I know. I just did this in October.
I really wasn't that successful then so I'm going to try again.
This time I'm joining up with Jessica at good (cheap) eats as we try to "waste not, want not".
Here's my goals for this time:
1. Limit my grocery bill to $200 for January 2013. This is going to include my groceries, toiletries, dog food....everything. I know it's tight, but that's why it's called a challenge, right?
2. Eat out only once in January. OK, I'm really hoping to not eat out at all in January, but I'm trying to be realistic here. We do budget for eating out, so that won't come out of my $200 grocery money. I am however going to avoid the drive thru this month.
3. Save $100 for my chicken fund. That's right. Ronnie has finally wore me down about getting chickens. Let's face it, he always gets his way eventually (goats? bees?).
4. Save $100 towards the livestock auction. We're considering buying two calves at auction this year and selling one to cover the cost of some of our beef. Good in theory, until you realize it's big money up front. We already have quite a bit saved for this project. I'd just like to add a little to it.
5. Focus on hospitality. I am going to have someone over to eat at our home, whether they like it or not! OK. That's a little aggressive. I have gotten into the bad habit of being a bit of a hermit. I'd like to have a game night with some friends and use what I have in the freezer or pantry to feed everyone.
6. Be transparent in my spending this month. Last time I was able to blame hunting season and an unexpected snow storm for over spending. This time I'm going to be hard core. If I spend it - you'll know about it.
7. Start couponing and price matching again. It really does save me money. I just kinda got out of the habit, I guess.
8. Teach the boys two new recipes a week. I started out the school year teaching them to cook using Cooking 101 for Kids by Lynn's Kitchen Adventures, but I keep pushing it to the back burner. My plan was to do one recipe every two weeks......and so far I've done exactly one recipe. No better time to play catch up than during a pantry challenge when I won't be buying extras.
That's all. And that's enough!
Check in later this week to see how I'm doing. The first week is always easy....