The hardest part of the Eat from the Pantry Challenge isn’t coming up with things to eat from our pantry.
I love it when I can find a really great sale and am able to stock up. Stockpiling those sale items really helps us make the most of our money.
So sometimes it is a challenge for me to actually use that stockpile.
Could it be that I’m becoming a hoarder?
The Eat from the Pantry Challenge has reminded me of the reason I stockpile to begin with: to have food on hand in times of busy schedules, inclement weather or an illness, and (of course) to save money. If I just collect the food in the pantry and never use it, then it is money wasted.
Use it or lose it, right?
So it has been good for me to recognize that while it’s good to stockpile, it’s also good to use what you have so that none of it goes to waste.
I questioned why I was so hesitant to use my stockpile, and I realized that it was because I know how expensive it can be to rebuild a depleted stockpile. So instead I’ve reached a compromise with the Eat from the Pantry Challenge. I’m using my stockpile, but I am still keeping an eye out for the very best sales and stocking up on those items during the month. I’m still spending a fraction of what I’ve spent on food the past few months, and yet I feel like I’m not using up all my food on this challenge.
I’m reminded of how frugality doesn’t have to mean all or nothing. Finding a balance is often what works the best.
About Christina Brown
Christina loves clipping coupons, pinching pennies, and chasing her three boys (a 9-year-old and twin 7-year-olds) as a stay-at-home mom.