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Friday, July 1, 2011

July Provident Living Challenge

Do one of these by the August evening Relief Society meeting and get a prize!
A.  Buy a shelf-stable three month supply of everything for a soup lunch.
Have soup for lunch, and include any additions such as crackers or croutons that you normally eat with soup.  Think of shelf stable items such as bottled juice or boxes of jello  or pudding to go with the meal.
Determine how much you need to feed your family for one meal.
Then buy all the ingredients for 13 meals.  This is the equivalent of eating soup for lunch once a week for three months.  
B. Know what you use. With a permanent marker, write the day, month and year on toothpaste tubes, shampoo bottles, dental floss, hair products, contact solution, dishwashing liquid, laundry detergent, and other supplies.  Draw a line on the bottle to show how much was in it on that date.  In some cases, it may take two months to get a good idea of how much you use. 

 When the item is empty, you will know approximately how many you will need for a year's supply.  If you use it up in a week, you will need 52; in a month, 12, in two months, you will need 6.
For items such as toilet paper which have wrappers, save the wrappers for two weeks.  At the end of the two weeks count the wrappers and, now you know how many you need for a year.

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