In her words, this is the challenge " you cannot got the the grocery store for any new food items (with the exception of staples like milk, butter, eggs, and meat) or ingredients until you have used up all the extras you have sitting in your pantry and fridge!"
Step one: Go to your pantry/cupboards/fridge/etc and write down all the extras you have inside. This is a great time to get rid of expired items and to organize.
Step two: Get creative and thrifty. Find recipes that use up the extras you have floating around. One example from Tanya, "maybe you would buy already made dinner rolls... instead, make them."
Step three: When you get down to the bare bones, go shopping again and bring home all new things. Tanya says, "it'll be the perfect time to clean everything out, and label and organize too."
I really love the idea! It will help save money and waste less! And it's the perfect time to get your pantry/cupboard/fridge/etc organized for a fresh start!
I think this challenge is helpful for everyone with a fridge, haha! Tanya encourages everyone to actively participate by taking photos, sharing our extras list, and sharing recipes.
Please check out her "Pantry Challenge 2009" post for more details on how to participate and the chance to win a full year's subscription to the 'Home and Gardens' magazine!
If you are going to participate, leave a comment! We can help give each other ideas, motivation, and we can share recipes, too!
I will share my extras list and some photos in Part Two of this series, so check back soon!
Photo credit: CountryLiving.com