Boost Your Budget: January Pantry Challenge Week 3!



Boost Your Budget Pantry Challenge

Week 3 in the Boost Your Budget Pantry Challenge has come and gone! Matter of Cents is co-hosting with Shopper Strategy as well as several other blogs.

At the beginning of January, we set some basic goals to try and spend as little as possible while using as much of what we already have stocked in our pantries.

For the most part, I'm doing well with not purchasing anything we don't really need. Although, I have to say, I've been wanting to buy another bottle of low fat salad dressing. No can do. I am determined to finish the three we already have open in the fridge: Ranch, Thousand Island, and Sweet Vidalia Onion (the last one isn't low fat).

My goal of only wanting to shop once a week hasn't exactly worked out. I love fresh produce, but if I buy too much at once it has a tendency to end up in the garbage. This would be wasteful and technically worse when it comes to achieving this challenge. So, when I go I only buy one 3-pack of Romaine Lettuce ($1.99), two packages of baby carrots (99 cents each), and a bag of apples ($3.29). Which is what I did today. We also needed milk ($2.79 for a gallon of 2% and $2.39 for half gallon of Lactose free) and since I only drink bottled water ($2.49), I bought a case of that too.

If you're just joining us, feel free to read the last two posts I wrote. See you back here next week!

Each week, we will also be giving away a $25 Coupon Clutch Gift Certificate to one participant. Either leave a link to a challenge post or a comment about your challenge goals to be entered to win! Won’t you join us?

Congratulations to the Winner from Week 2: Entry #2, Julie from Pary Moppins!



  1. Have you thought about buying a filtrated pitcher for your water?  It will save you more money in the long run and tastes the same as bottled water.  I think it was Aldi or Target that had a sale on them this week.  Could have been last week.  But if it was Aldi they probably still have it on sale if they didn't sell out.

  2. I'm a fresh produce junkie, and I buy most of my meat from a local farm store so I know it's free range and organic, so I'm not so good at the low budget food thing, lol. I tend to pay premium for the food I want and try to budget in other areas like making my own laundry detergent:-) My challenge goal is to spend less on household cleaners, and find recipes to make more of my own.

  3. That is very sensible of you to know that buying in smaller quantities works better for you.  Cost to Benefit Ratios are often not what you expect them to be i.e. buying in bulk at a lower price but wasting vs. buying in smaller quantities at a higher price but using it all.  Good luck in the rest of the challenge.

  4. Way to go!  I'm so proud of you for holding out on the salad dressing!!  I don't remember the last time I finished a bottle before opening the next one – you've inspired to make sure I do that from now on šŸ™‚

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