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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Another comment on No Grocery Store for 6 Days

It wasn't too hard not to go to the store since I keep a lot of stuff on my shelves, in the cupboards, freezer, etc. I like to coupon and look for bargains but I think I saved myself some money but holding off till Friday. I think we could go several months without the grocery, although some things would be greatly missed--eggs, butter, fresh milk and fruit.
Thanks for doing this......  K.B.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Comments about "No Grocery Stores for 6 Days" challenge

I try to only shop at most once a week--I usually try to go two weeks, so this challenge is something I do all the time. I enjoy the game of making what I have. I consider my pantry, freezer, and food storage my personal grocery store. With this method I am pretty good at making sure it stays well stocked. Anytime I'm running low on something, I add it to my grocery list so I can be sure to have it on hand when needed.
I also feel I save A LOT of money this way by meal planning, going without if I just don't have something, etc. I'm always amazed how you can somehow create something out of nothing!
Eggs are the one thing I consistenly seem to be missing ( on Sundays I'm always borrowing from a neighbor!)--L.H.
Of course I forgot to buy milk before the "No Store for 6 Days" challenge. Wayne was unwilling to drink powdered milk, so he tried grape juice on his GrapeNuts cereal and said he really liked it! ( It sounds gross to me.)
We are having the missionaries over for dinner tonight, and Wayne is making BBQ pork (using a can of pork that I pressure canned a couple of years ago) and I made cooked chocolate pudding. The secret to making cooked pudding using powdered milk, is to thoroughly mix the dry powdered milk with the dry pudding powder before adding water. Then I cook it in the microwave. It turns out great!--A.W.
Hi Amy,

We only ever shop once a month, so our food is always under control. However, my girls announced last night that they were suddenly out of hair conditioner! So we'll be doing mayonnaise hair masks this week--and using up some old mayo that I'm glad to get rid of! :) -B.S.
We actually did the challenge last week. I plan my meals a week in advance and try to go grocery shopping only once a week, so it wasn't very different for us. On a normal week, however, I will sometimes pick up an extra bunch or two of bananas halfway through when our fruit is getting low. But during the challenge we just leaned more on the applesauce we keep in our 3 mo. storage to supplement our fresh fruit. And I did have to remind Quinn not to grab any ice cream for us while he was out running errands on Friday night. We made do with the flavors we had:)  -J.M.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

November Challenge: Don't go to the store for 6 days

(Thankfully, our area didn't get affected by Hurricane Sandy.  This challenge will help you practice what it would have been like.)

Picture a big disaster, with no stores open.  Don’t buy anything or go to any store from Sunday to Friday afternoon.


Do not buy anything at any store or  restaurant.

You may buy gasoline.

Use only food and items you have in  your pantry, fridge, and freezer.

You will find out if you have enough non-food items such as  diapers, baby formula, feminine hygiene, toilet paper, shampoo, toothpaste, laundry soap, etc.

You will find out if you have all the groceries you need for the week.

Our goals:

To become more aware of the supplies we need to have on hand,

To stock up on supplies so that when a store is not available, we have them in our house.

Develop a three-month supply,

And eventually obtain a one year supply.

“Acquire and store a reserve of food and supplies that will sustain life…As long as I can remember, we have been taught to prepare for the future and to obtain a year’s supply of necessities.  I would guess that the years of plenty have almost universally caused us to set aside this counsel.  I believe the time to disregard this counsel is over.  With events in the world today, it must be considered with all seriousness.”
L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve, “If Ye Are Prepared Ye Shall Not Fear,” Ensign, Nov. 1995.

After you do this challenge, please email me and tell me what you learned, and I will post it here anonymously.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Slacker Gardening

I planted a garden in the spring, and got so involved with househunting and preparing my old house for sale, and moving, that I never cared for the garden at all. I never weeded it or even watered it (thank goodness it rains so much in North Carolina!).

Last week my husband and daughter and I pulled out all the knee-high weeds to make the yard look better so we can sell that house, and we discovered so many sweet potatoes, regular potatoes, carrots and green onions, they filled an entire box. That is what I call "low maintenance gardening". I will be sure and try that again next year.

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