I am a tad embarrassed that here is the end of the month and I am just putting up July’s Simple Budgeting series post but life has been crazy. At any rate, here it is!
Last month, I wrote about Knowing What You Have. I gave the example of our pantry clean out and organizing effort. This month, I am going to take that one step further and suggest that you Use What You Have. I know you are thinking that isn’t a novel concept or even a bright idea but think about what you have in area of your life … your pantry, your closet, your shoe organizer, your cleaning supplies, your garage (ACK!) … I could go on and on. Do you really use what you have or do you buy because items are on sale?
Last year, I went over the top with couponing and sale matching. We ended up with a huge stock pile in our garage pantry, our kitchen pantry, and every other storage area I had. It took a comment from husband that we don’t six packages of toilet paper hanging out in the garage for me to take that step back and say, we need to use what we have. So we now have limited areas where items go and what fits in that area is what I keep on hand. Six huge packages of toilet paper aren’t need on hand at all times. Yes, there is a sale this week but my toilet paper area is full so I pass on it.
I have seen a lot of challenges about cooking out of your pantry and freezer for a week … a month … however long they are. Maybe this idea is for you? This week we skipped the grocery store after coming home from our super short beach trip and have eaten out of our pantry and freezer. And you know what, they aren’t empty yet!!
So as we go into August, I challenge you to Use What You Have. Pick an area to try this in your life. Maybe it is your pantry … your clothes … your garage … everyone has some area they do this. If you realize you have items you don’t use or don’t need, donate them. Someone else will more than likely accept them with open arms!! If you get a chance to do this, let me know.
If anyone is interested in a pantry or freezer challenge, let me know and I will work towards hosting one here and begging my cooking husband for some of his recipes! (He does love a good challenge but I need to come from YOU not me! 😉 )
Hope to hear from some of you soon!!