Is This Cheating? DAY 8 of the 30-Day No Grocery Shopping Challenge

It’s DAY 8 of the 30-day No Grocery Shopping Challenge… and I have a confession to make.

A dear friend of mine who volunteers at a food pantry offered for me to take all I wanted from boxes of produce and bread that were gonna go bad. They were just going to end up being fed to her chickens, so she encouraged me to get all we could use and to freeze the extra.

I have to say, it felt like a windfall! Having not had very much fresh stuff these past few days, it was so nice to enjoy a tray of fresh fruit and veggies for lunch!

I ended up salvaging a couple of bags of salad mix, a bunch of browning bananas (for bread), a few tomatoes, a jicama, some grapes, a few fresh fruit cups, a pint of blueberries, and tons of bread (to freeze).

I know I stated in the beginning of this challenge that bartering and trading was acceptable, since it would likely occur during a real emergency, but I still feel a little bit like I’ve cheated. I did bring her an heirloom winter squash from our garden just because… so maybe that counts as a trade.

Here’s the breakdown of Day 8’s challenge meals:

Blueberry muffins from frozen blueberries

Fresh mixed fruit and veggies
Bread w/ almond butter

Spaghetti from the freezer
Garlic toast

How are you hanging in there? Think about this… would you have anything to trade for food in an emergency?

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9 thoughts on “Is This Cheating? DAY 8 of the 30-Day No Grocery Shopping Challenge”

  1. Thanks for keeping us posted on not spending money for food this month. Donated food can certainly be counted. Such as, a neighbor might share veggies or eggs from their farm. They are fresh, only you did not purchase them. It reminds me of my “End of Garden Sauce” that I can each year. Thanks so much for this wonderful month of ideas.

  2. Definitely not cheating! It isn’t any different than if your friend was leaving for vacation and offered you everything in her fridge so it didn’t go to waste… it’s a win-win situation!

    I’m kind of doing your challenge, I had already committed to doing a spending freeze this month, so yeah, learning a lot!

    Take care, friend!

  3. Absolutely not cheating! If this were a real emergency situation people would be offering you food and you would be taking it. Good practice. πŸ™‚

  4. Is this cheating? NO! Why? Because God gives good gifts to His children whom He loves. If His eye is on the sparrow, then it is certainly on you (because you are bigger than a sparrow!)

    How exciting to glean this windfall! Once I had the opportunity to glean fresh produce out of a shopping cart pushed by grocery store management, headed to the dumpster. I asked if this was really headed to the trash and was told yes. I asked if I could pull out of it and was told yes.

    I could not believe what was being discarded. One bad potato in a sack of perfectly good potatoes. Grapes with stems starting to dry out but the grapes were fantastic. One bad apple in a $5 sack of organic apples and all the other apples just fine. But wait, there were sacks and sacks (yes in the south we say sacks instead of bags) of apples and they were just waiting to be sliced into rings and dehydrated. The grapes were canned into grape juice. It was crazy exciting! The waste in this society is unimaginable. The least they could have done was open the bags and put the good produce on a clearance table and still made money.

    So good for you for your windfall! God is good: past, present, and future.

  5. No…not cheating! You didn’t go to the grocery store πŸ™‚

    I really like the idea of taking your preparedness challenge. I’ll try to be back in the garden next year so I can try this.

  6. We have decided to take on your challenge in the month of November. And before you say it… yes, i know Thanksgiving occurs during that month. Looking forward to all of your tips and tricks….

    Thank you


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