July Pantry Challenge Update #1

Pantry Challenge



So I wanted to do a quick update on my July pantry challenge.  My goal for this month was to try and eat from what we had and to not spend over $50.00 total for groceries. So far, we’re right on track. I’m about to cook my whole chicken that I will be getting 4 meals plus lots of stock from. Do you guys know how to do that? If not, be sure to comment and let me know so that I can document it and show you! It’s great and such a money saver!


Anyhow, I did do a grocery run mid-week to HEB. Now I’m really new to shopping HEB but I’m loving it! I was able to save 57% on REAL food! I know that a lot of people think that couponing can only net you junk food but no way! This was honest to goodness healthy food that included milk! If you’re a new couponer, 57% might not seem like a lot to you, but trust me..on food alone? It’s HUGE.  You can almost always save 70%+ on non-food items, but groceries are hard to save on.


So we’re 1 week or so into the challenge and we’re on track!


Week 1: Trip to HEB –

$56.49 before coupons
$32.53 saved

Total Spent out of Grocery Budget – $23.96

Total Remaining –  $26.04


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Stacy Barr is the face and brain behind the frugal living and personal finance blog, Adventures in Coupons as well as the author of "Six Dollar Family: From Six Dollars to Six Figures". She lives in East Texas with her husband, daughter, 2 cats, and 2 rescued pups that are almost as tall as she is. Stacy loves helping others save and build a better life for themselves as she has done for herself. In her off time, she can frequently be found in front the television making fun of "B" class movies with her hubby, belting out bad karaoke with her daughter, and of course, saving every dime that she possibly can. When asked to describe herself, she will tell you that she is a "perpetual pajama lounger who occasionally writes on a blog." Stacy is very PR friendly and can be contacted by email.
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  1. Kara Smith says:

    Would love you to send me a scenario of cooking a whole chicken and then getting 3 meals from it plus stock. Please email me how u are managing this as I am getting ready to cook a whole chicken in about 2 hours. :) T.I.A. Love your blog by the way. 😀

  2. Would love that :)

  3. Yup. Just give me time to be certain that all of the recipes will work with 1 chicken. :)

  4. LOL I sure will. As soon as the chicken gets done with the first batch, I’ll snap some pics and get a post up. :)

  5. How about I post them here on the blog for you then? 😉

  6. Im an avid HEB shopper would LOVVVVEEE to see some scenarios from there. I just can’t catch on to the whole couponing thing for some reason. So since you are saving 57% (which is GREAT in my book) it would be awesome if you could email me maybe and give me a few tips 😀 LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog and facebook page, I look a few times each day to see whats going on 😀

  7. christie spaeth says:

    can you tell me how you are getting that many meals out of a whole chicken I am trying to cut back on meat in my home and still stay full

  8. Chrystal S says:

    Wow I don’t know how to make stock please share!! I like to make most of my stuff at home and would love to add this to my stock of items! I know about saving money on real food with Q’s (been couponing 2 years this month!) and I think 57% is awesome! Every little bit counts to me :) Anyway please share the stock recipe! I know I can’t be the only person that would be excited about it!

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