I have neglected to post on how the Eat from the Pantry Challenge has been going for me this month.  I inventoried the food we have in the house and discovered that we have about 6 weeks worth of main dishes to choose from!  However, we eat a LOT of fresh produce.  In fact, produce is the major portion of our grocery budget.  We also order every 2 or 3 months from a company that sells discounted foods by the case, and this happens to be one of the months that our group is ordering.  Because the foods available to order change constantly, it is important to order foods that I know our family uses when they are available.

Based on that, I’m planning to spread out my challenge over 2 months.  My goal for this month and next is to spend less than 2/3 of what we normally spend.  I am placing the order for the discounted foods, but I plan to not even open the boxes of dry goods until the pantry is more bare.  I have more than one freezer, and one is almost empty.  I plan to defrost and clean one of them this week, and the frozen goods we get with our order will go into that freezer while we focus on emptying the other.

So far, I am on track with my goal of spending less than 2/3 of what we normally spend!

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5 comments so far

1.  Natalie
January 22nd, 2010 at 12:33 am

You always encourage me! I am so glad you are back to blogging. I loved your previous blog’s layout, but this one is even cuter. Way to go! You still do entrecard? You are so faithful!

2.  Beth
January 22nd, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Thank you, my friend! You can still see my other blog at http://www.motherbydesign.com/blog.

3.  Jeanie
January 22nd, 2010 at 2:26 am

Wow! Do you make home visits because I need some help!
Having the two freezers must really help with this. I read that same thing on another blog.
Thanks for the great info!


4.  Beth
January 22nd, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Believe it or not, I actually have 2 refrigerators and 3 freezers. 😉 With my family of 10 and the way I buy food in bulk, this is pretty much a requirement. When we moved into our current house, we had 2 refrigerators and one big standalone freezer, but the former owner left us her (smaller) standalone freezer. Our 3rd freezer is a chest freezer that we bought used last spring so that we could fill it with half a side of beef.

5.  weight loss blog
February 7th, 2010 at 3:27 am

Eating healthy on a budget is always difficult but you seem to make it easy! Good for you! I am inspired!


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