Posted by Tim Stobbs on July 2, 2010
Ok, here’s the deal. My wife and I (and two boys) agreed to do a crazy experiment of eating on just $25 for two weeks plus what we happened to have in the pantry or freezer. Initially I thought this could be easy, but I realized I’m wrong when it occurred to me that I will spend $8 just on milk (by the way I don’t know why, but milk here is CHEAP ~$1/litre). So this will take some planning to pull this off.
A couple of notes on the challenge. I had forgotten that I have agreed to a camping trip prior to doing the challenge, so I will be on vacation for about four days of it. To make up for that time we are just going to extend the start and end date of the experiment to make up that time. So all in total we started on June 28 and will end on July 17.
The first thing we did after agreeing to this was to take an inventory of what we have in the house. That way we can build a series of meals around what we have to help avoid buying more food than I need to. I won’t copy the inventory here, but we will do a post inventory to show what we bought and what I used from the pantry. Then we decided to avoid going shopping until later to ensure we REALLY need the food item in question rather than just want it.
To date we have only spent $4 on margarine which already taught me something:
Lesson #1 – When you are going very cheap you can’t afford to be picky over what brand you buy. What ever is on a good sale is what you buy. The margarine was about 50% more for the same price of our usual brand.
So far it going fine. Beyond being a little be more organized with meals I’ve personally not noticed much of a change in how we eat, but it’s only been a few days. Later on is where this will get interesting. I’ll do an update late next week.