It’s been just over two weeks since our family committed to “eating down the pantry” this month. As we take part in the Good Cheap Eat’s 2015 Pantry Challenge, we’re organizing our cupboards & freezer, while saving money at the same time.
Last time I was able to save almost $60 on our grocery budget. (Combined with super low gas prices that have saved us on our gas budget as well.) Moral of the story is, that we ended up with “extra” money this month and were able to make a few purchases we wouldn’t have been able to otherwise.
I picked up a few basics that we’ve been going without – a new foundation, blush & bronzer for me (I’m not a huge makeup person, but I’m also not a bare faced lady most days either), and my husband bought a new belt that was long over due (his poor old one was cracking right in half.)
In addition to a few basics, I purchased food to bring soup and fresh vegetables to a friend’s baby shower. And last – but most exciting – I took my son out to dinner for a ‘son & mommy’ date and brought home hubs food to go. We haven’t been able to do some of those things in awhile and it felt really good to free up the money to do so. (Side note here… we could, and perhaps should, have put that money towards our debt snowball, but along the path to getting out of debt, you have to give yourself little allowances – otherwise you hate every minute of the experience. Hubs taught me that! Thanks hubs.)
So here we are… it’s time to make our next two week meal plan (and final meal plan of the pantry challenge.) Again we took inventory of what we had on hand…
And started brainstorming our list of meals (thank you Super Cook)…
- Homemade breads & muffins (banana, blueberry & zucchini)
- Peanut Butter Toast
- Leftovers 🙂
- Leftovers (yep, we’re a big fan of eating all our leftovers in this house!)
- Ham or PB&J Sandwiches
- Chips, Fruit or Vegetables
- String Cheese & Crackers
- Hard Shell Taco Night
- Turkey Noodle Soup
- Chicken Pot Pies
- Pork Loin with rice & vegetables
- Grilled Chicken Salad
- Egg Plant Parmesan & Steamed Broccoli
- Sausage, Biscuits & Gravy
- Shepard’s Pie
- Roast Chicken with Green Beans & Potatoes
- Leftovers/Fend for Yourself Night
This two week meal plan will leave us with mostly empty cupboards & freezer, but we will have a few random odds & ends – like canned pineapple & way too much blue cheese dressing (we don’t even like blue cheese dressing?!) – in the house, so although the pantry challenge will officially be over at the end of the month, we will try to use up those remaining things in February! 😉
Will you be joining us for the pantry challenge? I’d love to hear about your meal plan in the comments below!
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