Boost Your Budget Pantry Challenge – Week 2

During the month of January I’m participating in the Boost Your Budget Pantry Challenge series that is being co-hosted by myself, 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, Mommies Point of View, Mama’s Money Tree, Crunchy Frugalista, 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 plan to challenge 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’ve set a budget for myself of $100 this month and I’m rather embarrassed that I’ve already spent $36.89 in just one week.  With more than three weeks left to go I’m really going to have to buckle down!

My other goal for the week was to get an inventory of everything in the freezer and I’m happy to say that I got that done.  I was really surprised by the amount of blueberries (11 packages) and chicken that were hidden in there!  We just had a chicken delivery from Zaycon Foods this weekend that hasn’t even made it to the freezer yet so I think we’re set with chicken for a few months.  I just found out that they’re coming back with beef and bacon at the end of the month and I may have to break down and order some of each for the freezer so we have some variety over the next few months!

How are you doing on your pantry challenge goals this week?  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!

(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 so impressed with all of you trying to eat only from your pantries! I tend to use a lot of fresh produce in our meals so I’m constantly at the store and subject to all those impulse buys. Good luck!

  2. Don’t fret about what you’ve spent so far; I’m sure that you will have no problem reigning it in for the rest of the month. 🙂 Good Luck and thanks for putting this together!

  3. I’ve seen some of your shopping trips and I have faith that you will meet your goal! I’ve got to organize our two chest freezers this weekend.
    Thanks again for organizing this! It has been a blessing for me. 🙂

  4. Thank you Naomi! That makes my day 🙂 And thanks so much also for joining us! I’m very excited about getting the year off to a great start!

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