I spend a fair amount of money on food every week, perhaps because I eat a lot of organic or humanely-raised foods. I’m usually on the order of $80 a week, which includes some meals to share with Captain Crunch or friends.
But today, writing up a shopping list, I looked at all the food already in my cabinets, and my freezer, and got to thinking… how long could I get by on what’s already in my pantry? I have a lot of frozen fruits and soups, cans and jars of vegetables and legumes, a big ol’ bag of flour… Heck, I bet I could eat for a month without going to the store.
Well, except I don’t scurvy or osteoporosis.
So here’s the plan: I’m going to spend $80 in a month instead of in a week– enough to buy milk and produce, maybe the occasional container of yogurt, and other than that I’m going to make do with what I already have. So I’ll be posting some “Use It Up” recipes when my ingredient list demands creativity, and I’ll let you know what I’ve bought with my weekly $20, so we’re all honest here. I’m excited!
How long do you think you could go just on what on hand?