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War on Debt: Eating from Our Pantry

Hi there! If you’re new here, welcome! Take a look around and check out some of my recipes; some favorites are Slow Cooker Potato Soup and Air-fried Eggplant Parmesan. My husband and I are plugging into a system called War on Debt from Dani Johnson. We are working on improving our budget and finding the fat in the budget so we can pay off debt to live debt free. Our first step is eating what we have in our pantry instead of going out and buying new week after week.

So many people feel like they need to stock up and stock up and soon our pantries are overflowing with expired food. When we got home from First Steps to Success last week, the first thing I did was inventory my refrigerators, chest freezer, and pantry. I wanted to be sure we are buying the least amount of food from the store as possible right now to turn that money into money I can pay off debt with. Once I’m debt free, if I want a pantry full of food to make me feel better, I will go out and do that.

When I sit down to menu plan, the first thing I do is grab my inventory sheets from our refrigerators, freezer, and pantry. I sit down and write out what activities we have each night on my menu sheet so I know if I have time to make a quick or long cooking meal. I update my inventory sheets and then make sure I’m planning my menu off of what we have on hand.

Should I need to pick up a few things at the store I will add it to my Wunderlist program which syncs with an app on my phone so that I can see the list while in the store. I’m adding basics that we use a lot in our home: eggs, bread, cream, fruits and vegetables. All the rest will come from what we have in the house.

Once I’m done planning I will put my week plan up on the fridge for everyone to see so they follow the plan as well. I hang up all my inventory sheets where they go so that once something is used up it gets marked off the sheet. That way when I sit down to menu plan I know exactly what’s on hand. Menu planning took me no more than 10 minutes today because I knew what I had to work with and I’m committed to this plan.

If you’re interested in learning more about War on Debt, please join me in my Facebook Group. What kind of steps do you take in your home to save money and live debt free?

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About Paula

Paula Krueger considers herself a "baby "chef, not because she cooks for babies, but because she's still learning how to cook. She started this blog after taking Wilton method classes and at that point was more interested in baking. She's since become more interested in learning to cook as her family has grown. She also covers product reviews and travel as well.