I have stopped buying food! I have been slipping lately in terms of my food spends – watching too much end up in the rubbish bag after bad meal planning, spending too much on impulse purchases from the local shop and having hoards of produce in my cupboards and freezers that wasn’t being eaten.
So I said no! No more food shopping until we have eaten everything in the cupboards and reduced our stockpiles!
It has been quite an adventure! We have survived for 10 days now without buying anything more than some basic groceries to supplement our cupboard supplies!
We have had some crazy taste combinations – soup, salmon with pesto and mashed potato anyone? 🙂
It has definitely helped me to go through my cupboards with a fine tooth-comb and to take stock of what we have. It has also saved us an immense amount of money, just buying top-ups has reduced our food bill by close to 90%! But of course it’s not sustainable as our cupboards are looking considerably bare.
So – what I have I learnt from my little experiment?
- I have a very boring diet! Much of our food is the same – lots of rice, lots of pasta, lots of beef mince! I know why it looks like this – it comes from years of cooking cheaply and in bulk to save money and fuel. For the sake of my health diversification is needed!
- I need to mealplan more not less to ensure minimal food waste – I can see a very real correlation between the amount of food I waste and the times I don’t mealplan. I need to be consistent in my meal planning and set up a system that works. I am thinking Friday nights – mealplan – weekends shop and batch cook (if necessary!).
- I have so much food!!! It is amazing how much food can accumulate in the backs of cupboards! I have so many dried beans of all varieties it will take me months to eat them all! So I am going to make sure I buy food carefully (meal planning should help this) and not stockpile food cause I think I should but actually food that I will use and not waste!
- I need to think differently when I shop so I will be looking round for more inspiration for different ingredients (hello Pinterest!!) and visit new places – more markets and food stalls – a trip to Borough Market maybe?
So – this has been a very useful experiment for me, for the sake of my wallet to know where my focus needs to be in terms of food shopping and nutrition.
First step now the cupboards are bare is to see if I can do a sensible re-stock – based around a well thought-out mealplan!
Would you consider the empty cupboards challenge?