Pantry Makeover Before Pics & Grocery Budget

Get Motivated to Save on Groceries with a Pantry Makeover Challenge

Last week we started a pantry makeover challenge in order to clean up  our disorganized pantry. That conversation evolved into a conversation about cutting back on our grocery bill. Ultimately, this makeover project has lead us to challenging ourselves to “eat from the pantry”. Week one wasn’t too hard as we set a budget to spend $100 per week on lunchmeat, dairy and produce…..all the things that aren’t stored in a pantry.

Pantry makeover challenge before and during

The first week we were able to stay under budget and spent $75 on groceries. This week was a bit more difficult as we went way over budget and spent $150 on groceries {minus toiletries}. I am thinking that we went over budget because we are cooking a lot {breakfast, lunch and dinner for 5 people} and we needed to replenish some essential pantry staples such as flour, spices and coffee. {Yes, coffee is definitely a pantry essential in this household.}

pantry makeover challenge before1

We have definitely been diligent about utilizing the food we have stocked up in our pantry. {My daughter has made Chex Muddy Buddies twice this week.} We have also discovered new recipes, revisited family favorite recipes like Vegetable Beef Barley Soup and baked a lot of bread. We figured that we need to bake three loaves of bread each week to maintain the sandwich demand around here.

Pantry Makeover Challenge: Week 2 Menu

  • Taco Ring, Rice and Green Beans
  • Ham, Potato Soup and Brussel Sprouts
  • Burgers, Potato Wedges and Broccoli
  • Shrimp, Whipping Cream Potatoes and Caprese Salad
  • Homemade Pizza and Portillo’s Chopped Salad
  • Meatloaf, Hominy and Garlic Green Beans
  • Buffalo Chicken Wraps and Salad

If you are looking for some pantry makeover inspiration, visit the My Thrifty House Pinterest Board. You can also stop by and “Like” the My Thrifty House Facebook Page .

More Ideas from My Thrifty House

Leave a Reply