Eat From the Pantry Challenge
When I was in high school I loved Use It Up Challenges hosted by makeupalley.com
I would go through all of toiletries, free soaps, sample shampoos, body spray gifts from friends and use them all up in a month. I would keep myself from buying anything new until I had used up every single old half-filled, hidden away bottle/jar/sachet/whatever.
In the same way I have been doing an Eat from the Pantry Challenge in my own home these past six weeks. Not just because I wanted to, or because moneysavingmom.com had challenged me (yet). But I was doing it because I had to, I didn’t have spare money for food or any extra money sadly.
Things are a bit better and I did buy a few things this week but somehow my pantry never emptied. It may have been prophet/widow story. I still hosted parties and fed myself and there is still food to spare.
So now, I will do it again, in January. My rules are:
2) Only buy dairy (milk, eggs, cheese, etc.), produce (fruits/vegetables), and lasagna making items (I owe a friend a few). I already get milk/eggs/butter delivered weekly for a good price.
3) Spend a total of $75 or less on groceries during the month of January.