Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Freezer & Pantry Challenge

A chance comment to my sister has led to a month long challenge of frugality. I mentioned that my pantry and freezer were so full I figured I could live on them for three months if there was a nuclear holocaust. She suggested I try it for a month. So, I am and I will record each day's meals, snacks and food purchases.


1. You cannot purchase anything that is able to be easily frozen and kept. e.g. bacon.
2. Only staples of milk, eggs, cream and fresh fruit and vegetables may be purchased.
3. You must make bread if you have bread flour in the pantry and yoghurt if you have yoghurt mix.
4. No packaged, canned or frozen food is allowed to be purchased.

The next post will be about Day 1. It wasn't quite as easy as I thought it would be!


  1. As the other sister, I'm doing this too. I have enough bread flour and yoghurt mix to last. There's always tuna in my pantry and plenty of rice. Be interesting to see what's lurking at the back of my freezer.

  2. Very keen to follow this and hear how you go! I too have a freezer and pantry full so I look forward to seeing what ideas you come up with.

  3. What a fantastic challenge! I only grocery shop once a month (fruit, veg and dairy weekly), so often the last week before our shop is rather interesting and a bit of a challenge. I will be interested to see what you are preparing. :-)

  4. FLT, I normally shop every few days locally then one big shop weekly in town, so this is very different for me!
    opi, I hope I can come up with some good ideas from this challenge. I'll be saving money if nothing else!

  5. WOW, what a great idea! You will sail through this with Thermomix…get out the budget busters…Looking forward to your creativity shining in this one!

  6. Good idea Tenina! Forgot about Budget Busters!