Today one of the stand alone drawer units we are using in our crappy kitchen broke – beyond repair.
We took the opportunity to replace both the drawers and our too tiny food cupboard with a new pantry.
When I was unloading our narrow dark little cupboard, I was surprised at how much food it was hiding in it’s dark recesses. We now have loads of space and we’re one step closer to having a relatively functional kitchen.
To give you an update our kitchen has never been renovated in it’s 62 year old life. I’ve bemoaned the state of it before, but we won’t be doing it up for years and the current kitchen is likely to become a bedroom, so no point investing too much in it. I will be painting the cupboards sometime soon because the current paint job is woeful.
Anyway, I launched Crash Ca$h last week with an awesome way to save hundreds of dollars on health insurance. One reader has already secured $1341 for her back pocket! My next crash test in this challenge is to save money on food and tonight I stumbled across the $21 dollar challenge on the website Simple Savings which was recommended to me by Crash Test Community member Vicky
It’s about eating what you already have in your pantry, fridge and freezer and spending only $21 on other food for a week (not every week!). Apparently the average family spends around $320 per week on food, so by doing this challenge one week in the month, you could save $3600 a year on food!
Eating from your pantry was a common tip given by members of the Crash Test Community when I put the call out on how to save money after we ran out of it recently!
We didn’t get a chance to do our usual market and grocery shop this weekend, and it’s the last week before payday, so what better time to crash test the $21 challenge!
We usually spend between $200-250 a week on groceries and the odd takeout (maybe more, I haven’t worked it out exactly because we don’t budget!) Anyway, we could certainly do with learning how cheaply we could eat if we were more mindful about it.
By the end of today (Monday) I’ll have done a meal plan based on what we have in stock. Tomorrow I’ll post a photo of my $21 grocery shop! Throughout the week we will post photos of our meals on FB and Instagram and Twitter using the hashtags #crashcash and #21dollarchallenge.
Have you done the $21 Challenge before? Do you want to join me in doing it this week? Let me know in the comments below :)