Tuesday, July 31, 2012

End of No Buy Food Challange

The month of not buying any food is over and I think the husband will be glad for it.  Me, I'm not too fussed and could happily go without buying anything for another couple of months... if I had to and if I allowed some hot chips on outings. 

If we needed to, like if suddenly we had no money and he lost his job, we could still eat pretty good for a long time.   There would be things that we wanted but we wouldn't go hungry at all.

There are a couple of things we have run out of and some things are getting low but we don't have have any shopping trips planned for anytime soon.  There is maybe a dozen things on the shopping list and once they are bought then we'd be right to go for another few months...But we wont! 

We didn't really need anything over the month though cheese would have been nice and SR flour would have been handy.  We ate quite a bit from the freezer but a lot was added back...so there is not much more room than when we started.  The fridge has plenty of food in it still and the big pot of stew that the husband made today hasn't made much of a dent in the vegetables even though he added heaps.   

I just asked husband if he has missed anything over the last month, thinking that he'd say chips and cooldrink.   Hmmm...It seems it was a lot harder for him than me and I was surprised but probably shouldn't be that he has a long list of stuff that he went without because I wanted to do this so I thank him for that.    It looks like it is easier for people who aren't that fussed about eating crap than for the ones that have it every week or whenever they want.   Another good reason I think to learn to like and want homegrown unprocessed food.   There probably wont be much crappy food around when the zombies get here so I think it would be a good idea to see how you would go without buying any food for a bit though I know things are easier when the choice is there and you know it is only for a short time and not forever.

I'm glad we did this and though we did end up buying hot chips a couple of times while we were away I'm still happy with how we went.


  1. Well done Barb. I'd like to try this myself but I need to buy milk as I like drinking milk and powdered just wouldn't cut it for me. I have a massive stockpile as well so I could easily do it except for the milk.

  2. Hi Barb, I'm so impressed with your no buy challenges ..I really wish our garden looked like yours ..you are so lucky not to have all the wild life eat your garden...like we have ....
    Sherrie from Simpleliving :)

  3. Well done Barb....something to be certainly proud of....seriously need to get my head screwed back on right and get my act together and start planning here....start with the basics and work out what is going to go where....get it happening...yep I've said it before and I seem to not get anywhere but that has to stop...start off small with the food, clear out where a few herbs are, weed and dig out....put a few more herbs in there (have some in pots already)....start thinking

  4. Barb,
    That's great! I am glad you added that "it's easier when the choice is there." You have worked hard to have a great garden. A husband who cooks is a plus!

  5. Thanks Everyone for your lovely comments, I really appreciate them.

    Deb, I made up my rules you make up yours! If milk is the only thing you buy in a month then that is good.

    Sherrie, the kangaroos and possums are so cute though...And emus...my daughter is having the same problem.

    Katrina, Hi, have you started yet? lol. Basics is the best place to start.

    Linda, Yes, he has his moments. We're lucky we live where we are able to grow food. That does make things a lot easier for the challenges I pick.

    Maybe I need something harder to try...Like craftwork. I want to do that but keep putting it off...And I know someone that will help...Thinking, thinking...