If you are looking to gain substantial margin in your budget, try this tip: Open up the pantry!
Seriously, you probably have a month’s worth of canned and dry goods in there. Yes, you will have to purchase the perishables like milk, bread, and veggies, but you could probably get by on 30% or less of your typical monthly grocery spending this month!
Here are some tips to maximize the use of your pantry inventory:
- Pull everything out and place on the dining room table
- Put meals together based on this total overview of your inventory
- Write down the meals on paper so you don’t forget the ideas you have
I love these types of meals! Is there anything better than chicken chow mein? Or spaghetti? Or sardines and saltines? Or made-from-scratch biscuits and gravy?
For many families, doing this for just one month will save $200 or more!
QUESTION: Have you ever done anything like this? If so, what was the strangest meal you ever put together with the items you “discovered” in your pantry?