Eat What You Have So You Can Save Money

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 […]

Lessons Learned from a Pantry Challenge

A pantry challenge is a concentrated effort to shop the kitchen before heading to the stores. I learn lessons afresh each time I do it. Cannellini Bowtie Pasta Salad Every January now for several years I give special attention to “eating down the pantry”. It’s a great way to scale back after the business and […]

Are You Shopping Your Kitchen?

A pantry challenge is a great way to use up what we already have, think through how I want to shop in the future, and of course, save money. Today’s the first check-in for the Pantry Challenge over on my food blog, Good Cheap Eats. We’re spending the month “shopping our kitchens” before we go […]

Freezer Cooking from the Pantry

I used to think that I had to do a big grocery trip in order to do batch cooking. I learned differently recently. On Friday I shared my recent cooking plan. To prep a variety of foods to store in the freezer was the goal, but I was going to do it without grocery shopping. […]

Grocery Geek: Ending the Pantry Challenge?

At the end of last month I knew that I had a ton of food in my pantry and freezer. So, I set upon a Pantry Challenge, trying to make the most of what we already had instead of “shopping as normal” at the grocer’s. I didn’t make any hard and fast rules or make […]

Budget Pantry Staples

I’m coming off the heels of a month-long pantry challenge. I learned a lot. And I’m glad it’s over. It was a great exercise in making do with what we had as well as a wonderful reminder to be thankful. My cup overflows, for sure. Build a Frugal Pantry Spending a month scrounging in my […]

Meal Planning: Wrapping Up the Pantry Challenge

As you know, I decided to tackle a Pantry Challenge. My goals included to spend the first four weeks of this month, using up what we had in the cupboards, refrigerator, and freezer, as well as reducing my grocery spending. There were some good things about this challenge and some not so good things. But, […]

Meal Planning: The Final Week of the Pantry Challenge

I’m entering the final week of my pantry challenge. I’m making it an even 4 weeks and ending on Friday. Carry on until Monday if that’s your druthers. It’s been harder than I expected in some ways. We’ve run out of milk and produce more often than I thought we would. Side dishes have been […]