I saw this post referenced at The Simple Dollar and it brought back fond memories. The first time our wife and I went without grocery shopping last year, we went a little over 7 weeks without buying anything. At that time, we were actually using powdered milk for drinking, so didn’t even need anything as far as perishables were concerned. We did it again late last year and lasted about a month, though there was a little more cheating involved as my wife was diagnosed with a gluten allergy and requires more fresh foods.
Due to some upcoming concerns about our budget, we have decided to give it another shot. Our pantry is packed full, we have a freezer that has a hundred pounds of meat and chicken in it, and a cooler stocked with water and Gatorade. The only thing I usually find myself wanting and running out of is chocolate. However, I think the wife has some cake mix and I stashed a box of Chips Deluxe last week after a buy-one-get-one event at Publix, so I hope I’ll be ok for sweets. I mentioned that we had so much, we could probably go more than a month, but she’s drawing the line right now, so we’ll see!
For a more thorough example of one families adventure in non-shopping, see this series of posts! Wish us luck!