We are getting ready to move out of state. That means I need to start paring down my pantry and finish up all the stuff in my freezer. I am finding that in order to clean them out and use everything in there I'm having to be very creative in the kitchen when it comes to meals. This means that I'm also saving money but not being wasteful (i.e. trying to use absolutely everything up) and not going grocery shopping.
I got to thinking that this is not only a good tactic for when one is getting ready to move but living solely on what you have in your freezer, fridge and pantry can be a good exercise to save some money in any given month. Inevitably, you stock up on stuff that's on sale some weeks so there's always something lying around that you can whip up in a creative dish.
Heck, you could make it a challenge and see what any given family member can come up with with only the ingredients on hand! Whoever has the best sounding dish, gets their dish prepared for dinner that night…Better yet, make the winner prepare said dish!
Moral: Save money. Be less wasteful. Have some family fun on a boring Sunday evening.