The New Challenge

This blog began with the SNAP challenge in which my husband and I could only spend a total of $60 on food for a week.  I’ve had lots of interesting discussions with friends, family, colleagues, readers, and college students about the challenge and what we learned.

I’ve allowed the husband some time to recover, and we’re now ready for the next challenge.  This one is a little different, though.  The challenge is actually prompted by an upcoming life change–we’re moving!  We have a month to pack up all of our belongings, and we’d like that to NOT include lots of extra food!  We’ve all been there, right? It’s moving day and you have to decide what to do with a fridge full of food and you’re packing up boxes of pasta and cans of beans and a bottle of molasses.  NOT THIS TIME!

So here are my rules.

1. Every meal must include something that we already have in our kitchen right now.

2. We will only spend up to $20 on additional groceries each week at the store and up to $20 at the farmers’ market to help get eggs, almond milk, and fresh produce to complete our meals.

To fess up to where we are beginning, I have photographed all of the food in our kitchen!  This also forced me to clean out the fridge and wipe the shelves, which really needed to be done.  Here it is, in it’s glory:


11 comments on “The New Challenge”
  1. Tammy says:

    Fun. I need to do the same thing just to clean out!

    1. marianhd says:

      Thanks! I know, I feel like I need to do this at least once a year. Forces me to use that jar of olives!

  2. Naina says:

    Don’t forget the grape leaves! I don’t see them in this picture.

    1. marianhd says:

      Ummm…what grape leaves? I don’t know what you mean?

  3. B says:

    Love it! Also, if you need any condiments (BBQ sauce or salad dressing) to really kick up your meals or the challenge, you know where to look!

    1. marianhd says:

      I’ve got plenty to get rid of myself! Knowing that you guys would definitely NOT be interested in adopting more was part of the incentive for the challenge. We gotta use it all or we won’t have anywhere to go with it all! 🙂

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