Thursday, December 31, 2009

A new challenge

I came across this earlier today on Coupon Geek's site and am going to give it a go for the month of January. I have so many odds and ends in the pantry and watching my mother last week make cream of chicken soup from scratch using no recipe, I know I can use what I have in my cupboards to make several meals this month. I'll be taking a different spin on this challenge as I will still be purchasing items like meat (only when on sale) throughout the month so I don't have a bare freezer and pantry come February (I would have to spend a whole lot more to stock it and would defeat the whole purpose of saving money).

So here are my goals:

1. Plan ahead so I won't be tempted to stop on the way from work to get dinner.

2. Only buy milk, eggs, produce, and meat (on sale) throughout the month.

3. Spend only $200 for the entire month (we'll see how this goes as groceries are so much more expensive here and my children are growing by leaps and bounds).

4. Put leftover money towards debt.

If you'd like to read more about it or link up to others who are doing this, head over to Money Saving Mom and join the challenge! Here's to a new year!


Luanne said...

If I could only spend $200 a month towards groceries...I'd be rich...

Checking out the link though! I could use all the help I can get when trying to save on groceries!

Jean said...

i'm working on my list right now for meals for the entire month and think I'll be going over my $200 limit. My cupboards and freezer were much more empty after I went and looked. But each meal is using something from them, so that's a start right? That's what I keep telling myself. :)

heather said...

this is great, Jean! I love the idea of using things in the pantry - it's so easy to go to the store and not get creative with what we already have. I could really use some help cutting back on my food budget, too! :)

Isabel said...

What a great plan. Good luck!

(I totally believe that, with a little planning, you can totally do this!)