I wish I could tell you there was some wonderfully inspiring reason for my decision to see how long I could last in 2017 without going grocery shopping but honestly there isn’t one.
Yet my question to you is when do you think I will next go to the supermarket?
No this isn’t a cry for help and I do have the resources to buy my own food. I am curious to see how long I can go for and I thought you may like to share the journey with me. I don’t know what I’ll offer as a prize for the winning entry but if you want to leave a comment below let me know when you think I will first go grocery shopping in 2017. Bonus points for creative and/or extremely specific answers.
The Rules I’ll be following:
No major changes to normal eating habits (so I won’t be having takeaway for every meal).
Accepting free food from others and dinner invitations is ok.
No grocery purchases from any retail or wholesale outlet (barter is ok).
I haven’t done any massive stock ups just for this challenge, only regular shopping in the past couple of weeks.
Leave your creative comment below, I look forward to reading them..
*** UPDATE 12th JAN 2017 ***
So I’ve survived 12 days so far, had a close call one day thinking I’d go see what Christmas foods they may have left over and reduced. thankfully I remembered this challenge before it was too late. The thing I’ve found most interesting so far is how badly I wanted to go shopping in the first few days of the new year. It was like I was a child being told not to do something yet having that thing foremost in my mind because I was being denied it and the urge to go even though I had no practical need to do so was so strong. Thankfully that has subsided and now I barely think of this self imposed challenge. I visited with a friend last week and they commented how much harder it would be if I had a kid, and they are right being single and with no kids sure extends my possible time frame a smidge.
The first thing I ran out of was bread. No I haven’t broken down and started baking my own, though I’m sure I could, mmm home made bread ok I’m getting distracted now. Thankfully pancakes tided me over until I got a free loaf on Sunday, 4 slices left hopefully I can get another one soon. I’ve only had takeaway once and that was only because I had a friend visiting with dieting requirements I couldn’t cater for without outside food (any excuse to buy pizza).
So some supplies are definitely getting lower but nearly 2 weeks without shopping how much longer do you think I can last?
*** UPDATE 27TH JAN 2017 ***
Can you believe I’ve made it this far? I knew if I could make it to Australia day (26th) I’d be able to make it to the end of the month though I have to admit some supplies are running low.
I ran out of spuds the other day and as soon as I did I was craving them for a good 3 days afterwards. The psychology of this experiment has proved most interesting. Frozen wedges helped tied me over though as of dinner tonight they are all gone now too. I’m still good for most things further proving just how much we can stock with out even trying and just how blessed we are.
I’ll be looking forward to restocking next week though. I could go longer but having exhausted some of my usual foods it’s no longer fun and I think I have achieved what I set out to do. Could I go another week, probably. Could I go another month, possibly though I would have to get a lot more creative. I think though one full month is enough. I may even make it an annual event and see if it’s any different next year.
Are their any other things you would like to see me give up for a month in 2017?
Leave a comment below.