Freezer/Pantry Challenge Part 4 – I saved $100

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I had to go to the grocery yesterday to get some dairy and produce.  I’ve been doing this challenge to eat out of the pantry and freezer since Tuesday.  I hope to carry it through next week.

The good news is that I saved about $100 over what my usual grocery cost is.  I bought the normal amounts of dairy and produce that I usually buy each week, but nothing else.  The shopping took a fraction of the time it usually takes – another plus!

How have you done with saving money during this challenge?  Share in the comment section.

It’s not too late to join us in the challenge.  You can read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 at these links.

Do you have a super cheap meal that you like to make?

I’m working on a post that will list the cheapest meals on my site, as well as link to other blogs that have cheap meals.  If you have a meal posted on your blog, send me an email ( with a link.  If you don’t have the recipe posted on your blog, or don’t have a blog you can still send me the recipe.  I love to hear from readers and highlight your ideas.

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  1. I saved about $70 this week! The only meat I bought was ground beef. Other than milk, yogurt and produce, the only other thing I bought was tortillas!

  2. Thanks for visiting my blog! This challenge is great, I so need to give this a go! Have a great day!

  3. I love this idea, congrats on your savings! I need to get more serious about doing this on a regular basis…the other thing I need to improve is just making one major trip to the grocery a week, instead I find myself constantly forgetting one or two things that I have to run out for…I’d love any suggestions you might have!

    • Tiffany says:

      Steph, I do the same thing by forgetting to get things on my weekly shopping trip. My biggest trip is to try to make do by substituting ingredients or changing the plan a bit to fit what you have on hand. Of course, there’s always making out a better list, but I’m terrible at that!

  4. I LOVE the “eat out of your pantry for a week” idea. My parent’s used to do this when i was growing up. My Mom used to shop at a Food Club type (back before they were officially called that) and would buy “mystery cans” which where canned foods where the labels had come off. During our “eat outta the pantry meals”, we’d grab a few of the those mystery cans and try to form a meal around them. It added to the challenge and the fun. Great blog
    p.s Thanks for stopping by my blog too!

  5. I saved about $40 on the weekly grocery shopping trip by using what I have. I did end up buying some cereal and hair products that were not on my list so still a great savings in my mind!

  6. Hi–just found your site this week. It is wonderful! I love it…very helpful. I actually need this idea right now. Not enough money for the month so this will come in handy. Thanks for the inspiration! Keep up the great work!

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