Change a Bad Habit and Save Money in 30 Days

We have quite a stockpile of food in our home and yet we’ve been eating out a lot. It just doesn’t make sense. I have freezer meals ready to be cooked. I’ve got tons of frozen beef and chicken and a large stockpile of canned goods (thanks to couponing) that could easily be turned into meals. This eating out habit is NOT helping with our weight loss goals and is really starting to affect our budget. It has to stop now!

The Challenge

Our family will only be eating food we already have in store for the next 30 days. That’s right. I will have to serve meals using ingredients we already have on hand. No more quick, convenient stops to pick up take out. Well, there are a few exceptions to this rule. I will be purchasing milk, bread, fresh fruits, veggies and cereal throughout the month. I will also give us a $10 allowance per week for additional items.

Oh, I just remembered that Clara will have her 9th birthday during our challenge. It’s a family tradition for Daddy to take the birthday child out for lunch, so we will definitely budget for that. After all, the goal is to change a bad habit, eat healthier and save money not to suck all the fun out of life.

Will you join us?

Are you up for the challenge? We start tomorrow and would love to have you join us. Maybe a 30 day challenge is unrealistic for you. How about one week? Check your fridge, your pantry, and your stockpile. I bet you have enough food in your home to last you at least seven days. Just think of all the money you’ll save!


1. Decide on the length of your challenge. If you’re game, please leave a comment including the length of your challenge and what you will allow yourself to buy at the grocery store during this time.

2. Write a menu plan for the next  7 days. A menu plan is half (or most of) the battle. It will help you stay on track for the week and ease the temptation to grab something while you’re out. I will post my menu plan tomorrow.

I’ll admit, I’m a little nervous about how this is going to work, but my husband and I both agree that we need to change our current path, so here we go.


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