Thursday, March 7, 2013

#6IngredientChallenge: Budget Check-In

Six Ingredient Challenge buttonJoin the Six Ingredient Challenge hosted by Hobo Mama and Anktangle!

We're on a six-week path to eat more whole foods, guided by one simple rule:  
Buy foods with six ingredients or fewer. And we're blogging about our journey on the way.

This week we're answering the question: How's your budget? What money-saving strategies have you been employing?

You can see all the responses to this question today at this link-up post at Hobo Mama and Anktangle.  
If you're a blogger who's published a response, please post the URL in the linky below so we can visit to read. If you don't have a blog or haven't published a response, feel free to provide your answer in the comments on this post on either Hobo Mama or Anktangle.

Next week's writing prompt is at the end of this post along with posting instructions.

To join in the Six Ingredient Challenge anytime during the six weeks, visit the sign-up page for a list of posts and to link up!

My answer:

I've been pleasantly surprised that our food spending has been less since the challenge began than it was before the challenge. I am really enjoying focusing on cooking and eating all our meals at home and I've even gotten back into a meal planning groove, too!

I'm also feeling a renewed inspiration (as I did before I did the minimalist food challenge) to better utilize the food we have, and not store (hoard) food for significant lengths of time. Jaymz and I spent some time this past weekend cleaning out, reorganizing, and cataloging our freezers so that we can use the food—and the space—more efficiently. I have to admit that I was really dreading the task, but I ended up feeling really good after all was said and done.

The next task on my list is to tackle our pantry and spice cabinets to clear out anything that's expired as well as to get an idea for what meals we need to make soon to use up older items. The great thing about eating food we already have is that it has only positive impact on that week's food budget, which gives me even more incentive to do some Spring (food) cleaning!

Earlier on in this challenge I wrote about some of my food shopping strategies, including methods I use to keep our budget in check while still buying foods that make our bodies feel the best they can. Check it out for some tips on saving money, and please share your ideas with me—I always enjoy learning new things.

We hope you'll join us by blogging or journaling about the writing prompt each week. We'll introduce the prompt each Thursday and host a link-up for the answers the following week.

Start formulating your answers to Writing Prompt #6

What are you learning about your body through this challenge?
Your family's rhythms and routines? Your feelings about food?

Writing prompt #6 guidelines:

  • You have till next week to think of a response to the prompt. Post your response on your blog anytime by next Thursday.
  • Next week's post (3/14) will have a writing prompt linky where you can link up your response.
  • If you don't have a blog, you can leave your response in the comments on next week's post (3/14).
  • Copy and paste the header below into your post to tag it as part of the challenge.
  • Responding to the writing prompts is optional and just a fun extra way to play along! We encourage you to at least think out a response.

Header code for your writing prompt #6:

Simply copy the code in the box and paste it into the html box of your blogging software to appear at the top of your response post.

Link up your answers to prompt #5!

How's your budget? What money-saving strategies have you been employing?


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