I may be crazy. Scratch that I am crazy but I am so excited for my hair brained crazy idea that I am going to share it with you all. We live on a limited budget. Wait doesn’t everyone? Anyway I have been spending more and more every month instead of saving anything for the holidays I have been dipping into our small savings. I need to reverse this bad habit and turn it into a good one.
Another bad habit I have is I am a bit of a food hoard. If you look in any of my cupboards you will see they are pleasingly full. I am really thankful for all the good food God has blessed us with and I want o be a good steward of it. I have decided that I need to use up some of my food storage. I want to save some money that I normally spend.
Here is my plan that I am posting here on this blog of mine for some accountability.
I am only going to spend a dollar a day per person for food this month.
$210 for the whole month
That’s it no more than that. Don’t think we will be starving by any means remember I have a large stash of food. No I haven’t been stocking up anticipating this crazy idea of mine. I just thought of doing this today. We could probably not spend anything and eat fairly well balanced meals but I do enjoy drinking milk and eating some fresh produce.
I am going to update every Tuesday on my progress with this dollar a day goal. I know I will be buying at least three turkeys from Safeway when they go on sale. I do this every year cook them up and divide it into meal portions and we use that chopped turkey for a lot of meals. I think that will be my biggest challenge as you have to buy $50 of food to get the cheap turkeys. Hmm this is going to be interesting.
Also I have thought of pricing out how much an actual meal costs for a long time. I read about figuring this out in The Tightwad Gazette at least 5 years ago and have never done it. This month I am going to do it. See if it is really cheaper to make bread, cake, pancake mix, etcetera… than buy it? I have always wondered and I have a strong feeling that it is but is it enough to make it worth it with the time it takes?
What do you think? Can I feed a family of seven for $210 for the entire month of November? Want to join me in my dollar a person a day? Do you think I am crazy?
If third world countries can do it maybe we can too.