Spring Cleaning on the Penny Pantry Blog, Part II

Spring Cleaning on the Penny Pantry Blog, Part II. 

I’m going to try implementing  a weekly structure here on Penny Pantry and see what you think.  Here’s my basic outline….I’m still tweaking and thinking so as the weeks go by, I’m sure this will develop further. 

It use to be very common for housewives to lay out their week according to tasks they would be working on and accomplishing that day.  A housewife might break her week down into something like this:

Monday: Wash Day
Tuesday: Ironing Day
Wednesday: Sewing Day
Thursday: Market Day
Friday: Cleaning Day
Saturday: Baking Day
Sunday: Day of Rest

So being the housewife, mom blogger that I am who is learning how to thrive on structure, I’m challenging myself with a new blog schedule or blog structure.  It’s kind of like making a weekly meal plan for you blog!

Monday: Meal plan Monday.  Meal planning tips, ideas, short-cuts. Meal planning not only saves time and energy, but it also helps keep costs down.  Meal planning prevents last minute splurges because of lack of time or lack of food in the house.  Meal planning also reduces stress and frustration about “what’s for supper”. 

Tuesday: Grocery deals for the week or links to other grocery deal websites who have detailed information about interesting grocery deals.  Couponing helped me build a large pantry, cut my grocery bill and became the vehicle to help me transition over to a more self-sufficient lifestyle.  For those just starting out and having limited options, I’ll be posting possible deals, printable coupons, coupon savings ideas or how to coupon. 

Wednesday:  The old fashioned pantry with Grandmother’s pantry ideas.  Canning, gardening and other ideas from Grandmother about how to build a large workable pantry for pennies.  Grandmother’s old fashioned pantry ideas are not only sustainable and healthy, but provide the greatest savings of all.  These are lots arts that need to be recaptured!

Thursday:  Recipes, bulk cooking, freezer cooking planning, ideas and tips.  I’ll mainly be focusing on from scratch recipes and recipes to make items commonly bought at the store (ketchup, barbeque sauce, taco seasoning, spaghetti seasoning and the like).  From time to time,  I’ll post some of our bulk cooking and freezer cooking recipes and once a month cooking recipes, plans and ideas.

Friday:  Frugal Friday with pantry stockpile pictures, grocery savings pictures, pantry tithe.  Also includes frugal homemaking and pantry organization ideas.  I’m also interested in highlighting other homemaking blogs and their ideas on frugality, pantry building organization and ideas, stockpile pictures, recipes and the like.  If you’d like to write a guest post or just send me a picture of your pantry or your latest canning or gardening project, let me know!


If you missed it, Spring Cleaning Part 1 is the introduction and Spring Cleaning Part III is answering questions about implementing a blogging schedule. 

Building Your Pantry Using Ruth Stout’s Gardening Method

I ran across Ruth Stout last year when a friend of mine (Thanks, Sherry) apologizing gave me a video about Ruth Stout.  I say apologizing because Ruth Stout was a bit quirky and odd in some of her thinking and practices.  Despite that fact, there is a wealth of gardening knowledge that one can gain from her.  Ruth Stout was an amazing organic gardener that taught organic mulch method gardening.  She claimed it was the No Dig/No Work organic gardening method that produced a good garden, good soil and no weeds. 

After using her mulch gardening method last year, I have to say that I am sold on hay mulch gardening.  We didn’t spend hours and hours of back breaking work weeding the garden last year.  We also hardly watered our garden all summer long.  The mulch kept the ground moist and the weeds a bay.  The weeds that did spring up were easily covered up with more mulch or pulled up easily because they were unable to develop deep roots. 

If you are serious about stocking your pantry, gardening can be the most effective, most inexpensive way to build a pantry.  Women use to take seriously the job of pantry building and didn’t have the 24 hour Stuff-Mart available to purchase all their food.  How did they do it?  They were skilled homemakers who knew the arts and skills of building a home pantry though gardening and preserving the food they grew. 

The hay mulch gardening method has been a very successful gardening method that has helped me turn my garden into something useful and productive for my home pantry. 

Here are a few interesting articles on her:

Ruth Stout System

Ruth Stout, The No-Dig Dutchess

You can watch the Ruth Stout gardening video called Ruth Stout’s Garden on You Tube here!  It is a 3 part series. 

Welcome to the Penny Pantry blog

Welcome to the Penny Pantry blog.  This blog is my journey to spending less and stocking more.  I have been learning how to build a useful pantry while saving money.  Lots of moms are looking for ways to drastically cut their grocery bill in our current depressed economy.  Many moms would love to have a stocked pantry, overflowing, filled to the brim with all sorts of food and household staple items.  But just exactly how do you build a great pantry?  A pantry that could weather a storm, feed an army or be ready for any and all situations to arise.  A pantry that you didn’t pay retail price for.  A pantry that you paid pennies for.

With a few tips and ideas and some encouragement, you can build a really great pantry.  When I was starting to learn about how to save money on groceries and build a pantry, I really loved looking at other mom’s pictures of their stockpile of food and household supplies that they paid pennies for.  It amazed me that someone could bring home 20 bags of groceries for $15.  More amazing than that, was that many times these women were bringing home free food and household supplies!  Who ever heard of such things!  I quickly learned what I could from these women and went on to figure out how to super size my savings and stock a pantry for my family all the while literally saving thousands of dollars.

I hope you can gain a wealth of money saving information here and be encouraged to build your own pantry for less!  I will be posting a lot of my past grocery deals for some encouragement along with lots of new “how to” information.

Check out my new e-book called The Penny Pantry.  It will be for sale here on the blog shortly, but I’ll leave you with part of the introduction.

It wasn’t too long ago that the average housewife took great care to build her pantry.  She thoughtfully considered her family size, likes and dislikes as well as nutritional values of different foods and built her family a pantry with a variety of foods and supplies that would aid her in her job of preparing meals for her family.

In a culture dependent on the 24 hour stuff-mart, building a large pantry may be  considered Grandma’s old fashion idea.  Building a home pantry is a lost art that many women would love to rediscover!  I rediscovered Grandma’s pantry idea and am hooked on the idea of building my own pantry store within my 4 walls.  There is such a deep and gratifying satisfaction when a woman has a pantry filled with food for her family.  A woman that has a stocked pantry is a free woman.  She is not subject to want or need because of lack of preparation.  She isn’t stressed because there is no food in the house nor is she dependent on the grocery store to being open every hour or day.  A woman who focuses on building a pantry can rest in the fact that her managerial skills in building a pantry will benefit her and her family by not only saving large amounts of money, but offering great peace of mind.

Beautiful country style pantry from Country Living

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat