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My $21nz a week challenge

March 16th, 2009 at 07:00 am

So I was checking out the blog of this lady who bought food for $1US a day.

Text is http://lessisenough.wordpress.com/ and Link is
http://lessisenough.wordpress.com/

It absolutely would not be doable for me to do $1nz a day unless I ate only rice and potatoes, but I recall hearing on The Money Man that it is possible to get your groceries down to $nz21 a week, so I'm going to give it a go.

The usual start-wit-no-food-and-buy-a-dollar's-worth-a-day strikes me as a bit artificial. Most folks would have a few necessities like oil, salt and flour in their pantry. I don't go for the argument that you need a car and storage space to buy in bulk either. In India you see women walking 5 miles home from market with 25 lbs of rice or beans on their heads. Anyway, this is not just a 30 day trial, but will go as long as I can make it work. So I'll start with what I have at home, which is
potatoes
pasta
rice
frozen mixed veg
flour
oil
cornmeal
pea flour
herbs and spices
carrots
celery
zucchini
pumpkin
eggs
baked beans
oats
milk
lentils
old fashioned soup mix
can tomatoes

That should keep me going till the weekend. I spent $16.30 already, so put $4.70 aside in case I need more milk. Hmm, I can see already I'm probably going to have to give up drinking tea and coffee. I shall be amazed if I can do this as the experts at the University announced earlier this year it costs nz120 a week to feed an adult.

I actualy didn't need to cook dinner tonite as we had a lunch at Artsenta and I am full of sausage rolls and tomato sandwiches.

1 Responses to “My $21nz a week challenge”

  1. whitestripe Says:

    how many people are you feeding? i always have fun making menu's out of other peoples pantry stock lists.
    i would make:
    fried rice (frozen veges & rice, an egg)
    lentil dahl (lentils, spices, pumpkin, potato, carrot)
    omellete (eggs, zucchini, celery
    vege pasta dish (veges, tinned tomatoes, pasta)
    soup (leftover veges & soup mix)

    i would probably buy a loaf of bread and have toasted baked bean sandwhiches one night too, then have some bread toasted with the soup, and probably oats or toast for breakie. Smile

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