Sunday, August 30, 2009

Eating Beneath Our Means

A new blog and a new project! We thought that a new blog would be a great place for us to share some of the exciting things going on in our newlywed life together! To kick it off, we are sharing our experience with you as we live for a week, eating out of a box. No, it's not pizza, or a happy meal, but a Children's Hunger Fund Food Pak.

These small boxes cost about $25 to fill and provide nutrition and hope for families in need. They are designed to supply meals for a family of four for about a week. We did make a few adjustments to ours (we aren't quite a family of four...although sometimes we eat like we could be) but none the less, we are challenging ourselves to eat beneath our means. Not only will this give us a chance to experience a small taste of what these families go through, but it will also free up some of our budget so that we can help provide some of these Food Paks through CHF.

It's going to be different, that's for sure. And it may be bland. But hopefully it will help us put in to perspective the amount of money we should be spending on food and simplify our eating habits.

Here are the rules:

  1. We only eat food from the Food Pak- breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, fourth meals, etc.
  2. No eating out.
  3. We only drink water.
  4. We pray daily thanking God that He provides for us in abundance and for the families who live on less than what we are currently eating.
  5. We don't grumble and complain...even if we are hungry when we go to bed!
Here is the CHF Food Pak grocery list and the items we purchased:

  • two canned meat products 12 oz: tuna and chicken
  • 1 bag or box of rice 16oz: enriched, long grain, white rice
  • 1 bag of pinto beans 160z: Goya's frijoles pintos
  • 1 bag or box of pasta 16oz: twirls!
  • 2 small cans of tomato paste or sauce: 1 sm can paste, 1 can cream of broccoli soup
  • 2 canned green vegetables 14oz: green beans and mixed veggies
  • 2 canned fruits: mandarin oranges and peaches
  • 1 bag of salted nuts 6oz: raw Spanish peanuts
  • 1 small box of crackers: saltines
  • 1 box of granola or nutritional bars: crunchy granola bars variety pack

  • Possible additions: peanut butter (check!), soup 12oz can (broccoli cheddar), trail mix, refried beans, cooking oil, dried fruit (apples and cranberries). We also added oatmeal.

  • And...we added tortillas...this is Texas, ya'll!

So, stay posted! Frankie is coming up with the recipes and tomorrow we start cookin! :D


  1. Oh wow, what a cool and creative idea guys! And what a great way to free up some grocery money to help someone else in need . . . that's good thinkin'! I'm so proud of you both! Can't wait to see what the week brings!

    Love you both,


  2. how incredibly cool of both of you!
    I will be following you and praying all the way.
    Auntie Ame

  3. make a way for me to post this to facebook. I think this is awesome what you are doing. I am intersted to see how your week goes.