Surprise! Starting today, this next month is going to be interesting. You see, I’ve decided that what Gwyneth Paltrow did when she took the SNAP challenge for a week, and how everyone reacted to it, was extremely interesting.
One of my beefs with the SNAP challenge is how self-limiting it is when you do it for just a day or a week, and how much harder it is for just yourself instead of two, three, or even ten people. In fact, you’re pretty much guaranteed to fail a snap challenge ’cause you’re tying hands behind your back when you have no pantry access and a tiny, TINY budget with no excess for the purchase of them.
I wanted to do the SNAP challenge too. Of course, for everyone who knows me, my usual motto is go hard or go home. So I went bigger: I got the consent of my entire family to participate. And harder: I’ve committed us all to living this way for an entire month.
Between here and my blog DinnersNotRocketScience.com over on YummyMummyClub, this month we’re going to play a little game: how cheaply, how healthily, and how satisfyingly can one live on a tiny budget? There will be lots of crossover posts but the majority of the challenge updating will be there, and some of the uber frugal tips, borderline-homesteading and unusual stuff (like butchering) will stay here.
Naturally, because I live in Canada, and we have higher food prices here but also more social support, the rules had to be tweaked a bit. Go check out the opening salvo post with the terms and conditions that Jeni, the senior editor of YMC, and I have set.
I won’t make any demands that anybody follow with me, but please, follow along and feel free to make frugal suggestions!
Who knows, maybe together we can help those people struggling to make ends meet eat better.