Boost Your Budget Pantry Challenge Week 2

Boost Your Budget Pantry Challenge

Here are our assets, challenges, and goals for this challenge.

So far, so good.  The fridge, pantry, and freezer look filled to the gills.  I purged the pantry and now all of the items that need to be used quickly are in a laundry basket on the floor of my kitchen.  It's amazing how much food one can pack into those things - the pantry and the laundry basket.  :)  I figure if I am constantly reminded that I need to use up the food, it will get used and far more quickly than if I put it back into the cupboards.  Not a pretty solution, but a practical one.

Shopping report:  I had some ECBs to burn so I did do a little shopping at CVS this week and I wanted a couple of things at Walgreen's.  Also, milk and eggs will be a weekly purchase that I can't skip.  Here are my results for this week:  I have spent a total of  $20.69.  Not too shabby considering it's week one and that is 20% of my budget.  How are you doing with your challenge?

If you think that we will only be eating beans and rice for the month, think again.  Here's our menu plan for this week.

I am so pleased to be joining some talented bloggers 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! in taking Shopper Strategy's "Boost Your Budget Pantry Challenge" during the month of January.

If you would like to join in or see how other folks are facing the pantry challenge, please click through the linkys.


  1. I love your laundry basket idea! Great way to use the oldest stuff first :)

  2. I love your laundry basket idea! I'm absolutely going to do this the next time I clean out the pantry.

  3. Love the laundry basket...and your menu plan! You'd never know that it's based on a challenge to eat what you already have! Well done!

  4. Dear Ladies,
    The laundry basket idea is great as a constant reminder to use the items up (as you stub your toe on it walking through the kitchen). ;) Seriously though, when everything is right in front of you in one spot like that, it makes it really easy to come up with a dish or two that incorporates many of the items in the basket.


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