Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Because I have nothing else to do, why not challenge myself?

The other day I was blog-stalking and blog-hopping, and I stumbled across one that caught my eye, and got my gears a-turnin'.  She was talking about being on day number four of her three month "no shopping" challenge.  In case you didn't catch that, THREE MONTHS...NO....SHOPPING!!  Just staying home, enjoying being at home. (If you don't believe me, you can go here to read about it) 

Like I said, it made me question myself - am I stupid enough willing to challenge myself to the same thing, on a smaller scale?  Could I do, say, one month?  Last year I did an Eat From The Pantry Challenge.  This would kinda be like that, right?  Sorta, I suppose, just a larger scale.  Most importantly, am I (or maybe better worded "could I be") disciplined enough to stick with it?

In her blog, she mentions it taking her two months to plan and prepare for it.  I'm giving myself two weeks, and here is how I figure I could do it in such a short amount of time. 
1. I'm out of my mind. 
1. David is away at school, so meals around here are about as basic as they can get...oatmeal, grilled cheese, mac and cheese, tomato soup, etc, all based on what we have here at the house and not a lot of ingredients being used. 
2. Pay day was last week, and I haven't gone grocery shopping yet.  Translation: I still have all my grocery money for the rest of the month. 
3. I have a relatively stocked freezer.  I have 3 hams, 4 turkeys, 2 whole chickens, a bunch of ground beef and sausage to name some of the meat.  There are also frozen veggies in there.
4. The pantry is fairly well stocked too.  I'll need some stuff, but not a lot when you look at the big picture.
5. I bake my own breads, as well as making snacks like granola bars.
6. We are well stocked in the "health and hygiene" department - everyone has shower soap, shampoo, deodorant, plenty of Q-Tips, etc.
7. The dog has food.

There are more reasons than that, but it gives you an idea why I think I can throw this together in two weeks.  I have decided that I will shop for milk, eggs, bananas and apples here at our wonderfully convenient, extremely overly priced local grocery store.  It will keep me from going off the hill.  And maybe David can swing by Winco and grab those things if he isn't on the bike.  Who knows, we'll play that part by ear.

I already have the menu planned out for the month, based on what I have on hand.  If I don't already have everything on hand, then I'm only missing one, maybe two things.  I'm also close to hammering out the grocery list.  It still needs some tweaking, but it's close.  I plan to actually do the shopping  at the very end of the month.  That way, any dairy or fresh produce needed will be fresh, and those meals will be at the beginning of the month. 

My girlfriend asked me if this would actually be saving me money, meaning wouldn't I have to spend more now to get ready to not spend at all.  My answer to her was this, "I have the grocery money for the rest of this month.  I'll have to stay under that amount to get ready for next month.  Therefore, I'm not spending any more than what I have."  Simple, right?  And what do I hope to accomplish from this?  Save money on gas... No splurge purchases... Just enjoy what I have... Enjoy my family...

I'll let you know how this goes - keep your fingers crossed for me!!

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