Spring Cleaning on the Penny Pantry Blog, Part III

Spring Cleaning on the Penny Pantry Blog, Part III

Answering Questions

As spring cleaning continues, I thought I would offer a bit more information about the Penny Pantry blog and my new blog structure that I laid out in Part II and why I chose a blogging schedule. 

Each day of the week, I chose a theme or subject about which to blog about.  I hope to have the schedule posted permanently to the front page as soon as I work out all the little tweaks and squeaks over the next couple of weeks.  If you have any feedback…please let me know! 

First of all, why does a blog need structure and a schedule anyway?

You really do not need a structure or schedule for your blog if you don’t want to.  However, for me as a mom blogger, I’ve learned a lot about myself since I started blogging in 2005!  (Blogging on Penny Pantry a few months and on our family farming blog, Vaughnshire for years!) With my busy life, structure helps me stay on track. 

I am first a wife and mother who sees my family as my primary focus. On the side, I love to write.  Blogging is an outflow of my writing which I find refreshing.  Because of the busy stage of life I am in with a farm and a large family, I find it much easier to put a structured schedule around my blog so that it simplifies my blogging.  It’s sorta like making a meal plan.  If you have your meals planned out at the beginning of the week, you don’t get to Wednesday stressing over what’s for supper! 

What are some benefits to having a blogging schedule?

  1. I am hoping to reap several benefits to having a blogging schedule.  First, like a meal plan, a blogging schedule alleviates the “what do I write about today” writing block.  At least with a blogging plan, I have a topic or subject. 
  2. Next, it saves time in that I am able to pre-schedule blog posts days or weeks in advance if I want.  For instance, I may have some great blog fodder on Monday for my topic on Thursday.  I can write about it on Monday and schedule it to post on Thursday. 
  3. Having a blog schedule just defines my space a bit more than random posting. 
  4. Check out my blog schedule here.

Why did you expand your topic and subject matter beyond just a coupon grocery savings blog?

  1. I want a real variety of usable, tangible information that will help my readers drastically cut their grocery bills, build a sustainable pantry, help them manage their homes better and encourage life skills that modern homemakers have lost.  Coupons can help cut the grocery bill in the immediate, but they are not the end all to pantry building and saving money on the grocery bill.  Coupons are a great transition for homemakers stuck in the groove of immediate need buying at retail prices.  (If you’re at that stage, you can check out the coupon ebook I wrote about using couponing to build a pantry and save money.)  Bulk buying is also a way to drastically cut your bill while offering many times a healthier food product for lower prices.  Gardening and canning can save so much more money in the long run and are lifelong skills a homemaker can use in a variety of areas (rural or city), situations and stages in life.  Incorporating from scratch recipes, bulk cooking or once a month cooking are also ways to save money on the grocery bill. 
  2. I enjoy finding many different ways to cut spending and save money. 
  3. My personal passion is to recapture those old fashioned arts that our great grandmothers used and practiced to build sustainable working homes and healthy, abundant pantries. 

So there you have a bit broader picture of the Penny Pantry blog structure or blogging schedule.  I am pregnant with my 9th baby, so I’m really encouraging myself with my new leap into blog scheduling.  I think it will benefit my readership as well as my busy life schedule ;-)  

Spring Cleaning on the Penny Pantry Blog, Part I

Spring Cleaning on the Penny Pantry Blog, Part I. 

I’ve been blogging on Penny Pantry for several months now…and enjoying it so much!  I’ve been tweaking and changing and developing this blog trying to learn its personality. 

My original thoughts for Penny Pantry were to have a blog where I posted the latest, greatest deals at the grocery store as well as tips and ideas on building your pantry for pennies.  I’ve run into a few problems with that.  First, grocery couponing deals are only a small component of pantry building.   Second, grocery sales and deals are regional and are ever changing which drastically reduces my audience when I am posting all about grocery deals to readers who do not live anywhere near me.  Third, I know a lot of money saving grocery bloggers who are literally on the computer blogging, or on twitter or facebook all day long every week!   That’s not good or enjoyable with all the other duties I have as a homemaker! 

While couponing can drastically cut your grocery bill and be an especially helpful tool in helping you build a very large pantry, it isn’t by any means the end all to frugal homemaking or pantry building.  There are many other profitable ways to build a pantry while drastically cut your grocery bill.   Which brings me to this next point……

More and more modern homemakers are wanting to learn more about how to get out of the rat race and become more self sufficient. Homemakers are wanting to learn how to mangae their homes, kitchens and pantries with out the extreme dependence on that “stuff-mart” store being open 24 /7!  Modern homemakers have lost so much and Penny Pantry is all about rediscovering some of those lost arts and skills that homemakers generations ago knew and practiced.  I’m really interested in focusing a large portion of Penny Pantry to old fashioned pantry building.  (and I’ll tell you exactly why in a post coming up!)

Next, stay tuned for Spring Cleaning on the Penny Pantry Blog, Part II and Part III

Investing in the Home Pantry With a Pantry Tithe

You may be wondering, “What exactly is a pantry tithe?”.  Well, a pantry tithe is another great way to build your home pantry strategically.  You could call it “pantry investing”.  A pantry tithe is where you take a portion of your weekly budget and allot to purchasing a group of items just for your pantry.  These items are reserved for the pantry so you can’t use them that week in your meal planning!   

For example, since we have  a large family, I am buying 10 additional items  for a goal of under $10 each week specifically for my pantry tithe.  One week it may be 10 cans of black beans, another week it may be 10 cans of pineapple or 10 cans of tomatoes or 10 cans of corn.  My pantry tithe may seem like  a large additional purchase, but with 10 people in the family, we could decimate those 10 cans pretty quickly.  Most times, you can find a great sale to use for your pantry investing purchases so it is little money extra out of pocket.  By having these items specifically for pantry storage and me not using them for my meals that week, it is allowing me to build my basic pantry stock. 

You may set up your pantry tithe differently.  You can put your own amount and cost on it.  The neat thing about the pantry tithe is it is specifically and on purpose investing into your home pantry apart from your weekly grocery needs. 

You can also strategically plan your pantry tithe so that you are investing in pantry items that will complete a certain amount of meals by the end of a certain amount of weeks.  For example, you could set your pantry tithe goal to be buying extra items each week that could make a extra meal in a pinch.  You may choose to get all the items for burritos or chicken enchiladas or chili for the purpose of building a supply of “emergency” meals for unexpected visitors or bad weather days. 

The goal with the pantry tithe is that you are not just thinking about “this weeks meals”, but that you are thinking about strategically investing in your home pantry.  Investing into your home pantry will pay off huge returns!  I don’t know about you, but my family is always getting hungry and they appreciate having food in the house!

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