Great Thanksgiving Challenge

Bobby and I are going to try to do Kath’s Great Thanksgiving Challenge!

Our rules:

  • spend $126 on groceries between yesterday and Thanksgiving, including Thanksgiving dinner
  • whatever is in the house already is fair game
  • 1 night out per week not included
  • Bobby gets to buy lunch once a week without counting it (because I get free lunch from work on Fridays)

Other info:

  • my dad is visiting us this coming weekend (Thursday through Monday morning) so we will have to buy food for him as well for a few days
  • Bobby and I are going to Miami for 4 days next week, and we won’t have to buy any food those days (next Thursday through Monday morning)
  • we are hosting our own Thanksgiving dinner, so we will have to get a decent amount of food for that… we’re buying a Tofurky meal and having a few other things, which I’ll post about eventually.

This is what’s in my fridge right now (the last time we shopped was on Thursday night):

Some highlights:

  • 13 eggs
  • various fake meats & turkey bacon
  • shirataki tofu noodles
  • applesauce
  • orange juice
  • some veggies – plum tomatoes, lettuce, 1 eggplant, 2 red peppers, a few carrots, apples
  • whole wheat wraps, regular tortilla wraps
  • yogurt (Fage 0%)
  • peanut butter, almond butter, bbq sauce, various other sauces and jams

And the freezer:


  • soy ice cream
  • lots of bagels
  • chicken sausages
  • various fake meats
  • bread
  • gyoza
  • frozen seafood (shrimp and an assorted bag)

And we also have food in the pantry – pasta, oatmeal, nuts, bars, etc…  And I have a bunch of fruit in my fruit bowl (more apples, persimmons, and pears).  I also have 3 acorn squash, 2 butternut squash, a weird squash that I don’t know the name of, and 2 pumpkins.

At first I thought this challenge would be impossible, but after looking at what we already have I think we have a very good chance of succeeding.  Let’s see how it goes!  Let me know if you join up!

15 Comments on Great Thanksgiving Challenge

  1. Kath
    2 November, 2008 at 1:07 pm (8 years ago)

    So glad you’re doing the challenge!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Lindsay
    2 November, 2008 at 1:14 pm (8 years ago)

    best of luck w/ this – cant wait to see how you do

  3. Melissa S.
    2 November, 2008 at 2:12 pm (8 years ago)

    i’m sure you’ll succeed! have fun doing it!

  4. jess
    2 November, 2008 at 2:37 pm (8 years ago)

    Congratulations on participating- that’s very cool! Since there’s just one of me I think I’m going to pass on the ‘challenge’ itself and just try to be extra frugal, but I can’t wait to follow your adventure!

  5. mi
    2 November, 2008 at 4:08 pm (8 years ago)

    good luck! great idea too.

  6. Erin
    2 November, 2008 at 5:01 pm (8 years ago)

    Ya’ll are brave! I’m excited to see how it goes down! 🙂
    BTW, that’s my favorite BBQ sauce in history – the TJ’s super sugary Kansas City style one. 🙂 They don’t sell it here, but I have SUCH fond memories of that stuff!

  7. AlliJag
    2 November, 2008 at 6:07 pm (8 years ago)

    I think we are going to try it too! Good luck!

  8. Hil
    2 November, 2008 at 6:12 pm (8 years ago)

    Yay! I’m so excited we’ll be doing this together!

  9. HangryPants
    2 November, 2008 at 6:29 pm (8 years ago)

    Good luck!

  10. VeggieGirl
    2 November, 2008 at 6:51 pm (8 years ago)

    Best of luck!!!

  11. Grounded Fitness
    2 November, 2008 at 7:26 pm (8 years ago)

    I love this challenge. i kind of already do it all the time, so I guess I’m not really participating, but it will be fun to see what other people get/make on my budget.

    Kelly Turner

  12. Danielle
    2 November, 2008 at 8:21 pm (8 years ago)

    Best of luck… this is such a great challenge on sooo many levels 🙂

  13. Meghann
    3 November, 2008 at 7:00 am (8 years ago)

    wow, looks like you are starting off with a house full of food already! Good luck with the challenge 🙂

  14. Amy
    3 November, 2008 at 11:16 am (8 years ago)

    you are seriously adorable !!!! love your blog girl.

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