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Extreme Grocery Challenge – $250 for 6 weeks

Could you Spend Less Than $50 a Week for 6 Weeks with no Food Storage?

This is a challenge I have set for the rest of the year.

Over the weekend I made $1,000 selling things (find out how here) and $250 was paid in cash for one item.

Looking at it, I wondered if I could make that stretch the rest of the year.

How we will do an Extreme Grocery Challenge

Careful planning, eating healthy and mindful eating are all playing a part in this challenge.

We don’t have food storage, a big freezer or anything like that as a backup.

With some meat in the freezer, we will be eating mostly vegetables, fruits, eggs and have treats on our Friday Family Fun Night (pizza and popcorn mostly).

Heavy, carb-based meals aren’t common in our house and I plan to keep it that way.

Pasta and bread are out so it’ll be a gluten and dairy-free meal plan for the most part. Check out week 1 here.

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1. Check The Pantry

Clean out the pantry, fridge and freezer and write down what’s there, then work out what I can make from it and how to make things stretch.

For meat, I have a few chicken breasts, a pack of sausages (which I can make 20 meals from), 2 lots of mince, a roast chicken and roast beef.

In the pantry, I have some flour, tinned kidney beans, cereal and a few bits and pieces, nothing in bulk.

2. Cash in Gift Cards

Woolworths Everyday Rewards and Coles Flybuys cards are used throughout the year so I have some points, but I might not use them. 

Read 5 ways to get free gift cards.

3.) Meal Plan

I am planning our meals around what we have. Our ‘go-to’ type meals are chill (mince with a lot of finely chopped veggies, slow-cooked with tomatoes and spices), stir fry with seasoning or egg-based meals such as omelettes.

4.) What Will We Eat?

Our HelloFresh meals (get your first box free with this link).

Meals in the next 3 weeks include:
Spinach and Feta Stuffed Chicken
Tahini Glazed Chicken
Pan-Fried Salmon
Jamaican Jerk Chicken
Dukkah Crusted Chicken
Chorizo, Parsley and Lemon Butter Pasta
Cajun Chicken and Roast Veggie Rice Bowl
Pork and Apple Burgers
Korean Style Beef and Vegetable Noodle Cups

Other meals I will make from what we have include:

Roast Chicken (which can be turned into soup, risotto, arancini, curry and pasta bake).
Roast Beef (with leftovers being turned into wraps)
Chicken Burgers
Sausages and Vegetables (which will also be used on pizza, in fried rice and probably frittatas.)

Breakfasts will be protein shakes, smoothies, cereal or eggs.

Lunches include leftovers and my kids take fruit, a salad, crackers and sandwiches to school.

Get Creative

I don’t need a recipe when I cook. Generally, I make things up as I go or have a loose idea of what I will do. Don’t worry about following a recipe exactly. You can swap meats, use different vegetables and look for substitutes to ingredients online. I shared a bunch of tips about this in The Thrifty Issue Group which you can find here.

Are you up for the challenge?

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Wednesday 22nd of November 2017

This is super helpful. I needed this.

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Wednesday 22nd of November 2017

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Wednesday 22nd of November 2017

What a great idea. It looks like you have it all planned out. I couldn't do it in the US with a family of six!

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Wednesday 22nd of November 2017

I was in the US last month and some of the groceries I normally buy were 1/3 of the price of what they are here. For example, a treat we sometimes get used to be Ben & Jerry's ice cream. $3.88 in Walmart there vs $12 - $14 in supermarkets here. We also don't have coupons in the same way the US does and many other things. You'd be surprised at what you can do.

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