meal before 2pm and helped to clear out the fridge & freezer…I am doing well but I still struggle with creating a meal plan and sticking too it…

  2. Wowza…very impressed! I know you were worried at the beginning but I had faith you would pull it through! Congrats on the challenge! Thanks again for hosting it!

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