Well I don’t know about you, but I am happy to greet October. I love the fall weather, the food, Thanksgiving (as a Canadian), and my birthday. And now that our place is painted, furnished and purty, life can resume.
Before we get into the blog stuff and just for fun, I’ll show you around the place a little bit.
We have a tiny dining area, so a while ago Michael decided to maximize the space by building a shelf around the table.
Looking good, eh? Maybe a little lonely and empty, though.
Not lonely and empty anymore!
While we were painting, our place looked like this…
The horror. Oh, the horror.
But it was worth it!
Why hello there, music corner.
Hallo, comfy Kijiji couch.
Being settled is a good thing, I’m liking it. I’ve moved at least 10 times in the last 10 years, so I’m eager to just stay put a while. We’ll see how that goes.
As we all know, moving is expensive, especially when it’s across the country. So in order to cut costs, Michael and I have decided to embark on a challenge this month – not eat at restaurants and spend only $200 CAD on groceries, which is $100 per person, which is about $3 per day, per person, so about $1 per meal. Intense, eh?
So certain luxury foods are out, like storebought non-dairy milk, nuts, plant meats, plant cheeses, storebought bread, and so on. What we did is budgeted about $100 for pantry staples, which will allow about $25 for fresh produce each week.
In case you’re curious about more details, we purchased about 7 quarts of dry beans and lentils, and about 15 quarts of dry grain (mostly brown rice and steel cut oats, but a few others for variety). Other staples we purchased are yeast (haven’t adventured into sourdough yet), tahini, peanut butter, and sunflower, flax and pumpkin seeds. All of those purchases came to about $85. Since we already have stuff like apple cider vinegar, oil and tamari, we didn’t factor those in this month. Same goes for vitamin D and B12 supplements, and a small calcium supplement since we won’t be consuming fortified milk this month (and we can’t afford to eat a crapload of greens).
We spent $20 on fresh groceries this week (who knows if they’ll last the week), which included 2 heads of cabbage (one for making ‘kraut), 3 pounds of carrots, some potatoes, bananas, parsley, lemons, ginger, cauliflower and two big bunches of collard greens.
Throughout the course of the month, we plan to experiment with things like bread baking, soy and rice milk making, and expanding our repertoire of bean/grain cooking. Instead of thinking about this experiment like deprivation, I’m choosing to think of it like an opportunity to learn new skills.
The only exception to our frugality is Thanksgiving and my birthday – otherwise, we’ll be posting about our eats, trials and tribulations. Hope it ends up being as educational for you as it will be for us.
See you soon!