Boost Your Budget Pantry Challenge

In January of this year I participated in a Pantry Challenge where we attempted to eat from our cabinets, pantry, freezer and stockpile as much as possible and keep our spending for the month to a bare minimum.  It was a lot of fun and actually pretty amazing to see just how little we could spend for the month.  Another great side effect was starting out the year so far below budget!

I’m excited to be doing a Pantry Challenge again in January 2012 and I’d like to invite you to join in!  I’d also love to find a few bloggers to co-host this event by hosting the challenge linky on their blogs and doing a post each Monday of the month. 

Jan 2nd – Goal Week

Jan 9th – Update

Jan 16th – Update

Jan 23rd – Update

Jan 30th – Final Notes

This is not a “no spend” month, this is a “make do with what you have on hand and spend as little as possible” month.  Everybody’s personal goals will be different and we can each set our own rules – the point is merely to challenge ourselves and start off the new year with a boost to our budgets!  We’ll also be giving away a $25 Coupon Clutch gift certificate each week to one participant who either leaves a link to a challenge post or a comment about their challenge goals.  Won’t you join us?

If you’re a blogger and you’d like to help co-host this event, simply leave your blog name and info in the linky below and I’ll email you soon with the linky code and further details.


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  1. What a great challenge! I’d love to co-host if you are still looking for people 🙂

  2. Terrific! Happy to have you on board Alicia 🙂

  3. Thank you so much for every thing you do to help me save. I was wondering if you plan to post the 2012 Savings Tracker for us? I used the 2011 one for the second half of the year, but I can’t wait to see what a WHOLE year of saving looks like! What a great resource. Thanks for sharing!

  4. May I join? This is the truth…I forget we even have a pantry, so I’m constantly buying what we already have.

  5. Absolutely Angela – please do join us! This is going to be lots of fun 🙂 Hopefully you can help us with some pantry recipes too 😉

  6. You are so welcome Crystal! Yes – I absolutely love the savings tracker and I’ll definitely be posting a new one. Actually my friend Angela at The Coupon Project created it and updates it each year, but I’m such a huge fan that I post it here too and use it religiously throughout the year!

  7. I can’t wait for the pantry challenge!! My pantry needs to be cleaned out as well!!

  8. I’d love to co-host the event also. That’s something I’m actually working on for the new year – pantry cooking. 🙂

  9. This will be my first time starting this challenge. I’m nervous but excited to learn ways to stretch my dollar. I’m up for the challenge :)!!

  10. I’m excited and nervous about this!! Just posted it on my blog!!

  11. I look forward to being a part of this as I am juust getting started. I am taking a class on it though as I have a friend who saves over $7,000 a year and so I am exicited to be included.

  12. Shirley Wood says

    I LOVE this challenge. My goal is very similar to yours, to spend the least amount possible and eat from our stockpile. Unfortuantely, my stockpile is sort of small and my New Year’s Resolution is to grow it much larger. My goal is to only buy the bear necessities and use the free or nearly free goods to grow my stockpile. Thanks for this challenge! I am in!!!

  13. Susan Parris says

    I don’t have a website. Can I still join the challenge? I’m a new couponer since last year. Don’t have a total handle on saving big yet and have very little extra food saved up. Part of my 2012 plan is to start cooking from scratch for healther eating habits for my family. I’m always reading online about couponing, I buy the Sunday double newspaper to add value to my shopping plus three of my neighbors let me have their Thursday papers that also have inserts in them. Any help or advice y’all can give me would be very appreciated. I’m looking for a place to get meat at a great price/quality.

  14. Of course you can join us! It’s been going so well that I’m planning to extend the challenge through February as well – let’s help keep each other motivated 🙂


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