35 Day No-Buy Recap!

 

Hello!

So my 35 day no-buy for groceries was officially over on Friday, but I didn’t go grab groceries until Sunday so here I am now, giving a bit of a recap on how 35 days of not buying groceries went.
It went surprisingly well. In retrospect, I don’t know that I could have chosen an easier month to have a no-buy on, because there was both of my parent’s birthdays, Father’s Day, a family dinner in Red Deer, and a family dinner with friends that took care of five dinners, plus loads of opportunities to visit my parents, and my mum is the best and always feeds me. So there’s a bit of cheating there but it doesn’t entirely wipe out the significance of not buying any groceries from May 25th to July 3rd.
So did I buy any groceries?
Yes and no. I bought shrimp on sale with one week to go in the no-buy period, but haven’t eaten any. It was just a really good sale on frozen shrimp, which I actually love! My mum also bought me a clamshell of strawberries after seeing me practically drool over them in the store.
But other than that? No grocery shopping. So what did I eat?

Breakfasts:

Overnight Oatmeal (post coming soon!)
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Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Muffins (post coming soon!)
Hard Boiled Eggs
Everything Bagel with Laughing Cow Cheese

Snacks:

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Carrots, Cucumbers and Hummus
Banana “Ice Cream”
Tortilla Chips and Salsa

Meals:

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Paella (post coming soon!)
Crab and Asparagus Risotto (post coming soon!)
Crab and Asparagus Alfredo (post coming soon!)
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Burst Tomato and Basil Penne (post coming soon!)
Butternut Squash Ravioli with Pesto-Bolognese sauce
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So as you can see, there was quite a bit of variety and fun even though I wasn’t buying “new” groceries, just reworking pantry staples. About three weeks in I started craving green things like lettuce and sauteed spinach, but all in all it was an easy challenge to keep. By the end of the 35 days, all I had run out of were fresh staple vegetables.
All in all, this was a good experience. I had thought about going through July as a no-buy as well, but I think  it will be “Less-Buy July” because all of the great produce is starting to come out. I would definitely do this again, any time I’m looking to save a bit of money, really, because each option mentioned for a snack or meal is incredibly affordable and easy to put together.

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