I am so excited to be participating in the Boost Your Budget Pantry Challenge!! One of my goals for 2012 is to eat at home more often, so this challenge is a great way to start! I’m co-hosting this challenge with a few other ladies, so be sure to visit their blogs to read how they’ll be participating in the challenge!
This is not a “no spend” month, this is a “make do with what you have on hand and spend as little as possible” month.
Everybody’s personal goals will be different and we can each set our own rules – the point is merely to challenge ourselves and start off the new year with a boost to our budgets! We’re also giving away a $25 Coupon Clutch gift certificate each week to one participant who either leaves a link to a challenge post or a comment about their challenge goals. Won’t you join us? Read more about the CouponClutch here.
I have recently joined E-MEALZ Easy Meals for Busy and Frugal Families. This is a great time-saving and money-saving plan that I encourage you to check out. E-Mealz creates a shopping and recipe list for your favorite store. You print your list each week and take it to the store with you when you do your shopping. They base the list on the current sales for the week.
Besides purchasing needed items for my E-Mealz list I plan to only purchase staple items such as fresh fruit and veggies, milk, bread, and eggs. My goal is to spend under $200 for the month.
I plan to do this by using as many items as possible that I already have in my pantry, plus I can save at the store by purchasing items on sale and with coupons.
Stop by each week to read more about how I’m doing on this challenge. I’ll be sharing some of my favorite recipes too! Also be sure to leave me a comment and let me know your shopping goals for the month or leave a link in the linky if your a blogger.