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Good news…here’s a way you can save money at the grocery store – skip grocery shopping this week!

Bad news…you’re going to clean out and organize your pantry, refrigerator and freezer!

Consider this a challenge. As you clean out and organize your pantry, refrigerator and freezer…write down meal ideas using the items you have. Be creative!

Tips for Pantry Cleaning & Organizing:

  1. Tackle one shelf at a time – empty the shelf and make 3 piles (throw away, food pantry, save). Next, wipe down the shelf.

  2. Throw away any items that have expired.

  3. If you find an item, and you’re just not sure what to cook with it…do a google search for recipes using ________. With the click of a mouse you’ll have more recipe ideas than you could possibly use! I just found a jar of baby food peaches that I bought for a recipe, but then decided the recipe was way too much work. When I did a google search for recipes using baby food peaches, 350,000 results popped up!

  4. If you find an item that you have no desire to ever use or you have way too many of…make a food pantry pile, so you’ll be ready for the next canned food drive.

  5. Give each shelf a “theme”. Suggestions: snacks, breakfast, baking, canned goods, starches, spices and flavorings.


    pantry organizing

    the baking shelf and the breakfast shelf


  6. Space saving tip #1: Use inexpensive plastic Lazy Susans to store spices & flavorings. Go an extra step and alphabetize your spices.


    pantry organizing with lazy susans

    organize spices and flavorings with inexpensive lazy susans


  7. Space saving tip #2: Use a bucket to store prepackaged lunch box snacks like granola bars, peanut butter crackers, chips and fruit snacks.


    pantry organizing snacks

    bucket of snacks


  8. Space saving tip #3: Make a basket of cookie and cake decorations like sprinkles, food coloring and birthday candles!

Tips for Refrigerator and Freezer Cleaning and Organizing:

  1. Tackle one shelf at a time.

  2. Throw away expired items.

  3. Wipe down each shelf.

  4. Many refrigerators and freezer already have labeled compartments which make for instant organization!

  5. Consider making a leftover shelf in the refrigerator, so everyone in the family will know where to look for a quick meal.

  6. Group similar items together in the door shelves – salad dressings, condiments, assorted pickles and peppers, etc.

So, what do you think…was it worth taking a week off from grocery shopping to save money and get organized?

Please click on the title of this article to let me know how many meals you created with your pantry, refrigerator and freezer cleaning project!

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