Pumpkin Pie and a New Back Door! DAY 30 of the 30-Day No Grocery Shopping Challenge!

It’s the final day of the challenge, and I’m soooo happy it’s coming to an end!

I think the hardest part of this challenge for me was keeping up with posting about it on a consistent basis. Every day I’ve been jotting down notes on what we ate and the struggles I was having, but finding the time to actually sit down and blog about my findings has been difficult. You guys have been so awesome about being patient and following along!

As I’ve reflected today about what we’ve been eating over the past 30 days, I was surprised that we haven’t had rice and beans more often. We’ve actually had a pretty good variety of “regular” meals! After doing this challenge, I’m confident that we would be able to survive for many months off of what remains in our food storage.

I plan on writing a full review of what I’ve learned while eating from our food storage for 30 days so that I can collect all of my thoughts and observations in one place.

I have to say, my friends really helped to make this past month more bearable by blessing us with eggs and fresh produce when there was an abundance. I had one neighbor friend who lives up the road call me more than once offering to give us eggs and lettuce or tomatoes from her garden, knowing that we were doing this challenge. (Thank you, Elizabeth!!) I don’t think I’ve ever appreciated fresh fruits and veggies so much.

I also realized that there are things in our pantry that we probably would never eat unless it came down to serious starvation. Canned carrots and store-bought canned potatoes are two that come to mind immediately. Surprisingly, we don’t eat canned green beans much either. I’ve been purging these items to make room for stuff that we do actually eat on a regular basis.

I’m gonna have to work on making our garden more of a year-round producer if we want to stay in fresh produce. I’ll also have to work on canning more fruits and tomato products next year!

I have to say, it has been REALLY nice not having to go to the grocery store. We were able to put enough money aside to buy a new back door for our home, which has been desperately needed. The old door was the cheapest piece of junk ever and wouldn’t even close all the way unless you slammed it super hard. I’m extremely relieved to finally have a back door that closes all the way and actually locks!

I didn’t do anything fancy for meals today, although I did make a special dessert to celebrate the end of the challenge. We’ve had a can of pureed pumpkin and a frozen pie shell for months just begging to be made into a pie, so the kids and I whipped it up and enjoyed it for dinner tonight.

It was the perfect finale.

For the last day of the challenge I ate…

Homemade granola in Thrive instant milk

Pintos and cornbread

Canned chicken noodle soup

Pumpkin pie!

Whew!! I’m so happy to be done with this challenge, and I can’t wait to hit the grocery store to buy lots of fresh fruits, veggies, eggs, and dairy products… all of the things I’ve been without for so long now!

I’ll follow up soon with a complete review of everything I’ve learned about eating from food storage. I’d love to hear your final thoughts as well as you’ve followed along with us. What has been your biggest take away from the 30-Day No Grocery Shopping Challenge?

14 thoughts on “Pumpkin Pie and a New Back Door! DAY 30 of the 30-Day No Grocery Shopping Challenge!”

  1. We shop about 2-3 times a year. We eat fresh fruit and veggies, eggs and dairy every day. We grow all this. And hunt. Our shopping is usually for commodities like sugar (starting to be replaced by home harvested honey), flour (home ground flour is too coarse for my taste buds), virgin olive oil, frozen orange juice (it’s a treat that stays in the freezer), cranberries (I usually empty the whole shelf in the store around Thanksgiving. We eat cranberries all year round – coming from the freezer. I make cranberry salad with marshmallows.), rice, (we have learned how to grow beans in huge amounts – we have dry beans), potatoes (growing and harvesting potatoes in our hot climate is a chore), and of course the paper products, oh yes and cat food and kitty litter for our cherished indoor spoiled little bratty. The outdoor cats get it too (well they don’t need the kitty litter), oh yes, and chocolate. Our biggest shopping sprees are usually for animal feed – that happens about four times a year.

  2. Thanks for doing this! I look forward to your wrap up post too. You caused me to think through what we have more and fill in some holes in our pantry. 🙂

  3. I have also really enjoyed reading along with your adventure. I am working on a slightly different challenge and that is to clean out all the mystery food in my freezers before I have to butcher turkeys next month. A challenge like you just did is a great way to clean up all the odds and ends that get lost. It’s such a shame to work hard at preserving food and then find stuff that went into the freezer 5 years ago! The chickens enjoy it, but that’s not good enough. I also am looking forward to your conclusions.

  4. Congratulations on making it through the challenge month. I’ll be interested to read your “lessons learned” wrap-up when you get the chance to write it!

  5. I’ve enjoyed reading this series. Good job! Just a thought on the canned green beans…I recently discovered that we like to rinse them well, then stir fry them in bacon grease in the cast iron skillet. Then just add a little salt and pepper. I appreciate finding a new side item recipe as we seem to get stuck in a rut for sides. (I bet your house will really appreciate October’s menu now! HA!)

  6. WOW! Your gang of followers are so proud of you. What a challenge it has been for you and the family. Congrats! While my children were growing up, I always had an emergency shelf of food [canned goods] and drinks (water and juices) to last a month. One never knew when there might be a power-outage, a major illness in the family, or job loss. The first time we used it was during the winter blizzard in 1978. You rock lady!

  7. I really want to thank you again for doing this challenge. Even though I didn’t participate, I learned a lot from you and it has lead my husband and I to reevaluate and discuss some of our prepping:) We now have a better focus and I am now more aware of what to be getting as well as some areas that we are definitely lacking in. So thank you for doing this. It has benefitted me and my family so much! Enjoy your fresh fruits and vegetables, etc. They are well deserved!!

  8. CONGRATULATIONS on making the 30 days. I know it could not have been easy. We never know when we will be faced with doing this on a have too.


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