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Eat Down the House: Wrap-Up

Eat Down the House: Wrap-Up

Eat Down the House was inspired by an overflowing pantry and refrigerator, a lack of time, and a desire to save money. It lasted about six weeks, from the end of March until the beginning of May. Perhaps the experiment could have lasted longer, but alas our humble abode became wedding central and hosted bridesmaids and friends from afar. I had no choice but to go grocery shopping and make sure our guests were well fed.
The content of just one cabinet.


Looking back, Eat Down the House was a fun distraction from work and one of my favorite projects in quite a while. As the weeks went on, I could see the shelves getting sparser and felt a sense of accomplishment. What I enjoyed most though was working with my sisters on Restaurant Baby. Though Eat Down the House is over, I look forward to future posts and collaborations with my fellow Restaurant Babies.

A few lists and fun facts to sum up Eat Down the House

How to Not Go Grocery Shopping for Six Weeks

  • Start with a well-stocked pantry.
  • Work 70 to 90 hours per week. If you are working that much, your work place should be providing your food.
  • Be so exhausted from working too much that when you actually are home, you only eat enough so you do not have trouble falling asleep from a growling stomach.
  • Live near parents who love to feed you as much as possible and bring food over to your house on a regular basis even when you ask them not to, but they do not really understand the word “no” especially when it comes to food, so why do you even bother?
  • Loosely interpret “best use by”, “sell by”, “expires on”. Trust the Sniff Test or the Hm-It-Is-Not-Curdled Test. Don’t judge me.
  • Eat out at restaurants for every single meal. Just kidding! I actually ate out less than usual during Eat Down the House.

Cumulative Grocery Bill during Eat Down the House:

3/25      Bananas          $   4.00
3/27      Bananas          $   1.25
4/10      Coffee             $24.00
5/01      Half & half     $   1.66

Total $30.91

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4 comments

1 sandi liang { 06.14.11 at 12:35 AM }

that’s all you spent on groceries in 6 weeks??????? wow!!!! that’s nice!!!

2 Judy { 06.14.11 at 8:36 PM }

I second that! Having family share food with you is so great!

3 Sonia { 06.15.11 at 9:12 AM }

Hi Sandi, I know!!! I’m trying to continue this $$-saving thing, but it is hard . . . especially since I made my first visit to Plum Market yesterday. Sheesh! So expensive there.

4 Madeline Leung { 06.15.11 at 1:02 PM }

Hi Judy! Thanks for stopping by! Yes – sharing food with family and friends! ;)

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