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Eat from the Pantry Challenge – Join Us!
Posted By Jessica Fisher On December 28, 2009 @ 5:35 pm In Budget Living,Grocery Geek,Meal Planning,Pantry Challenge | 42 Comments
For the last couple months, my friend Crystal  and I have been “cooking up a storm ” at the beginning of each month and storing what we’ve made in the freezer to use throughout the coming weeks. This “once-a-month” cooking venture  has saved us loads of time and money. It has been fantastic to go to the deep-freeze every couple days and pull out the makings of the next few days’ meals.
This past month I went a tad overboard and have a lot left in my freezer as well as the fridge and cupboard. Crystal also reports quite a bit left in her stores. That coupled with the fact that Crystal  will be spending New Year’s with me has prompted us to do something new for January. The first month of the year is a great time to take inventory, make goals, and move forward. We’re simply taking this concept into the kitchen. Join us as we spend the month of January cutting back and using up what we have in the fridge, freezer, and pantry.
I’ll be posting any spontaneous culinary creations (read: recipes I make up on the fly) over at Good (& Cheap) Eats  and giving a daily update as to what we’re actually eating. This should prove quite interesting, or quite boring, depending on your perspective. But, I’ll also be sharing general tips and suggestions to make your pantry challenge a success as well as posting my grocery geek adventures here at LifeasMOM . I hope you’ll not only follow along, but also be inspired to see where you can cut a few corners in January to give yourself a little more freedom in February.
If you’re not already, you may want to subscribe to GCE in a reader  or via email . And follow along at the Eat From the Pantry Challenge Facebook page . You can also follow us on twitter (@crystalpaine  and @fishmama ) as well as use the hashtag #pantry)
Out with the Old, In with the New!
If you have your doubts, that’s okay. I did, too. Last year when I watched Crystal do this, I thought you couldn’t spend any money. I can’t do that! Not with the Hobbits that live at my house .
Here are some guidelines to help you think about this challenge and how you can grow in kitchen management this month:
What’s your plan to make the most of YOUR grocery budget next month? Share it with us! And don’t forget to link up your Pantry Challenge post over at Money Saving Mom .
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