I’ve recently been looking for more ways to save money for my family. I don’t really bring in an income (except for some pocket change from my Etsy shop), and since I’m responsible for the meals for the most part, at least I can help to save the money that my husband earns.
While looking at a homeschooling blog, I found The Pantry Challenge.
Basically, it’s a challenge to lower your grocery bills by cooking with the odds and ends you already have in the back of your freezer and pantry. In the last several months I’ve also started making homemade versions of meals that are usually boxed, and am surprised at how easy and cheap they can be. I’ll talk more about that in a different post. The challenge is supposed to be for the month of January, but since I’m starting late I’ll do 5 weeks and go from there.
My goals are to
1. Not buy any prepared meals
2. Buy only perishables (mainly milk and fruit for the kids) until we run out of frozen veggies and meat, etc (we still have a huge portion of the 1/2 cow we bought last spring so I’m not thinking that will happen anytime before summer)
3. Bake at least 1 loaf of bread for every loaf we buy
4. Spend less than $50 a week on groceries (usual budget is $65)
My Menu for the week:
M- Steak with rice and corn (the bonus of buying 1/2 a cow..we can actually afford beef that isn’t ground up!)
T- Meatloaf with pasta sidekick and peas
W- Chicken Alfredo
Th- Chili (my hubby makes a great homemade chili, we make a huge batch and freeze it…lasts for months!)
F- leftovers (I’ve heard this called ‘fridge buffet’ before!)
S- Homemade hamburger helper
Su- Salisbury Steaks, not sure of the side dishes yet. Probably mashed taters and mixed veggies.
A bonus to joining up with the challenge? Tons of links to other mom bloggers with other great frugal ideas!