Food Stamp Challenge Week Two Recap

Hey Y’all!

I am done the Food Stamp Challenge, and I feel like I have been enlightened.  I have learned so much in the past two weeks, and have come so aware of how much I take for granted.  In the past, I would throw out leftovers, or they would sit in my fridge for a few days, and then go bad.  I would also make all sorts of unnecessary trips to the grocery store for things that I really didn’t need that were just purchased out of convenience.

On Friday, we had oatmeal for breakfast, broccoli-cheddar soup for lunch and breakfast for dinner.  The total for Friday of my allowed $12.45 was $7.33.  I had to work all weekend, so I wasn’t able to post about my Friday budget and experiences.  I’m sorry!

I was allowed a budget of $62.25 for the week.  This allowed me around $12.45 per day worth of food to feed myself, my hubby and Anthony.  I made a few purchases at the beginning of the week, because I really tried to just cook what I had in my house, instead of spending all my money in the grocery store on new items.  This way, I was able to use up what I had.  All I really bought this week was some apples, milk, eggs and some lettuce.  The apples were made into apple sauce, and we had that for desserts and snacks for the entire week.  If it was up to Anthony, we would have eaten apple sauce alone for the week.

I felt pretty tired this week.  Two weeks of this challenge started to take a toll on my body.  I was feeling pretty lethargic at the end of the week, and it was almost like I couldn’t get enough sleep.  I noticed that many of the tasks that I would normally complete around the house were dwindling too.  My housekeeping wasn’t the same, and I let all of my laundry back up.  I just didn’t have the ambition or energy to do it.  I have to actually finish all of my laundry and ironing tonight.

This week worked out pretty good with our budget.  Here is a look at my grocery list, and how much I spent, and had in my pantry:

Purchased Groceries:

2 dozen eggs – $2.74
1 gallon milk – $3.49
2.5 lb bag of apples – $2.50
1 head lettuce – $1.84

TOTAL:  $10.57

Pantry, Fridge and Freezer Items:

Oatmeal (Steel Cut) – $2.57
1 lb bacon – $2.77
1 leaf of bread – $0.87
London Broil – $4.07
Frozen brussel sprouts – $1.37
Frozen corn – $1.37
Frozen green beans – $1.37
Sweet potatoes – $1.17
Frozen broccoli – $1.37
1 lb cheese – $2.75
1 lb sliced cheese – $2.75
Kraft macaroni and cheese – $1.37
Hamburger helper – $1.00
Ground beef – $2.49
Chicken breast – $3.00
Tortilla shells – $2.50
Bouillon cubes – $1.95
Pork chops – $4.25
Rice – $1.17
Butter – $2.77
English muffins – $2.50
Black beans – $0.77
Onions – $1.42

Total:  $47.62

TOTAL SPENT:  $58.19
DIFFERENCE:  $4.06

This was a tough week.  Last week I had $21 left over, and this week I only had $4.06.  If we were to need something, I wouldn’t have much left to spend, and we’d be eating the leftover frozen veggies and rice.  It was scary only having the $4.06 left over.  I didn’t know what to do to be honest.  I am always used to having a bigger buffer, and I just didn’t have it.  I wanted to eat less soups this week, and more proteins, because last week we were just so sick of soup – and although it is cheap, it wasn’t what I wanted to eat for the week.  I wanted to feel full.  And to be honest, I didn’t really feel full all week.  I was satisfied, but not full like I am used to.

This experience has given me so much more than I ever expected.  I am so thankful for what I have, and I have learned so much about utilizing everything I have in my pantry.  I am very excited for the next venture I take with the Food Bank, and to share this learning experience with those who do receive FNS benefits.  This challenge has taught me that we can educate those who receive the benefits to utilize what they have to the best of their abilities and how to stretch the benefits to the maximum.  The benefits they receive aren’t enough, but with some education maybe for now, it could be.

With Love,

Miss Lindsie


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