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Eat from the Pantry Challenge

Hopefully, I am not jinxing myself for posting this…but WE’RE MOVING!!! Our house is FINALLY under contract. That’s the good news…


The bad news is, now we have to move. We have had our house on the market because we have a small piece of paradise not far from here upon which we intend to build. However, we are NOWHERE near ready to build. We’re not sure what we want and it’s the middle of winter which means there is already at least a foot of frost in the ground here in Eastern Iowa.It’s kind of hard to dig a basement with frost in the ground.

Solution?  Move from our already small 2000 square foot, lovingly remodeled home into the even smaller 1500 square foot mess of rental we happen to own RIGHT NEXT DOOR while we figure out exactly what we want to build and how to pay for it!

So here’s my challenge! I shouldn’t be the only one to (ahem) suffer, right? 🙂 I am challenging myself to eat from the pantry and freezer. I would like to only buy fresh produce and dairy products from now until we move so we can empty our freezer and pantry. It will be good to purge old so we can start fresh. And it means I’ll have to carry less next door. Think I can do it? I’m not so sure…

I’m accepting Jessica’s challenge from her blog Life As Mom. I watched her do this last year but didn’t participate. I’ve been thinking about it all year and this year, I’m ready to go.

I’d like to reduce our monthly grocery budget from $250 to $150 to help force me on the way. I have several goals outlined on my monthly menu post that I hope to accomplish. Tomorrow I’ll post our monthly menu. If you’d like to join me in this quest, leave a comment. Give me some good ideas because I’m going to need help making this happen!!!


  1. you are such an inspiration!!! hopefully you have lots of rice in the pantry - i've always found you can stretch meals when you add rice. and hopefully you don't have picky eaters in your house! i can't wait to follow your adventures!
  2. Congrats on selling the house!

    What sort of ideas are you looking for?

    Last time I wanted to eat down the freezer, I had to do an inventory. I just started an inventory of our pantry as I'd like to eat the old stuff out to make room for newer stuff. But we are not on a deadline like you are!
  3. Good luck with the challenge. I find the best way to make it work is to make an inventory of your refrigerator, freezer and pantry, then start to put meals together based on what you have.

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