Ok, we made it through the first two days, now on to day 3. To recap (and the posts are linked below):
Day 1-cleaned out our binders
Day 2-set our budgets
Day 3-cleaning out my pantry
That’s right, that’s what I’m doing today, cleaning out the pantry. And depending on how much time I have and how much work (my job) I can get done, I may go further than that.
What is expired, stale and needs to be tossed? Toss it or donate it (if unopened). I may reorganized and clean out my stockpile and freezer if I can get to it. Then, going to make some lists of pantry staples that I have, ones that I’m overstocked in, and what I need.
My list of pantry basics:
My freezer basics
First, read this post about how I prepare lots of chicken and ground beef to keep in my freezer.
frozen veggies for side dishes (usually GG boxes)
frozen veggies for cooking with (usually Birds Eye bags)
a whole chicken or two
a few roasts, either pork or beef, purchased when on sale/clearance
chicken nuggets for kids
a frozen pizza or two for emergency weeknights
frozen pizza dough
And that’s about it. With just those few items in my pantry and freezer at all times, I can construct lots of quick healthy meals. Tomorrow is Day 4–now we have a clean slate, a new budget figure, a cleaned out binder and a cleaned out pantry and freezer. We are ready to clip, shop and save money!