Ok BH I started a different thread about a grocery money saving challenge and it gained a bit of interest. So I thought I'd start a thread where members can come to report progress, get inspiration, ask cooking questions, share their creations or whatever else fits the category.
The aim is to do as little grocery shopping as you can for a week. If you'd like to set yourself a dollar target not to exceed then by all means do - or maybe you have another goal such as halving your bill, not buying any extra meat/protein for the week, only buying milk/bread/fruit or you could even decide that you will only allow 5 items on your grocery list. The target is completely up to you. You can share it or keep it to yourself
I'll give a few pointers that have helped me get prepared (I started on Sunday) these were to:
- Write down a stock take of what you already have in your fridge/freezer/pantry.
- Design a meal plan for the week
- Google alternatives if you aren't confident in throwing things together without a recipe. Things that require buttermilk can be replaced with milk & lemon juice - or if you are out of self raising flour you can use plain flour, baking powder & salt.
- If you have a single ingredient that you need to use up but aren't sure how either ask in here .... Or jump online and type it into to recipe websites.
You will find that during the pantry challenge period you probably won't eat like you normally do. You might have to have a few meals that are a bit more simple or not as healthy as you'd normally eat.
The idea is that you spend the very minimum necessary to get you through the week (without starving obviously.)
So pop in and contribute whenever it suits you. This challenge has no starting or end date. It's an ongoing thread where you can gather support whether it be once a month or once every six months.
So welcome aboard Pantry Pirates!!! Let's save ourselves some loot by tightening the spending ropes!!
(If you are interested to see where this thread orientated from it is called $21 Challenge).