Jan 12 2011

Life Simplified: No Grocery Shopping

Every new year we set goals, challenge ourselves to reach new heights and to focus on what’s really important in life.  In 2011 I have made it a goal to simplify my life more by enjoying the blessings and not wasting what God has given me.  I will be sharing with you the successes and challenges on those specific areas in my life as I go through them.

First Life Simplified Goal:

  • No Grocery Shopping (except for necessities) in the month of January.

Explanation of the Goal: My goal during the month of January is to not shop for groceries other than necessities (milk, eggs, bread).  Our freezer is full and our pantry is overflowing with all the great deals that we have received.  One of the reason for the goal is that I want to use the items I have and not waste them.  Stockpiling is wonderful but there may come a point when we need to eat through that stockpile before it expires, save the extra money to work on a financial goal, and be creative with what we have at home.  I have been thinking about this challenge for several weeks after doing Operation Christmas Child and other charities over the Holidays it really hit me that we have been blessed yet there are children and families that have nothing.  Menu planning may take a little extra creative thinking on my part but I think I can do it. If I do purchase something it needs to meet one of the following criteria:

  • FREE – I don’t want to waste free grocery coupons that my family will use while doing this goal
  • Necessity – Milk, Eggs, Bread, etc…
  • For Someone Else outside of my household.  For example I make meals for new Moms in our church and if I need to pick up an item for them on the way to deliver a meal that will be an exception.

I have already started this goal.   The only things I have purchased this month so far have been a loaf of bread and 2 gallons of milk.  Last week we ate a bunch of leftovers for several days after my our family guests left since our fridge was full and we don’t want to waste the food we have.  It takes a little more time and focus to come up with a menu but everyone seems to be doing pretty well.  The real challenge will come at the end of the month when we are getting low in the pantry and when we host guests!

I will share with you the challenges, successes and what I had to purchase so you can keep me accountable or even go through the journey with me by participating  and sharing your story.  I would love to extend this goal into February if I can make our pantry stretch!

Life Simplified is a series on getting rid of the extras in our life while learning how to enjoy what God has given us so we can continue to be a blessing to others.  Our homes can quickly start are bursting with “stuff”  and if you are like us we just have too much.  I am doing a series on ways we are learning to simplifying our food, homes, and lives.  When our hearts, lives, and homes get too cluttered we may start missing out on opportunities to serve and bless the people around us.


Ashley Genovese 13-01-2011, 10:49

One of these months I want to do this. I’ll have to work on my stockpile before I can start but one of these months…..

Shanna Freeman 15-01-2011, 06:10

Great challenge Bridgette! I will participate too! We are truly blessed and the excess that we have is often times thrown in the garbage………(e.g., the leftovers that we never get to, the fresh produce that never gets eaten)…… It is wasteful and I am ready to take your challenge and will try also to buy only the necessary items (I will make an exception for produce as it gets emptied out too- apples, oranges, spinach– but only after they have been completely eaten) as I empty my deep freeze and my pantry! 🙂 I’ve also been feeling led to give away lots of “things” laying around my home that others may be in need of more than we are………that may be a summer project though!!! 🙂

Bridgette Hayes 23-01-2011, 22:18

Glad you are taking the challenge as well Shanna! YAY!!! We had two drawers of fruits and veggies before starting the challenge after having a house full of company but I consider those as necessities once the ones that are in the fridge have been eaten. Every person has to determine what works for their family so far we have only purchased milk and bread. I am thankful for the many blessings we have, especially after exploring multiple islands last week and realizing that we really do have a lot of extras. We are still working through our pantry and deep freezer. I would love to make it a couple weeks into February if all goes well, we’ll see.

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