Here is our list of expected benefits to this experiment, as laid out for our girls the night we presented the idea to them:

1.       We will learn to be content with what we have to eat.

2.       We will get over our pickiness (one of us in particular. 😉 )

3.       We will have more compassion for the poor.

4.       We will be creative; what fun it will be to discover new things to eat, and new ways to eat them!

5.       It will prepare us for the foods we will be served when we travel the world someday (We can dream, right?).

6.       We will remember what it was like to be in want. That will make us more grateful for what we always took for granted.

7.    Cleaning out our fridge might make us want to clean out other stuff in the house that we don’t need!

8.    We have a wonderful life–we have our health, and we love each other (that’s already more than what many people have.)  Experiencing lack will keep us tender-hearted and wanting to reach out toward those with less, so that we don’t become ingrown as a family.

Can you add more to this list?

Want to join us? 🙂


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carla Anne
    Apr 08, 2011 @ 13:11:42

    I love it! I’ve wanted to do this for quite some time. We’ve started and not finished… usually company or a holiday throws me off. Not sure I can do it right now because of our living situation but I’d LOVE to try it with you soon!

    bless you and have fun!


  2. An American Family's Food-Spending Freeze
    Apr 08, 2011 @ 14:06:36

    Let us all know when/if you try it again, Carla! The more the merrier! Support is good. 🙂


  3. michellemu
    Apr 12, 2011 @ 01:18:25

    Hi! I’m a friend of a friend, namely Jason. I’ve been intrigued (and sometimes alarmed) by his Lenten fast on buying food. He linked me to this blog and now I’m intrigued (but much less alarmed for some reason) by your experiment.

    You two have motivated me to embark on my own version of a spending freeze. Drawing on my past as a single mother raising a son and daughter on a schoolteacher’s salary, I decided not to freeze spending completely, but to severely limit what I do spend to an average of $1.00 per meal, $21.00 per week. (I’m making exceptions for my dad’s birthday when I promised to make his favorite dinner, which will cost me at least two weeks budget, and also for Easter, which is one of my favorite feasts of the year.)

    I’m starting with a pretty well stocked larder and freezer so I’m curious how long it will take to really pinch. I’m slightly worried about my coffee addiction which accounted for 25% of my budget the first week. :-\

    Thanks for the inspiration! I’m enjoying reading about your experiences.



  4. An American Family's Food-Spending Freeze
    Apr 12, 2011 @ 01:33:51

    It’s great to have you here, Michelle! Keep us posted on how it goes. 🙂


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