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Eat What You Have (Frugal Friday)

Posted By Jessica Fisher On July 25, 2013 @ 7:24 pm In Budget Living,Frugal Friday,Pantry Challenge | 21 Comments

Wondering how you can save money on food costs? Eat what you have.

We’re blessed to have an abundance of food. That’s not the case in many parts of the world. Your mama’s stories about children starving in Africa, well, she was right.

I live a very affluent life. I know this. It might not seem that way to some people. I drive a car that is older than my sixteen year old son. Some of my clothing is older than my marriage.

But, I have a warm bed at night, 5-bedroom/4-bath shelter, and enough food in my pantry and fridge to last us awhile. The funny thing is about me, and maybe you, is that even though there’s food in the kitchen, we still go shopping for more. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I know that our household, and maybe yours, too, often has so much food that some goes to waste.

One of the ways we’ve been saving money on groceries [4] this month is by eating what we have. Also, known as The Pantry Challenge [5], this practice of eating down the pantry can save money, reduce waste, and help clean out your kitchen. 

I spent two weeks this month, cutting our grocery bill in half for those weeks. The month’s not done yet, but I think it’s fair to say that we saved a couple hundred dollars just eating what we already had.

  • Was it all fun food? No.
  • Did I refuse some of my kids’ requests when shopping at the store? Yes.
  • Did we do just fine? Absolutely.

You can read more about our experience with the Pantry Challenge here. [6]

How can you save money on food costs? Eat what you already have.

Have you ever done a Pantry Challenge?


This is Frugal Friday. In an effort to make these weekly financial discussions more interactive, I’m no longer posting a link-up. Feel free to leave a link in the comments. But better yet, chat with us on today’s topic.

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