Pantry Challenge

Pantry Challenge Update

by GettingFreedom on January 23, 2012

We’re entering into Week Four of the Pantry Challenge, and I’ve just thrown my intended menu plan out the window.  I generally plan my meals in two week blocks, and this weeks meals just aren’t going to work.  Our #3 child goes in for surgery on Wednesday {tubes and removing his adenoids} which means thing more than likely won’t be “normal” around here!


Our Pantry Challenge Progress

Regain your Grocery Budget

I was looking to cut our normal grocery budget by about $100-$200.  So far I’ve come in at about $225–but I also haven’t placed my Azure Standard Order yet.  It won’t be delivered until next month, but the money comes out of this months budget. So it looks as if I’ll come in at my normal grocery amount–but I will still be seeing benefits into next month.

Reorgagnize our Cabinets/Freezers

I’ve reorganized my pantry and 2 of my three freezers.  The other freezer only  has a little bit of beef left from our last bulk beef purchase.  I’ve got everything listed on the front of our freezer using the  Freezer Inventory Printable.  I’ve laminated it and attached magnets to the back so I can adjust accordingly. We’ve been using a lot of our older foods and items that I had forgotten about now that everything is reorganized.  Ah!  It feels SO good to be back on top of it!

Refocus. Re-evaluate. Regroup.

I’ve dedicated 2012 as a whole to Regrouping.  So far I feel that January has been a great step in that direction.  I’ve cleared my head, and tried to wash the negativity of the past few years out of my mind and move on.  What does that have to do with the Pantry Challenge?  A lot, actually.  I’ve been in a lull, basically just flying by the seat of my pants.  Even though I had a menu plan and a plan overall, I found myself winging everything, oftentimes at the last minute.  I hate functioning like that, but that was what had become my norm.  The last few weeks I’ve tried very hard to overcome that, and be who I was before all of this.  And I think I’m finally getting there!

And with this, I’m also in the process of compiling our Master Menu and Grocery Lists, with the  help of the family.  Hopefully this will not only make menu planning an absolute breeze, but it will help me to have less waste and less food sitting for long amounts of time waiting to be put to good use.


I’ve not had much extra time to restock our freezer with ready made foods, just yet–but plan to later this week.


How are you doing on your Pantry Challenge Goals?



Check out the other bloggers who are also participating::

Balancing Beauty and Bedlam
The Finer Things in Life
Tammys Recipes
Good Cheap Eats



Pantry Challenge Week Three Menu

by GettingFreedom on January 16, 2012

Well, we’re entering week three of the January Pantry Challenge.  How is everyone doing with their goals?  I’ll share more about my progress in a separate post later this week.

Generally, I would have already done my grocery shopping for the next two weeks {we usually go on Fridays}.  But last week my husband and I drifted off to a Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage Seminar–and it was an absolute blast!  We seriously laughed so hard we were crying at times.  So, the kids and I are off today to do our grocery shopping.  We should be able to get everything we need for right around $60–or at least that is what I’m shooting for.


Here’s this weeks menu::



  • Waffles with Fruit Topping {our freezer is overflowing with fruit!}
  • Oatmeal {Peanut Butter, and topped with various fruits}
  • Granola with Fruit and Yogurt


  • Homemade Hummus and Pita Bread
  • Tortilla Roll-Ups
  • Easy Chilli Mac
  • Leftovers


  • Sunday:: Small Group.  We took Chicken Salad.
  • Monday:: Meatloaf Cups.  Mashed Potatoes/Gravy.  Corn.
  • Tuesday:: Reubens on Homemade Rye Bread. Sauerkraut.
  • Wednesday:: Steak and Spinach Roll Up. Sweet Potato Fries. Mock Olive Garden Salad.
  • Thursday:: Chicken Wild Rice Soup. Cheddar Bay Biscuits. {still haven’t made this!}
  • Friday:: Pizza/Popcorn/Movie Night:: Pepperoni Pizza.  Buffalo Chicken Pizza.
  • Saturday:: Leftovers?



What’s on your menu this week?  Need a Menu Planning Sheet to write down your menu?  Download this one {part of the Home Management Binder}.


Be sure to check in on the other Pantry Challenge Participants::

Balancing Beauty and Bedlam
The Finer Things in Life 
Tammy’s Recipes
Good Cheap Eats


Check out hundreds more menus over at Menu Plan Monday.



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FREE Freezer Inventory Printable

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This is the first week of the January Pantry Challenge–and I’m excited to see just how creative I can be with our meals.  I’m not completly abstaining from grocery shopping, I just won’t be purchasing as I normally would.  Today is the day I have set aside to go through our 3 freezers and completely […]

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Reorganize Regroup and Regain Your Grocery Budget

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It’s hard believe that 2011 is coming to a close and 2012 will soon be upon us.  I have to admit, I’m ready for a new year and a fresh start. This past year has been really hard on us, between the ups and downs of my mom’s cancer and then her passing, to tying […]

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