I spotted this idea on the web – Pantry Challenge – so from January 1-31, 2010, the challenge is to attempt to avoid grocery shopping as much as possible and will be blogging what we’re feeding our families, creative recipes we’re concocting, and how we’re pulling this whole thing off. The “We” being MoneySavingMom and FishMama.
I am so curious about this idea. I think I could do it, I really do – Crystal’s goals are simple: (straight from her blog)
“Now, let me say right upfront that I am not going to completely avoid buying any groceries for a month. We like to have fresh eggs, milk, and produce, so I plan to buy those at least three times during the month.” And then she goes on to post the goals for her family.
I think this would be so interesting to try. Maybe I could do it as a lurker? If I were to do it, and really commit to it, I would love to give myself / this home the following goals:
1) Stop at the store a maximum of three times in January.
2) Spend a total of $150 or less on groceries during the month of January.
3) Make more (so, buy less) bread / treats that could be for breakfast or snacks.
Off the top of my head I made a list and I’ve got 10 go-to-meals, ingredients are already in my pantry / fridge. I’ve tried menu planning for the month of December:
You can see there are many rearrangements (lucky for me hubby doesn’t mind Annies Mac & Cheese in the middle of the week). Due to life, toddler tantrums, my own personal whims. Thursday’s are crossed out because I go off knitting then. On the weekends usually hubby cooks.
I’ve got the tools:
How To Cook Everything (AKA Bittman Bible – I love this book – had it out on near permanent renewal from the library and now have my own copy!), 6 o’clock Scramble, Make It Fast, Cook it Slow (another Christmas Gift – I haven’t given up on my slow cooker!), 30 minute meals from Better Homes and Gardens, and a cookbook that was a hospital fundraiser but has been used in my family forever!
We’ve got a decent stockpile of food, and I try to shop the deals and use coupons, but it’s tricky with a little one. Sometimes she’s great in the store – will take her time eating the treat, will walk next to the cart. This week – she finished the donut before we were even out of the produce aisle. She was walking away from me. Oy.