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MyPlate on My Budget, No Reserves

Check out the before and after pictures of my fridge.

Above you see the what my fridge looks like the last day of the week on my normal food budget.

Below you see what it looks like on the USDA Cost of Food at Home Thrifty budget.

Here’s the door shot:



During Week 1 of the MyPlate on My Budget experiment,  I made my goal.  I stayed on budget!

But you can see for yourself the toll it took on my fridge.

And what about the MyPlate requirements?  Did we meet that goal?

Well, my husband and I both ate fish twice a week, but my kids refused to eat any fish at all.

I met almost all of my veg requirements, but my husband came up short on the starchy vegetable requirement.

The kids fared even worse.

Normally I sneak leafy green vegetables into their fruit smoothies.  But I couldn’t afford to buy enough fruit to make smoothies for them every day.  So then I couldn’t sneak in the greens.

Also, they don’t like frozen spinach as much as fresh spinach, so that was another trick I couldn’t use.

But I tired, I really tried…

Half their plates were filled with fruits and vegetables almost every night.  They just wouldn’t always eat them.


  1. sara says:

    You have a difficult task in front of you for the rest of the month.

    Ideally everything you use from the cupboard or from the fridge needs to be accounted for as many on the thrifty eating plan won’t have the luxury of having reserves.

    I am following this, also live in WA, and know there is no way I can come close to the prices you are paying for things. You are fortunate to have many options in the area you live in but where I am the nearest TJs is 70 miles, Costco is further, and local prices are fairly high.

    We are fortunate that we aren’t in a financial bind that we must live on such a low food budget but I find reading others’ stories such as yours interesting and would hope that those of us who do read them remember to donate to our local food pantries as there are too many who are hungry.

    I look forward to reading the posts for the rest of the month.

    • jenbrdsly says:

      You raise an excellent point. People who follow the SNAP challenge, which I think is $4.50 a day per person, also agree to not eat anything from their pantries. I’m thinking of trying that the last week of the month, once my cupboards are really bare.

      The way prices vary across the same state is really interesting too. That’s why I’ve been trying to include receipts whenever possible. It’s like grocery store voyeurism seeing what other people pay.

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