28 January 2010

Pantry Challenge

This past month I have seen several of the bloggers I follow do a Pantry Challenge, and I decided I would do one...in February. Just wasn't quite ready in January, and besides, February is shorter!
My challenge is to eat out of what I have in the cupboards/fridge/freezer and only spend $100 for the whole month. Considering that we go through 4 gallons of milk a week and that's running $3/gallon, there's $48 gone right there! But I have an abundance of ExtraBucks at the moment, so I may be buying milk at CVS by the end of the month.
I think we will learn a thing or two about Emergency Preparedness through this exercise. I remember one ward I served in where the Bishop called a group of families one day and challenged them all to go the next 2 weeks without going to the store. They could help each other out with what they had on hand, but only within the group that wasn't shopping. He had a few of them speak in Sacrament Meeting after it was over. I thought that was a great way to teach about food storage!
I haven't done any crazy spending this month to prepare, but I have hit some good coupons pretty hard, so I know we at least have pasta and dishwasher detergent! Wish us luck!

8 comments:

Olivia Carter said...

Umm... that's amazing! Love the idea, should do it, but my family might starve. Or get scurvy. I'm not great at that sort of cooking. Scott had scurvy on his mission, I wouldn't want to do it to him again. :)

Ashley said...

Cool, can't wait to hear if you can manage it! For now I am just working on planning one week at a time! :) We have all of our food storage and emergancy preparedness stuff if we really need it, but I'm not opening those buckets yet! They are neatly stacked behind the kids' dresser.

Good luck!

Katie said...

We would starve after a week and a half. I have NO stockpile.

Ashley said...

Oh, and I can't believe you go through 4 gallons of milk a week! Wow! It is only about $2.25 here.

Audra said...

Levi and I both agree... that is a lot of milk. But that is a cool challenge. Let us know how it goes!

Katie said...

HOW IS IT GOING?

Grandma in the middle said...

How is your challenge going? I've been using up everything here with Chuck gone. It's hard to cook for only one person! So I have a friend at work who goes to WW with me and I cook meals on the weekends and take half to her. Then I just got a cookbook with a recipe and then another recipe to use the leftovers from that recipe to make another one. Makes it a little less boring!

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