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But, What if I Can’t Refill My Pantry?
Posted By Jessica Fisher On December 31, 2009 @ 9:49 pm In Pantry Challenge | 23 Comments
As we tackle the lofty goal of cooking and eating from the pantry , a concern has arisen. Don’t worry, I share it, too.
What if I can’t refill my pantry at the end of the month and still stay under budget?
What if? What if you have to pay full pop for some items come February because you’ve used up all your reserves and haven’t been constantly buying. What if you miss some great deals this month or just this week because you’re using up what you have? It could happen, couldn’t it? What if?
Well, here are a few things to consider:
Do It Your Way
The most important thing to remember is that you get to set your own goals this month. Maybe you’ll still allow yourself to pick up the good deals, but you’re going to focus on what you already have? Maybe you want to be Mother Hubbard (with a bare cupboard) on January 31 and are happy to start fresh come February 1st. Maybe you’ll limit yourself to buying a few items that you know you will want in the coming months. You get to choose!
And, while I have some of the same fear that I will “miss a good deal,” I know from experience that good deals are plentiful. I confess, this week’s grocery trip caused me a little fear and trepidation. Extra lean beef and chicken tenders were on sale for $1.88/a pound! Normally, I would have bought five packages of each. But, I knew you were watching!
Since I knew I was having company , I allowed myself to buy one package of each for our joint family meals. I stayed under budget, and still got “the thrill” of a great deal. Obviously, I’m still going to grocery shop in January and I’m definitely going to give preference to those items that are “practically free,” but I’m going to focus on what we have and try to reduce my grocery spending in January .
Are ya with me?
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