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MyPlate on My Budget, Nearly Empty

Can I follow the USDA thrifty food plan and feed my family the Choose MyPlate advised daily nutrients? That’s the question I asked this March with MyPlate on My Budget.

Today my experiment is complete!

(And my freezer is really hurting.)

The best thing in there is a rib-roast I bought in December that I’m counting on for Easter dinner.  Other than that, you’re looking at ice, blue ice, some ground beef, some frozen berries from last summer, an old TV dinner I forgot about, and a couple of Annie’s pizzas that I bough on sale for $2.75 each.

This is what my freezer used to look like:

There’s something unnerving about a nearly empty freezer.

I know that this whole experiment was just that, an experiment.  I can go to Fred Meyer and stock up on whatever I like.  I don’t really need to follow the USDA thrifty budget.  But I’m still kind of freaked out.

This is what my fridge looks like now.

(The “after” door shot.)

Here’s what it used to look like.

(The “before” door shot.)

So did I do it?  Can I follow the USDA thrifty budget and follow the Choose MyPlate requirements?


But at what cost?  And could I keep doing this month after month?  Probably not.

I have a bunch of other thoughts to share, but I’m saving them form my “I Brake for Moms” column on April 7th.  Stay tuned.  😉

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