Make, Do and Mend

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Monday, December 31, 2012

Pantry Challenge

I read about this challenge on Dawn's blog  and I saw on Pinterest that Tammy is doing it too ,  but I am not sure if she is going to blog about hers. 

We have big goals for 2013- I will elaborate more about them in another post.   Our politicians may not realize it, but I know that big goals usually require both spending cuts and adding revenue.  We've had a bit of a revenue increase and I plan on making a big difference by cutting spending too. 

I was already thinking about doing this but the post on Good Cheap Eats  encouraged me to commit to it and to blog about it.  

We have plenty of meat in the freezer- probably an easy 3 months worth, maybe more.  
The pantry is full.
We've got plenty of non-food essentials like health and beauty things, things to clean with and paper goods.  

We have some fresh stuff but we will eat through it before the end of the month.

So my plan is to mostly use things at home, buying only needed fresh goods or things that we truly need.  
Other purchases will only be if  a low sale of the year price comes along.  
I hope to spend $100-$200 or less,  instead of the usual $600.

how about you?  are you stocked up enough to try a challenge like this one?  


  1. I'm still pondering whether I want to take the challenge--maybe spending half of what I usually do?

  2. Sounds good to me!! I am all in

  3. I am going to look into this more. I just might give this a try!

  4. I've been thinking about this...I think I'll give it a try...only buy fresh produce and cheese.


  5. I've seen a lot of bloggers doing this. I may join in someday. It would be an interesting thing to do, to say the least. My grocery-related goal is to make an actual grocery budget. I've always just paid bills, then allowed whatever was left to be used for food and whatnot. I think we'll achieve some financial goals more easily if I set an actual food budget, then stick with it. Our grocery bills have been a bit out of control since moving to Oklahoma. Everything costs a bit more here than in Texas, plus I now have to pay tax on food.

    BTW, I'm Anne Marie from Married to the Empire. I moved my blog, too. I'm trying to find time now to blog again and read other people's blogs! :-)

  6. I have been sick this past week and it is so nice to have things in our pantry to tie us over when something like this happens. What a great challenge. I may try something like that next month. I am cleaning and decluttering the house this month!


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