Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Have You Noticed?

Go to the ant, O sluggard, observe her ways and be wise, which, having no chief, officer or ruler, prepares her food in the summer and gathers her provision in the harvest.  Proverbs 6:6

Have you noticed that things are a bit different here at A Working Pantry this year?

Have you noticed that you are no longer reading about big killer deals we’ve found?

Have you noticed that you’ve been reading the phrase ‘I used what I had on hand to _____’ a lot more?

I hope you’re not disappointed but things have changed.

We no longer have the grocery budget we had to work with in 2015, it has been greatly reduced which means we just don’t have the resources to take advantage of those killer deals.  Does this mean that we have given up on shopping for deals and bargains?  Absolutely not!  But we are much more careful to use our grocery budget for killer deals on necessities and basics.

We are getting creative in substituting what we need for what we have.   In other words, there is a whole lot of ‘making do’ with what we have on hand going on at our house.

I am learning how to get ‘free groceries’ for my pantry (no, this is not a gimmick or some kind of get rich quick scheme).  After chatting with Vicky from The Vicky Challenge about a fiscal fast that her family does a couple times a year, I was inspired to use some of the tips she shared with me to add ‘free groceries’ to my pantry.  I’ll be sharing more about the ‘free groceries’ and other ‘free non-grocery items’ I was able to get and how I did it later in the month.

We are looking for new ways to stretch our smaller grocery budget all the while keeping our pantry well-stocked. 

So, you see things have changed here at A Working Pantry.  I still have a well stocked pantry and will continue to work to keep it that way.  However, out of necessity, the pantry that I have at the end of 2016 will look a bit different than the pantry I started out with in 2016. 

I’m excited and have accepted the challenge of keeping it well-stocked while eating out of it almost exclusively every day.  

It’s going to be an adventurous year!  

I can do this and so can you if you're in a similar situation ... I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!

She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

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