So I've been debating for several days now if I wanted to participate in Life as Mom and Money Saving Mom's Eat From the Pantry Challenge. Then I began looking around my house. I have a deep freezer that's stocked full. A regular freezer that's stocked full. And my pantry shelves are full to the brim with food. So why am I still nervous about doing this challenge? :)
I guess it's such a habit to just go to the store each week and load up on the groceries and savings that breaking away from that habit is...well, a little scary. But I have shelves full of recipe books, other great blogger's recipes to use and online tools such as Super Cook to help me in coming up with recipes. I think it might be fun! And anything that forces me to be creative is thumbs up in my book.
Since I'm going to Blissdom in February, I'm hoping that the time I save on shopping will help me find the time to get in a freezer cooking session. I'd love to have some great meals ready for my hubby to feed to the kids for the few days that I am gone.
I haven't got all of my "rules" squared away yet but here's my initial plan:
1) Stop by the store for only "perishable" items such as dairy, eggs, produce and sandwich bread. More than likely, my hubby will just pick these up on his way home from work, saving us $$ on gas.
2) Try to use whatever is on hand to create great meals for my family.
3) Use up our FREE pizza coupons. I got several free coupons in some board games I bought at Target several months ago. We also have several "tabs" from prior pizza boxes at a local chain that will also get us a FREE pizza. So once a week, we'll have a pizza/movie night with the kids.
The one diversion I have is that my son has a birthday at the end of January so I'll have to get extra food for the party. The savings I acquire throughout the month should more than pay for his party!
I'll keep you posted on how well I'm doing with sticking to the plan. If you have an overflowing pantry, you may want to consider trying the challenge out for yourself.
Thanks to Life As Mom and Money Saving Mom for hosting such a fun challenge!