Thursday, December 31, 2009

Eat From the Pantry Challenge

Money Saving Mom and Life as Mom are having an eat from the pantry challenge for the month of January.
Accounting Dude and I decided to participate because December seems like our month when we forget that we live on a written game plan. So a new month and new year seems like the perfect time to bring in the reigns and participate.

Our Challenge will include:
  • Inventorying our Pantry. Just inventoried the freezer a couple of weeks ago.
  • Reduce Grocery spending to $150.00 for the month. Normally spent $320.00 a month last year.
  • Purchase only dairy, produce, bags of ice (ice maker hasn't worked in a year and we don’t own ice cube trays and this is just easier), Diet Sunkist (drink one a day for both Accounting Dude and I) and items that are either free or super cheap.
  • Find creative things for lunch at work because Lean Cuisines and Smart Ones will eat into our budget.
  • Clean out my coupon organizer and keep it up to date.
  • Make a monthly menu. Did this in the past and it seemed to work out great.
  • Money saved will go towards our new refrigerator.

    *We have an eat out envelope and still plan to use once a week. When the money is gone - there is no more eating out. We maybe helped in this area because we did get eat out gift cards for Christmas.
    *CVS items will no longer count in our grocery envelope. It is now going to have its own envelope.

I think that we can handle all of these items and we are always up for a good challenge. I'll keep you posted on how it goes.

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