Wednesday, February 2, 2011

February Eat From the Pantry Challenge!

Do you have a pantry that is stuffed with food? Do you go food shopping and buy more pantry items without looking at your existing stock?

I am one of those kind of homemakers that makes a weekly shopping list and only shops once a week. I am fairly good at cutting coupons only using them for items that I have on my list. I use cloth re-usable shopping bags for extra savings. I go to Costco two times a year and do a very large shopping of meat and staples. I use my food saver to divide the bulk meat and then freeze it until I'm ready to use it.

However, what I am not good at is taking a full inventory of the items I already have in my pantry. Although I am an organized woman, this is one area where I fall short. 

I've decided to enter a challenge given by a fellow blogger friend, "Gabrielle" over at "Couponing in Critical Times". She is outstanding in suggesting tips to save money and in other areas of house and home. Her blog is one that I read each morning and enjoy her stories, experiences and knowledge. Her challenge is "February Eat From the Pantry".

While I don't know if I'll actually succeed in this challenge, I am dedicated to putting my best foot forward in trying. After all, who can't afford to save money? Not only will this give me an opportunity to save, but it will also clear out the items in my pantry that I've continued to push to the back or side and as an extra bonus it will force me to be more creative in my daily menu planning and cooking. 

Would you like to try the challenge? Would you like to see the back of your pantry wall again? Join me over at Couponing in Critical Times and put your creativity to the test by only eating from your pantry during February!


  1. You are so sweet! Thanks for the link up and for joining in the challenge!

  2. What a lovely blog and great post! I am so happy you stopped by for Where in the World are You Wednesday, we are so happy that you did =)

  3. Eat only from my pantry.. well that would be hard for my family.. we don't eat from boxes or cans and the pantry is mostly dishes.. our fridge now is full of veggies...
    Wanted to say thanks so much for your visit to my blog and your #5 for the grey paint on my concrete floor...we will see what I come home with
    Thanks for your visit!

  4. Since I do not buy many groceries just for me, I seldom have a pantry full. I clip a few coupons but not many. When I run our of food, I know where to come, you house.

  5. Hi, I'm like the comment ahead of me..It's just me and hubby and I dont over stock..but I find your post very interesting and want to keep up on the latest stuff. So here I am, thanking you for a wise post well done!

  6. I clean my pantry about 4 times a year and anything that I've not used that should be used, I'll sit on the counter and plan meals around them. Within a week (or two at the most), they're gone!!! I don't have much in our pantry other than staples, the store, after all is only a few blocks away!

  7. @ Sandy - Thanks for stopping by! Good luck on the floor color.. will be watching for photos..

    @ LV - Your welcome any time.. I'll leave the light on for ya!

    @ Shirley - Thanks for reading. Wish me luck as I pursue this challenge.

    @ Martha - That's a great habit cleaning out your pantry 4 times a year.. my grocery store is 6 miles from my house unfortunately.. :(

  8. We buy very few groceries because we're 6 months in Florida and 6 in NC. I hate to drag a lot of food with me so I cook one meal and we eat 3 days on it. Don doesn't seem to mind the same thing over and over plus we eat out a lot. I usually shop once to twice a week but smaller amounts. I'll enjoy keeping up with how you make out.

  9. Thanks so much for visiting my blog! I'm now following you, too!

    Unfortunately my pantry is pretty bare right now due to lack of funds. On Friday I'll have to go to Stop and Shop and stock up.

  10. On weeks where we're too busy to get to the supermarket, I'm always amaaaaazed at how long I can string out the food we have stocked up!!

    All those cans and packets come in handy!!!

    Can't wait to see how you put it all into practice.


  11. First off, I'd like to say, "WOW!" It's an honor to meet someone who's organized. Does your pantry really look like this? Mine is a disaster! Okay, it's just way too small, but then our entire house is. One day, mark my word, we'll have a larger place with a nice walk-in pantry.

    I try to keep inventory of what we have. When I see something is either low or we're totally out then I write it on my store list. Because of our limited space, I have to keep up with what's on hand, it's too difficult to get a stock pile of any one item. That's wonderful if you have the room to do it, though.

    Best of luck to you with your new goal set. BTW, just hopped over from Blessing Reflection's blog hop via Thursday 2Q meme and am now hooked up to yours.

  12. My freezer is a disaster and needs to be inventoried. So I will ponder doing that chore TOMORROW. :)

  13. I try to shop more fridge fresh than pantry but I just bought some soup today :)

  14. How can you only go to Costco twice a year! We go every six weeks. Almost all our food is from Costco. I don't have much freezer space. Good luck with your challange!

  15. Sorry it has taken me so long to get over here for a visit, thanks for visiting and becoming a follower,I always love to me a fellow gardener. I won't be taking your challange...I don't cook.
    But I am happy to become a follower. Have a great day.

  16. So, let me comment on a few of your comments..
    1) We eat a lot of leftovers here as well, the hubby nor daughter don't seem to mind, however daughter is hardly ever home so it's mainly me and the 'man'... so, if I cook a large meal, we'll be sure to eat off of the same meal for a few nights.

    2) I do try to stock up as often as I can and take advantage of sales for things that I only usually get.. I have some friends who will use coupons and tell me they have saved on things they never ever get to begin with so I'm always confused as to how that is saving when they never normally buy those items anyway..

    3) The picture of the cabinet is not my own but it will after I'm done with this challenge for sure. At the moment, my pantry and cabinets are a hodge podge of various boxed and canned goods.. Another reason why I'm hosting a tupperware party in a couple weeks. I'm dedicated to getting organized.. you're all invited by the way! :)

    4) So far my challenge is going ok I guess.. I only have fresh foods and dairy on my shopping list as I've been successfully weeding out things in stock. I hate letting meat spoil in the fridge and pantry items go past expiration dates, although I will admit that recently I made corn muffins from a mix that was way past the date, but only realized that AFTER I baked them.. Didn't matter, they tasted fine anyway.. Not that I purposely do that though.. lol..

    I make a lot of soups and freeze them as they are good 'last minute' dinners too!

    I'll keep you posted!

  17. Leslie, I started trying to organize and use down my panty goods in January. I have 2 deep freezes and go to the Meat market every 3 months and we also have a garden every year, so my freezer is full. I was so bad about not making a list and going to the store every week. I have a large panty and it was over flowing. I decided I had to use down what I had on hand and only go to the store once a month except for items I place on a list or fresh veggies or milk. If I don't go to the store I don't buy what I don't need. I have started using coupons for items I normally buy. But sometimes an off brand is just as good as a name brand and a lot cheaper.
    My Dear Hubby is very funny about his eating, if I cook extra, he might eat it the next day and he might not depending on what it is, so I try not to over cook. If I make homemade soup or chili, I will freeze several freezer containers for later on.
    Thanks for the web site, I am headed over there to check it out.


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