Grocery shopping challange

This is just some of the pantry items on hand, the grains are in 5 gallon buckets, and the canned produce from last year’s garden is in another pantry in our basement.

I am more than a little embarrassed by the amount of food I have on hand in my house when I think about all the people in the world that are starving. I am making a grocery challenge. This is something that I have been wanting to do for over a year now, but I am finally taking the plunge! I am going to see how long I can go without purchasing food from the store. Now I am not taking into account my hubby’s tv dinners for work. He is a very picky eater so I will not push this off on him. Also not included will be the milk that I get from my milkman. The milk comes every week because of my milk share which is paid for at the beginning of every month.
I went to the store this week to purchase some produce, that will hopefully help us through. Although no meat has been purchased since last week. So it will be interesting to see how far this can go. The below is a rough estimate of what I have on hand.
In my freezer I have: 1lb ground beef, 1 chuck roast, 1 flank steak, 1 soup hen, 2 tuna steaks,chicken breasts, lots of green beans, spinach, carrots, peas, fruit, nuts, etc.
In the fridge : turkey kielbasa, sun-dried tomato chicken sausages, hotdogs, eggs, turkey bacon, cheese, a wide variety of condiments, applesauce, chicken stock, broccoli, carrots, celery, apples, pears, avocados.
In the pantry: whole oat groats, spelt, hard white wheat, hard red wheat, pastry wheat, rice, beans, lentils, pasta, canned tomatoes, greens beans, pasta sauce, coconut milk, sugar, stevia, onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes, rolled oats, coffee, tea, cereal, raisins, cranberries, honey, olive oil, palm oil, coconut oil, macoroni & cheese, powdered sugar, coconut flour, millet, quinoa, corn, olives, ancho chiles, applesauce, crackers, baby puffs, baby cereal.

I am sure I have forgotten some of what I have in storage, but this is what I have to the best of my knowledge. I have yet to determine if I will include baby food in the challenge as well or not. The challenge is going to be a test of my frugality, my creativity, and force me to look into portion sizes. It will be interesting to see how long I can last. I’m hoping to last at least 2 weeks. I will be extremely happy if I can make it the whole month. Yet with hosting a playdate and a bible study this week, I’m not sure I will make it a whole month. I shudder to think of how large my grocery bill will be when I finally do go to the store again. How long have you gone in between shopping trips? Do you have any tips on how to make things stretch?

Today: breakfast- cereal w/milk
lunch- leftovers from the Superbowl party & carrot sticks,
dinner- spanish rice w/ 1/2 keilbasa, beans, & spinach.
baby- oatmeal w/applesauce, homemade baby food-acorn squash, peas, & chicken, dinner- carrots & rice

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One thought on “Grocery shopping challange

  1. Ok here’s the update. I needed to buy more produce this week. We ran out of most of the fresh stuff, and I needed more squash for babyfood.

    I bought the following:
    lettuce
    acorn sqaush
    scallions
    red onion
    feta cheese
    oranges

    Not too shabby….no meat,grains, etc.

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