Well I made it through more than 2 weeks! And we didn't even die. My oldest was a bit perturbed that we didn't have more snacks in the house, but he got over it when he rediscovered homemade milkshakes (milk, sugar, frozen fruit), and popcorn made with the hot air popper.
Meal planning played a big part, but before I could do that I had to know what I had so I took a bit of an inventory. Here's what got me through 2.5 weeks:
- 1 frozen chicken
- 6 lbs ground beef
- frozen mixed veggies
- frozen berries
- frozen leftover soup
- canned goods (beans, soups, olives)
- potatoes & onions
All in all, I figure I saved over $300 dollars over the 2.5 weeks as I only bought dairy and fresh produce instead of the usual $100-$150/week I would have spent on food. I think I'll try doing it again, maybe on a smaller scale - like a week every once in a while, just 'cause.
What kind of creative creations have you thrown together when a trip to grocery store just wasn't happening? I'd love to hear how you make your grocery dollars stretch!