With a new year, lots of changes are happening in my family. Doors are closing while new ones are opening. I consider myself frugal as it is but I am stretching my pennies even more. I decided to challenge my family – I am calling this challenging the 30 day no shop challenge.
I have made it a bad habit to get all kinds of great bargains and stocks up until my pantry is busting out at the seams and then these deals get shoved to the back of the pantry long forgotten of and wind up expiring and then I have to toss them out! Over the weekend my husband and I cleaned out our pantry and unfortunately cleaning out two garbage bags full of food that were expired and no longer good. How could we allow this to happen? It is so wasteful. I cannot allow this to happen again.
The 30 day no shop challenge will force my family to use what we already have and not wasting. So how do you get started?
Clean out the the food in your pantry, refrigerator and freezer and get rid of old food.
Organize the food you are keeping. My husband separated the food in the pantry for instance – all baking on one shelf, soups on one shelf, etc. A few years ago my husband made me a pull out pantry on the side of my refrigerator which gives a nice amount of storage. Plus over the weekend we added an over the door shoe organizer on the inside of the pantry door (when it’s closed you cannot see it) All of our Keurig coffee and kids snacks are in these pockets.
One final shop for meats, fruits, eggs, veggies before you get started. These are all musts in my home. Even though I say no shop, I am on the Paleo diet so fresh fruits, veggies and eggs will the ONLY things I will purchase if we run out. Without them my diet will fail. That being said I will not go shopping unless it is all gone.
Plan by using the ingredients you have but in doing so you can come up with whole new recipes! Be creative!
Homemade is the way to go. When the bread and other boxed baking goods are gone I will be making items from scratch. I have never made bread before but I am excited about this new opportunity. I purchased a 25 lb. bag of flour and yeast so I am ready to go. Homemade is so much better because I will now the ingredients plus I can pronounce them!
My 30 day no shop will include not shopping for food, clothes, beauty items, etc. We will use what we have! I look forward to this challenge and using what we have. I am hoping this challenge will help me to use self-control on spending even more. It also gives our family the opportunity to get rid of the processed foods and when it’s all gone making more homemade foods from scratch which is a healthier option anyways. So what about you? Do you stock up and stock up and then wind up wasting or do you use what you have before shopping again?
Stay tuned for the update at the end of the challenge and during for some new recipes!