My Mirror Online article: Eating out of the cupboard cut my bills by 40%


Bare fridge after the store cupboard challenge


Plus distinctly emptier cupboards


I did manage to do some writing over the summer, including an article for the Mirror Online about the store cupboard challenge I completed during July.

I spent a month eating the contents of my kitchen cupboards, fridge and freezer, and cut back on extra food shopping. I thought we might save some money, but even I was surprised what a difference it made to our food costs.

With additional help from some supermarket vouchers, it slashed our bills for a family of four from £67 to £40 a week, saving a whopping 40%.

Quite apart from any financial benefits, I now feel distinctly less guilty opening my cupboards, without so many odds and ends that I really should get round to using. I also cleared loads of space for food we actually like to eat.

Anyway, if you’d like to read my summary of what worked for me (and what didn’t), including my top 5 favourite meals during the store cupboard challenge, you can find the article here.

This is the full link if you’d rather copy and paste:


If you’d be fascinated to read more details, the relevant blog posts run from May 31 through to July 6.


Anyone else tempted to clear their cupboards, before buying yet more food?

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