Basically the same thing.
I will post tomorrow as I need to finish reading LOL! I didnt bother to finish the book as we werent in our own home. But now we are any budget tips are great!
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10-11-2013 18:53 #43Senior Member
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I know I can't do $21 but you've definitely inspired me to make meals using what I have in the cupboard and freezer. I am so bad for buying heaps of food when we already have a heap we could use.
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10-11-2013 18:54 #44
I've never followed the "official" version of this, but there have definitely been weeks where I've improvised my own version of it. I am a compulsive over-shopper... our chest freezer is full, the freezer attached to the fridge is full, the pantry is full. So... on our super-broke weeks, I can still feed us (can't say they're the tastiest or healthiest meals though... lol).
We had one of these weeks 2 weeks ago after we got back from our holiday (neither of us working, both being casual, meant no money!).
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10-11-2013 19:13 #46
I recently went through our pantry, fridge and freezers and cleared out all the stuff that had expired (some cans expired 2yrs ago!!) or I knew we'd just never use.
It made me realise how much we waste! I think these sort of challenges are really great for just making you use up food that would otherwise get wasted. I always find I get a lot more creative rather than the same old meals over and over, as I have to come up with ways to use stuff up!
I reckon if people have an issue with $21 because of family size or whatever maybe start by cutting your spend in half for a week and see how you go.
Good luck TB&M! I am an erratic shopper so have no idea how much I spend, but I'll cheer you on
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10-11-2013 19:17 #47Senior Member
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Just as a random thing for the compulsive over shoppers (like me) I go through my pantry every 6 months (I stock up on canned things just in case I have an off week) and clear out my canned goods/things I buy in bulk and take them to the nearest university. They usually have welfare cupboards for the really poor students who are struggling to be able to buy food.
Just an idea to be able to keep track of whats in your cupboard and not keep things in there so long they expire. =)
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10-11-2013 19:20 #48Senior Member
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I was just trying to point out that $21 wouldn't be feasible for a lot of families. So a 'challenge' to reduce weekly top up costs to $21 wasn't necessarily an even starting point.
Everyone who wants to participate probably needs to work out their own base costs and then challenge costs. Your challenge cost is $3 a day. Mine would probably be $10 a day.
So I'm not in on a $21 a week challenge. I can't imagine I'm alone in that. On that basis I thought it might be more inclusive to broaden the 'challenge' to a serving or daily cost.
Again, my apologies for misunderstanding.
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10-11-2013 19:29 #50
I see what both of you are saying.
There are 2 adults and 3 children in this house, so $21 is unrealistic for me, but I'm willing to try and be more conscious of my spending this week. I'd probably spend that much on bread and milk alone, but I am interested in using the mountain of leftovers I have and things in the cupboard to try and save a bit of money this week.
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