I was talking with some people recently and was bemoaning the fact that my last shopping trip was a bit of a dud with very little that I wanted being available. During that talk I was asked what sort of food we eat for it to not be on the shelves in the shop so I said I'd make a note and let them know. This is a start of that note.
As a sometimes believer in the world being in trouble and minimal foodmiles and food from China not being the best and grow your own and processed is bad and fresh is good and free is better blah, blah, blah...and also because I am a bit of a tight bit** and I don't like spending a lot of money on anything and as we have a bit of growing space and I am mostly home...It makes sense to me to grow what we can.
Since my *bright* idea in 2009 to not buy any vegetables throughout 2010, to only eat what we grew, I have learnt a lot. I now know that I can grow what we eat, that we are not reliant on any shops to stop us from starving, we can do it ourselves. It is harder though. And not always cheaper. But I think it is better. For us anyway though it would be great if more people did the same thing.
So in starting off by growing vegetables and planting fruit trees then adding in the sustainable chook flock that I wanted we also have chicken (Rooster) dinners that we don't have to buy from any shop. Add in the few cows that are out the back...that gives us beef, or cow, to eat. Add a son that is a hunter and we get pork when we want it. We are now supplying ourselves with most of what we eat. The fresh, unprocessed stuff anyway.
There is still (too much in my opinion) stuff that we *need* to buy from a shop. Usually our local IGA but every few months I do a stockup at Woolworths in Mandurah.
Last week I was over in Mandurah and took the opurtunity to go to Woolies for a basic stockup. They didn't have Vinegar, SR flour, Powdered Milk, Well, they did have some brands but not the cheap ones that I buy and when that happens I go without until next time. Usually I have enough leftover from the last stockup to get me through until the next and if not then it's a quick trip into town to get what we want. This time, we'll see. BECAUSE...
Husband has agreed to have a no food buying month. So throughout July we will not buy any food from any shop. Which is kinda a bummer as I have very little SR flour left and I can't find the Baking powder to add to plain. I'm hoping I have enough Vinegar for the Citrus Cleaner.
Throughout July I will post about some of our meals and how I am going with the *No Buy Food* challenge.
Have you ever done a *no buy* challenge? How did you go with it? Would you consider doing one and if so why not now?
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