I'm currently reading the book "7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess", by Jen Hatmaker and I've joined this blog read-a-long by Marla Taviano to discuss each chapter on Tuesday's. First a bit of background on the book (from Amazon):
"7 is the true story of how Jen (along with her husband and her children to varying degrees) took seven months, identified seven areas of excess, and made seven simple choices to fight back against the modern-day diseases of greed, materialism, and overindulgence."
Food. Clothes. Spending. Media. Possessions. Waste. Stress. They would spend thirty days on each topic, boiling it down to the number seven. Only eat seven foods, wear seven articles of clothing, and spend money in seven places. Eliminate use of seven media types, give away seven things each day for one month, adopt seven green habits, and observe “seven sacred pauses.”
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The first chapter is Food and prior to reading the book, my initial thought was that I'm pregnant so I don't see how this can be applied to my life at this time. I cannot suddenly start eating only 7 foods at 33 weeks! However, I'm really glad I read the chapter because Jen talks about many different factors of food such as health, where our food comes from and how many food options we have in our pantry and kitchen verses the rest of the world. Jen counted 240 food items in her house, I have no idea how many we have but it's plenty!
I have had this casual goal to eat through our freezer and pantry food for several months now but every week I justify buying new food options because it fits into my $400 monthly food budget. If it fits into my budget, why not buy more food options? Well I'm also reading
"The Money Saving Mom's Budget" by Crystal Paine and she pointed out that even a $25.oo savings per month could lead to some pretty significant savings over 5 years, make a great donation to a worthy charity or at minimum pay for both Jen and Crystal's books if I apply this rule in March!
So in March, I plan to cut my food budget by $25.00 and use up all the food in our freezer and pantry! That includes you FAD diet Agave Syrup that makes my baked goods taste really dry!!! And capers - why on earth do I have an unopened jar of capers? Any ideas for using these up???