How long CAN we go?

Since the kids are no longer in swimming lessons in Steinbach every week (when Olivia and I would get groceries while Marc and the big kids were at the pool), we’ve been trying to limit our shopping (and thus our driving) to Sundays after church, and then pick up the odd thing when we take Luke to preschool.

I had my lists ready to go when we headed out the door this past Sunday. Marc (who had gotten up at 6am to polish his sermon) was preaching so we were out the door at 9am sharp. After church we headed over to Jobina‘s place for a potluck lunch and visiting. They offered for Marc and I to go get our groceries while all the kids played together (which, just so you know, is really the kindest thing you can do for a person who lives in the country and who has little kids!), but we were having too much fun visiting. And by the time it was time to go, we were too tired to go shopping anyway.

On our way out of town Marc dropped me off at the Safeway a few blocks away from Mark and Jobina’s place and went through the Tim Horton’s drive-thru to get something for the road. When he came back 5 to 7 minutes later, there I was, waiting outside with enough groceries to get us through the week: bananas, grapes, milk, yogurt, bread, a box of cereal, and some vegetables: $27.

Pretty good, hey?

And to think, we had a big list of things we needed at Costco and another list of things from Walmart (we still have some Christmas gift certificates to use up there, so may as well use it on necessities). Now, it’s not like we don’t need those things. We do. I have NO flour in the house right now. (This will have to be remedied by Friday’s pizza/movie night.)

But. I wonder… how long can we go?

How long can we go without making a MAJOR grocery run. We’ve got enough stuff to make balanced meals. All we’ll need is to get a few more bananas and milk before the weekend. And then do we need to spend $150 on food when we finally get to Costco or Superstore?

Anyone else want to see how far they can spread their deep-freeze and pantry this month? Plan your meals based on what you have already, not plan your meals around what you’ll buy at the store?

I think I’ll give it a go another week. Besides. Just think of how many fewer calories I will consume if I don’t make a batch of cookies twice a week!

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9 Responses to How long CAN we go?

  1. Carissa says:

    Oh, I so know what you mean! And I’m super impressed that you got all that stuff in 10 minutes, for less than $30!! We can go a fair while if we can get a jug of milk and a dozen eggs every few days, but I don’t enjoy living/eating/cooking like that. Baking aside, it’s just frustrating for me to try to make a meal when I’m scrounging….but I totally get the going into town thing (and it’s only 15 min for us), and being too tired to get stuff after church or hockey or MMO…. 😉

  2. Collette says:

    I’ve done that same sort of experiment lately. it’s so easy to open the fridge, which is full, or the pantry, which is also full, and feel like there is nothing to eat. my past experimentation is based on the fact that I just can’t be bothered to go get groceries though. ha! but, also, I mean seriously: I really could live for a month on the food currently in my house. that would sure clear out all of those dusty cans at the back of my pantry. I’d have to have a rule that buying fresh veggies and milk is allowed, though. hm, interesting.

  3. Nikki says:

    I’ve got lots of flour – come on over! (And, we could probably go for a month as well – if you allow fresh milk and veggies!)

  4. I may just do that, if you don’t mind. I don’t really want to buy a tiny bag in Niverville tomorrow when I can get 5x as much for the same price when we go into the city on Sunday. I’ll return your 3 cups of flour as soon as I get my giant Costco bag. 🙂

  5. Jobina says:

    This week all I bought was milk, a cucumber, a bag of carrots and some bread. I don’tknow how long I could go. I am in need of flour and sandwich bags and bananas. I’m gonna see what I can do for meals out of my pantry and freezer.

  6. Bonnie says:

    A few years ago I gave up unnecessary spending for lent. It CHANGED our lives and of course it was a setup for how we had to change our living when Marc changed jobs. God knew it was coming and he was preparing me.

    It is the frame of mind. We think we need but we don’t..we can get buy. The pantry staples are important of course. I cannot live without flour!!!!

  7. Heather says:

    I LOVE this!! So inspiring. I always spend way too much and use the new stuff… so much in my pantry and freezer. I think I may have to do this. Thanks.

  8. Nikki says:

    Sounds good Dixie – I’ll be home almost all day tomorrow:)

  9. Nicole says:

    FYI: I would have given you some flour when you were here, but sadly I was in the same boat as you – I had nothing but dredges at the bottom of my bag. That’s a half truth, since I DID also have some gluten free flour that a friend had given me to bake some treats for her, but there was NO WAY I was going to offer that since baking with it DOES NOT turn out the same!

    That being said, I’ll tell you one thing I know there won’t be any left of by month end – those DELICIOUS cinnamon buns you made. OH MY, Dixie! Curse you – they are *so* good! I’m supposed to be losing weight now, not gaining it 😉 Thanks again SO much for those and the buns! Mm-mm good!

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