Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Pantry Challenge: Save Money On Food At The Grocery Store

I went on my first shopping trip at the grocery store while doing the Pantry Challenge.  I have a budget of $50 per week to feed my family of four. Yesterday, I was able to get out of the grocery store   and I only spent $39.55!  I even bought a gallon of organic milk and organic hot dogs!  I mostly bought produce and I only bought enough to get me through the week.

What I have learned from my first shopping trip during the Pantry Challenge: We don't need much!  Produce goes bad, so only get what you need to get through that week.  Also, there are only 7 days in a week,  so you will need to make 21 meals.  It sounds like a lot, but breakfast is usually cereal or oatmeal and lunch is usually a sandwich and sides or leftovers from dinner, so you really only need to cook 7 meals.  If you can find 7 quick and easy and cheap dinner ideas, then you are set!

Make a meal plan for the week.  Include what you already have in your freezer and pantry and only buy the things you really need for the recipe to be complete when you go to the grocery store.

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