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I Challenge You to Eat Down the House

Please welcome guest blogger Sonia, my oldest sister and Restaurant Baby #1, who challenge you to eat down your house. ~Madeline

Eat Down the House

It is officially springtime (ignore the freezing rain storm that’s expected this evening). Springtime means a lot of things here in Michigan. Besides hopes of warmth and sunshine, it also means spring-cleaning and tax time. Eeks! In preparation to do my taxes, I was looking at my finances and realized that my savings account was smaller than expected. In a manic fury, I started researching how to save more money. “Use your local library.” Check. “Switch to CFB light bulbs.” Check. “Eat out less.” Hmm, that one’s a toughy. Then I recalled something I once read in the food blogs, an “Eat Down the Fridge” challenge.

The idea is to not shop for food for 1 week and eat what you already have. In the spirit of spring-cleaning and being financially frugal, I say we go beyond just eating down the fridge and eat down the whole house! Ok, ok. If you’ve seen my kitchen cabinets, you know that eating down that monstrosity may take more than a week. So, I’m willing to take a month, even two. But the rules will be modified to allow some amount of fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, and half-and-half for my coffee. (Mmmmmm, coffeeeeeee.)

Here’s a sample of the inventory:

The freezer before picture – well stocked with veggie broth and frozen dumplings.

My spice rack. Some of these are quite old and probably not so tasty anymore.

And some other ideas I had for saving money: 1) Get haircuts only once a year. (Don’t worry Sum, it will get trimmed before your wedding. I’ll be presentable.) 2) Don’t buy fancy heirloom tomatoes at the farmer’s market. (Sorry Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market, but you’re bad for my wallet.)


1 Lee Ann { 03.29.11 at 8:05 PM }

Definitely trying to do this now since I’m watching my budget… kinda hard, but such a great challenge!

2 Mei Ling { 03.29.11 at 9:25 PM }

It’ll definitely help you be very creative with the meals you prepare.

3 Madeline Leung { 03.30.11 at 4:41 PM }

Lee Ann – you have enough jello in your pantry to have it for dessert everyday for at least a month!

Mei – thanks for stopping by. Sonia already gave me one of her meals that she prepared with pantry item. An upcoming post.

4 sandi liang { 04.14.11 at 2:02 AM }

how are you doing with this challenge? I just saw it today, I think I might try that (though the exception for me would be to buy food for the babies)

5 Sonia { 04.27.11 at 9:05 PM }

Hey Sandi, the challenge is going to end in a week or so and there’ll be a post to summarize how it went, but it wasn’t that hard . . . because my mom still brought stuff over (Chinese greens, Chinese soup, garlic & ginger), my sister Allison continued to buy groceries for herself and her fiance (and sometimes I do use her groceries), and I worked a lot during the month of April (so 2 of my 3 meals and sometimes 3 of 3 meals were at the hospital). I’m definitely looking forward to a wonderful Michigan summer — can’t wait for blueberry season, but I think I will try to continue using what I already have in my pantry.

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