4/28/08

A week without groceries


After I got back from the grocery store last week and threw some extra food in the closet for my stash, it occurred to me that it might be better to organize it a bit rather than just throwing it all on the closet floor. As my mom pointed out when she was visiting, if I don't store my food properly, a mouse could have a party in there.

So I decided that I would try to go a week without visiting the grocery store. Then I will take what we would have spent on groceries and buy some organizational stuff--plastic bins, shelves, stuff like that.

I'm excited to try this! How hard will it be to make do? I usually go to the store on Tuesday, so starting on Tuesday night, I'll be cooking without my weekly plan and menu. I will still make a menu plan, I just won't be able to get anything from the store to carry it out.

Stay tuned . . .

(Graphic made with elements from Raspberry Road)

11 comments:

  1. Great idea! I look forward to reading how this works for you!

    My friend at church goes grocery shopping once a week at 6 a.m. on Saturday morning. She's a single mom and a dr for a very busy clinic. She said that she is very strict on that rule and refuses to budge on her one trip a week. I can't do 6 am (ok, I guess I could, but that is my only day to catch a few extra winks!) but how much fuel ($$) could I save by sticking to one day of shopping.

    I don't worry about the mice (4 cats are eager for them to venture inside the house) but I'm a freak about bugs like weevils!

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  2. I think you'll find it is easier than you think. About a year ago we started going grocery shopping once a month. (My husband does stop by once mid month to pick up milk, and produce) I am amazed at how much money we have saved we are less likely to throw random items in the cart and are much more carefull not to waste food. Not to mention gas and time. I am excited to see how this works for you!

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  4. Ok, lets try this again...
    It can be fun to pick out meals only based on what you have on hand. It gets creative. :-) I cleaned up and organized my food storage closet a few weeks ago. I really want to put in some new shelving and buy some big food grade buckets to put some items in.

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  5. How awesome! We are currently "shopping" out of our pantry. We have spending almost double our food budget and spending way too much going out to eat. It doesn't help that I work outside of the home currently so we are just too tired to cook. I think with summer coming up we will be grilling out alot and we can make up salads to keep in the fridge so we can just eat off of it for a few days.

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  6. What a great idea! BTW...I made my laundy detergent yesterday and I LOVE it! I think I might get some essential oil to add to vinegar, which I am now using as my softener. I also read that vinegar helps to rinse out any left over soap and keeps white bright and darks from fading.

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  7. You've made me get excited about NOT going to the grocery store. I need to sit down and plan. I bet we can make do even more than Sunday's "scrounged" dinner.

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  8. What a great idea. We keep a well stocked pantry and I can and preserve our food from the farm as well. But still I find myself going to grocery store at least once per week if only for milk or bread. I am going to try not going to the store for a week as well!!

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  9. I also think that's a great idea. I tend to go to the store several times a week for things that come up, special requests from my husband, etc. But I would like to challenge myself to this "A week without groceries," too!

    I'll check back to see how it goes.

    Grace and Peace in Jesus to you!
    Sheila

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  10. we only go the the grocery once a week too!

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  11. This is a great idea. I may take up the challenge myself. I am learning so much from all of you wonderful ladies in the blogosphere.

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