No Grocery Shopping for a Week?


I just read about something called The Eat-Down-the-Fridge Challenge on WashPost food writer Kim O’Donnel challenged herself (and her readers) to take a weeklong break from food shopping and cook only what’s in the freezer, fridge and pantry. She was inspired by eGullet co-founder Steven Shaw, who came up with the idea as an experiment in frugality.

I love the idea. I don’t know about you, but I gulp every time I do a “big shop” at the grocery store. It’s not unusual for me to drop close to $200 on groceries for my three-person family. Since my oldest child (and most demanding epicure) went off to college in September, I’ve been trying to hold food costs down by cooking less elaborate dinners. Last night, for instance, we had baked potatoes. That’s it. Baked potatoes. Nobody complained. (Well, my husband made a face, but he didn’t say anything.)

Tonight, I’m going out to dinner with friends. (We’re heading to Grange for the three-course fixed-price dinner, which costs just $45 for two people. Tonight’s entrée: fried chicken.)  Before I go, I’ll whip up something from the fridge—probably bacon and eggs—for my husband and daughter. I’ll bet I could keep us fed for at least a week from our larder without having to go to the store.

What about you? Are you up for The Eat-Down-the-Fridge Challenge? Give it a try, then post a comment below.