“Can We Last a Month” is a Series Where we Pick a Different “Challenge” each month and then report back on our success at achieving it. For February 2011, our challenge is to “forage” for food in our own apartment. That’s right, we’re going to get back to our hunter and gatherer instincts and attempt to eat only what is already in our apartment. No grocery shopping. No restaurants or fast food. No Fun. (Well, hopefully some fun).
We will be detailing how much weight we lose, our thoughts on the process, and how much money we save, if any. We invite you to join along: how else are those 13 cans of string green beans that have been accumulating since early 2009 in the back of your pantry ever going to get eaten. Also, we pledge to donate 1/4 of any savings towards purchasing food for a food bank or some other food charity of the sort.
Day 1 – January 29, 2011
Earlier today we went grocery shopping for the last time. We normally spend $120.00 per week in groceries, which is kind of a lot since we eat out more than we should as well. (And we don’t have any children). The high cost of our food is really affecting our budget, and that is a big reason why we are going to try and go a month without eating food already inside our apartment. Today we spent over $200.00 on our “final” grocery shopping trip. It must have been the subconscious part of our brains worrying about future starvation. We tried to focus on groceries that would not go bad, such as frozen foods.
It will be tough a week or two from now when we are out of milk, bread, eggs, (fill in other “a snow storm is coming lets go to the grocery store and get X food” here). I even bought a different % milk than normal because it had a sell by date two days later than the type of milk we prefer.
We figure that since we normally spend $480.00+ in groceries each month plus $150.00 per month eating out on average, that if we are successful we should be able to save about $400.00 in food expenses this month. Also, we know that our “battles with the bulge” have everything to do with eating out. We rarely bring bad food into our house, but we often find ourselves susceptible to the temptation of consuming unhealthy foods when we eat out at restaurants or while at work. It is time to become b/f/f’s with Mr. Brown-Bag.
Mr. BrokeProfessional: I am a sucker for a) competition; and b) attempts at self-improvement. I have been very disgusted with myself for putting back on 15 pounds. (I lost over 100 pounds naturally after college and have, until recently kept all of it off for years. See post about my prior weight struggles, here). I am excited about the possibility of trimming our wallets and my waste-line at the same time. My mindset is I am just going to pretend I am on a really lame version of the show Survivor.
Sophie our Dog: “I sure hope those two idiots stocked up on dog treats.”
Mrs. Broke Professional 8:00 p.m. – “Do we really have to show pictures of our fridge? Ok…fine….then your cleaning it.”
Mrs. Broke Professional 10:00 p.m. “I am really looking forward to creating new meals each day and coming up with edible options from the depleted cabinet supply as the days go on. As I typically prepare the meals I am a little less gung-ho than my husband and a little more skeptical about us making it a month…but I hope we can save some money and give a little back to those who are less fortunate. So.., bring it on!”
My Grandmother – “That doesn’t sound so tough. You want to try something tough…do it for a decade!” (Ed. Note: Wow…those Great Depression Survivors are Saucy.)
My Mother – “When your father and I first bought our house we lived off of nothing but spatini for years. It builds character.” (Ed. Note: What is Spatini? Is it like my parent’s generation’s version of Ramen Noodles? Ed. Note2: Wow…..my parents really are starting to get old, their starting to sound a little like my grandmother)
Mrs. Broke Professionals Mother – “Just come over our place for dinner.” (Ed. Note3 – Ok….so now we know where my wife gets her “cheating during boardgames” genes from.)
So, do you think we can do it? Has anyone else ever tried foraging in their own home? Take a look at our full food supplies in the photos below (we will be showing updated photos along the way so you can see our decreased quality of life) and wish us luck.
*Note: We are starting it today, the 29th so we can go a full month since February is such a short month*