Nine women signed up to do the Pantry/Freezer Challenge with me during the month of February. It’s not too late to join us, if you are interested! Just email me below and I will add you to our Facebook group, where we share recipes, menus, encouragement, shopping tips, and more!
This first week was all about making an inventory list of everything that was in our pantry and freezer; making a menu for the month; creating a shopping list. It was all about preparing for the month of creating great meals with just what is in your freezer or pantry! It was all about finding great shopping discounts and buying the groceries needed at a deeper discount than we have before. So, how did you do?
Last week, after I made my grocery list, I went shopping. I went to Aldi which is one of my favorite discount grocery outlets. I actually should have taken a picture of all the groceries I left with just to show you how much I got! Our cart was overflowing! When we checked out, I told the cashier that if we had purchased the same goods at any other store, we would have spent an easy $200!! But, I walked out of the store with spending only $143.79!! I was thrilled to say the least!
The trip to Aldi didn’t include just food. We also purchased Shampoo, Toiletries, Toilet Paper, and Paper Towels. We stocked up on canned goods, cereal, and things like that. I didn’t buy any meat, as our freezer is FULL of meat! So there was no need to waste money on meat. We did stock up on fresh produce, and we will replace that as needed during the month. Milk and dairy products are also something that we will restock during the month. Anything else that fits into our Pantry or Freezer…well, we won’t shop for those items. We’ll eat just the meat and frozen meals that I cooked ahead and stored in our freezer, or what is in our pantry!
I’m off to a pretty good start! I hope you are, too! I’d love for you to share your journey with me in the comments section below! Good or bad! Let’s talk and see if you are off to a great start, or need a little bit of help. Either way, I am here to help!
Some ask why I am doing this challenge. The best reason I can give is because I want to be the best steward of God’s provisions as I can be! I don’t want to be wasteful of anything He provides! 2 Peter 1:3a“God is very powerful because He is God. So He has given to us everything that we need to live always. ….” If God truly has given me everything that I have, and I believe that He has, then it is my duty and responsibility to be wise with what He has given me. Right?
I look forward to hearing how your first week went! We will continue to check in with each other through the month of February. Below you will find a list of the meals that were created during my first week. I am only including the dinner meals, as I usually do not have lunch, and my breakfast is always a Green Smoothie!
1st: Sausage Pizza
2nd: Roast Beef / Gravy / Potatoes / Corn / Bread
3rd: Spaghetti / Garlic Bread / Tossed Salad
4th: Baked Ham / Potatoes / Carrots
5th: Dinner out with friends
Be sure to leave your comments below! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me at Christi@GirlfriendsCoffeeHour.com.