no groceries challenge redux (and redux and redux and redux…)

It’s a fresh start. Again. We’ve stocked up on staples and are prepared for the challenges of yet another (strict, again, this time) “no groceries challenge.IMG_5589

Borne out of necessity this time around (again)—food is one of the few areas where I have control of the amount we spend—we’re going to see how long we can go without going to the supermarket. The exceptions will be for fresh fruit and, eventually, fresh vegetables (after we’ve gone through all we have now). Eggs and possibly milk will likely be the first items beyond fresh fruit to get us into the supermarket.

IMG_5646This no groceries challenge started a few days ago. I got some good news that has my mood up again: my daughters told me they loooove the roasted squash seeds I included in their lunch. The delicata squash rings are a favorite of ours, and they freeze well (bonus!).

In the name of having snack-y foods for school lunches, I roasted the squash seeds like I will our jack-o-lantern pumpkin seeds. It turns out they are yummy!IMG_5647

I had been doing a modified version of the no groceries challenge since August, but I made a lot of exceptions. The up side is I mostly stuck to “only what is on my shopping list” rather than getting what seems like a good idea. This saves a lot of money and limits food waste, for sure.

After the illness and death of a pet, an unexpected car repair (following an unexpected car repair due to my backing into a telephone pole), and dental work, the savings I had built up are pretty much shot. It’s back to paycheck-to-paycheck for a while. Selling what I can, cutting corners where I can, and simply revving up those good habits I’ve started developing over these few financially-tight years.

As with the very first “no groceries challenge,” I find the act of choosing to restrict my food purchases is empowering. Rather than deprivation, I’m in a place of motivation. This one’s gonna be a good one.











4 thoughts on “no groceries challenge redux (and redux and redux and redux…)

  1. How is it that you can afford bacon, all natural at that, when you are on a strict budget? Prepackaged almond milk? Why not make it from scratch?

    • Hi! Thank you for reading. (Or viewing the picture?)

      While the bacon you see isn’t our ideal (we usually buy our meat from Wolf Pine Farm’s meat share, so we know the animals were raised and slaughtered in relatively humane ways), it’s a good example of how everyone makes choices and has priorities that are right for them. What might be right for our family (“happy meat”) might not be right for yours.

      As for almond milk, my goodness! Making my own is far too time consuming! It would most certainly would not be cost effective to make it myself. Applesauce is a different story, for example.

      Thanks, again, for reading (or looking).

      • Organic, grass fed meat WOULD be right for my family, but we can’t afford it. My priorities are to live within my means and make appreciate what I have. Making almond milk is not time consuming, I make it all the time. You simply put almonds in a blender. The store bought stuff is loaded with sugar.

        • It’s clear that you and I make different choices about what we can and can’t afford. I’m sure there are areas where I cut costs dramatically that are areas you consider “musts.”

          Making my own almond milk is without a doubt too time consuming for me. Again, you and I are making different choices based on our individual and unique life experiences and priorities.

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