Monday, January 25, 2016
The "Bare Essentials" Challenge: An Introduction
Well folks, here's a good start for you as I'm going to be documenting what it's like to actually live off of a working stockpile for as long as I can. A "living lesson" as it were. This isn't due to my husband being unemployed at the moment,which I've been there in the past, but because we desperately need to save money to use towards bills. Basic situation we're in right now is that yes, we were able to pay off debt last year despite a lot of financial problems, but to do it we're also down to 13.00 in savings and are living very very VERY tight and hand to mouth right now. So, once again, I'm in the depressing situation of having to live off the stockpile I have painstakingly built up over the last year by using my grocery budget to it's fullest extent.
So, before I officially started this period on our lives, I thought I'd quickly take some pictures of my stockpile so you'll be able to see how it changes over time as we live off of it. Now this is JUST my stockpile. I am not counting what is in my cupboards right this moment or what is in my fridge or the freezer attached to said fridge.
So, here you are folks. A quick photo tour.
Now also note: This is a challenge built on my own personal set of circumstances. You are going to see processed foods in these photos no matter what because that is what my son will currently eat regularly. I refuse to not buy these for him as he would starve without them (and no, I'm not kidding), so no matter what my normal grocery shopping is going to have to include Cheetos, Doritos and the like until we can get him further in feeding therapy. It's just the way it is. But, I am going to be dialing in EXACTLY how much chips he goes through in a week and only keep that much in the house with an extra bag of each "just in case" (we have to worry about shipping delays and dock workers strikes and things, so it just pays to be cautious).
The bottom drawer area (which you can't really see that well) contains more margarine, a few small containers of beef ribs and my frozen vegetables.
So, there you are folks. This is what I have to start to work with. So, let's see where this challenge takes us!