March Madness Grocery Challenge – The Score

This is it, the last day of the month.  The last day of the March Madness Grocery Challenge.

As of last Friday I had a balance of $5.50 remaining in the MMGC fund, and guess what…  Go ahead, guess.  I’ll wait…  Did I make it?  What do you think?

Yes, I made it!  As of right now I still have $5.50

You know what the crazy thing is?    The crazy thing is that I didn’t think about it all week.  I wasn’t stressed about it.  I didn’t worry about it.  I just didn’t go to the grocery store.  That’s it, I just didn’t go.  No big deal.

At the beginning of this challenge I allowed myself $20 a week for groceries.  I also thought it probably would not be horribly difficult because the pantry and freezers were full.  Actually, had it not been for the gallon of maple syrup and the dinner items purchased when we were returning from our out of town trip, both of which I am completely ok with, I would’ve done even better.  The Z Man would interject here that (ahem) “we also haven’t had a loaf of bread in the house the entire month”   That probably has more to do with me wanting to make real bread instead of buying highly processed junk from the store.

What I take away from this challenge is that, if I’m being honest, I have a grocery store habit.  It probably stems from too much Food Network, but I truly enjoy cooking.  I enjoy the entire process of planning, shopping and cooking a nice meal.  There is something about chopping vegetables and putting them into a pot to cook, having the lovely smell of it cooking wafting through the house and then sitting down to enjoy that meal.  Well, for me, it’s more than just getting dinner on the table.  It’s nice.  It gives me joy.

On the other side of the coin, I hate the grocery store.  Even more so now that I’m researching better ways of eating because more often than not what you think you are buying isn’t at all what it really is.  Bread is not bread, cheese is not cheese.  It’s mostly highly processed ingredients that are unpronounceable and indigestible.

As for the MMGC, yes I stayed in budget, and we ate from the freezers and pantry.  That’s great.  But, that too all comes with a price of hard work.  It’s taken us several years to see our homestead flow in full cycle like it is now.  It’s also taken me a long time to learn the cycle and use it as it’s meant to be used, the benefit of the price we pay.  That is to say, it is time to start the process of breaking my habit with the grocery store.  Or have I already started it unknowingly with this challenge?

Putting in perspective this challenge and that what I’ve learned isn’t so much about the money but more importantly about why we do the things we do, and to understand that perhaps it’s more about the habit that can be changed, and recognizing the pleasure of doing it differently.

She Goes Up…  She Shoots…  And… She… Scores!!!

Till Next Time,




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