One month of buying nothing – day eight. Groceries and gardens.


Carrots from the Capital Region Farmer’s Market


I started the day thinking I needed to buy groceries but a second check of the freezer told me otherwise. There was some leftover  lamb so I decided to turn it into a tagine with a bowl of fresh figs we were gifted. I also discovered fish in the freezer as well as a whole pumpkin, a sweet potato and a whole bag of potatoes in the pantry and a tonne of zucchini and tomatoes from our plot at the community garden (which is run by the Canberra Organic Growers Society) in the fridge. It was a pretty easy decision to avoid the grocery shop for at least another couple of days and use what we already have rather than buying more of everything then throwing the older but still edible food away to make room for the new stuff.

I’ve been working hard at preparing shopping lists and I think my family’s food wastage has gone from about 50% (seriously!?) of the fresh produce purchased to maybe around 20%. Still a lot of room to improve I know but I’m not going to beat myself up about it, I’ll just keep on trying to improve. If you haven’t already, check out the ABC’s War on Waste for some horrible statistics on how much food we all waste.

So after that nice start to the day, I was wondering what to do with my daughter. Instead of driving into town or heading to the coffee shop, we went for a huge walk around our suburb. We picked bright red and yellow autumn leaves and talked about the seasons. We looked at some ducks and played catch. We didn’t spend a single cent but she seemed to have a pretty awesome time. Plus I got a killer workout pushing her pram up and down hills.

Winning all ‘round.



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