Tuesday, May 3, 2011

30 day pantry challenge

I am borrowing this from Anna at Molding Minds Homeschool and taking my own family on this challenge.  Here's what we're doing:

The Challenge: Eat mostly out of our pantry and freezer stockpile. Shop only for fresh fruit/veggies, dairy, and bread.

The Rules: Besides shopping only for the above each week, we will not be eating out at all the rest of the month except for the two special occasions that happen this month. We went out today for Mother's Day and will go out again around May 21 for our 16 year wedding anniversary (which shouldn't cost anything since we have a gift card).  I will pack us a lunch for everything else.

The Budget: $100 for the entire month. This includes $15 that I spent this morning at Albertsons

The Goal: To not only use up what we have neglected or forgotten in the pantry and the freezer but to also teach the kids good stewardship of the resources we have been blessed with. We will be no doubt be getting creative as the month goes on, so it will be a chance for us to work together to find unique alternatives for the foods we have.

I have to admit, I'm a little nervous about this but since our budget is REALLY limited, we're going to go for it.  The good news is I bought 5 gallons of milk this morning and we have 2 in our freezer.  I also have the stuff to bake bread and a stockpile of hamburger buns (don't ask).  LOL...we may end up eating oatmeal for breakfast every day or being REALLY creative for breakfast. 

I'll try to remember to update daily but please don't hold your breath.  You might pass out!


  1. Oh wow if we did that we would starve..lol but that is a good idea..think ill try it till the food runs out..let me know how creative you get!

  2. Humm maybe I should do this to use up all the processed stuff we have. I think I will make a list up of the food we have and then make up some meal ideas.

  3. I really need to do this... I buy a lot of food in bulk and we have SO much food in this house, it's nuts! I need to make a list of everything we have and make a menu plan from it.

    I hope your challenge goes well!