Ok, I am not sure who else does this except for me. I like to think that most people go to this kind of effort but I am sure I am delusional. I am trying to buy almost nothing this week in preparation for our trip next week. It kills me to think of milk, bread, eggs and other food items growing older here at home while we are out of town. So, I am on a spending moratorium this week. It serves two purposes. One, it cleans out my pantry and fridge and ensures that all of the excess food gets eaten instead of being thrown away. Second, it allows us to take the grocery money from this week on vacation with us to help offset any extra food spending that we might do while we are gone. Even though John and I set a budget for the trip and yes, even put the money into envelopes before we go, it always is good to have extra money in case things are more expensive than we anticipate. And from what I have heard about D.C., food is extremely expensive.
This week I have only purchased a loaf of bread, 1 dozen eggs and dishwasher detergent. The good thing is that the bread and eggs will be eaten before we go on the trip and with as many dishes as we do during a typical day, I can’t go long without dishwasher detergent. But, my list of other items I am out of is growing longer and longer. Today I noticed that I am down to my last coffee filter. I have written it on my list but that doesn’t do anything for getting me a cup of coffee at 3:30 in the afternoon when I am running on empty and need caffeine. I began to look for creative ways to avoid buying coffee filters. First idea was a simple one, I washed out the old coffee filter and reused it. That didn’t work so well, as it kinda collapsed in the basket and got coffee grounds in the coffee. Next time I am going to try using a paper towel and see how that works. There is always the instant coffee in the pantry that I got for free when I hosted a Coffee mate party. The point is that doing a challenge like this is fun and forces you to be creative.
Tonight we are having a clean out the fridge/leftovers dinner. It will make for some interesting dinner combinations but atleast that is food that didn’t go to waste. Take a look around your pantry and fridge and see what kind of challenge you can come up with. It doesn’t have to be so drastic as the one I am doing right now. Maybe you can just try to use up all your different condiment bottles over the next week. It gets you to start thinking about what else you can make with duck sauce and dijon mustard. Let me know what you come up with, I think I have a bottle of Hoisin sauce that needs a new purpose in life.