A Month Of Meatless Shopping Final Results
A few weeks ago Barry and I started a month of meatless shopping. This was a personal challenge we did for several reasons. Some of those reasons why we embarked on such a challenge included:
- higher meat prices generally in the month of March
- tighter personal finances—we live on approximately $1,000/month
- stand up freezer and refrigerator freeze compartments were full
- some meat had to be thrown out due to freezer burn
One final question we had to ask ourselves was, “what is the purpose of stockpiling all of this extra meat if we never eat it down?”
So how did we do?
Let’s See Our Results
Well, generally, I would say that we did pretty good. In fact, I still have enough meats in the freezer to last us for at least another week. So in the area of meats for supper meals, we scored 100 % success.
However, we didn’t do quite as well in our meatless shopping for a month in the area of breakfast and lunch meats. Here, I’ll explain.
Bring On The Bacon
Barry and I eat bacon and eggs every morning. It is a high protein breakfast such as this that makes it possible for Barry and I to do heavy lifting of furniture and appliances all day.
A regular 375 g package of bacon lasts on average of 3 days. Depending on the thicknesses of the slices, the occasional package may last 4 days. I stretched the bacon as far as possible, but the day came last weekend when I broke down and purchased 3 packages. The reason I bought was because I had run out of bacon, however, it also was great timing. It turned out that the bacon was currently on sale for $2.97 a package. Awesome deal!
There is another meat source that Barry and I eat daily, and that is tuna. Barry eats a dollop of tuna and mayonnaise on top of his garden salad for lunch. Myself, I eat a full can of tuna coated in olive oil, and sprinkled with celery salt.
So between Barry and I, we eat 1 ½ cans of tuna every day. As you can imagine, that is a lot of empty tuna cans. In fact, it is an average of 45 cans of tuna a month.
(By the way, we save up those empty tuna cans and sell them for scrap metal. )
As I love my tuna, I did have to break down and go and buy some. In total I had to purchase 20 cans for the month, almost half the month’s requirement. Six of the cans I was able to purchase at a super deal of $0.88/can. I would have bought more at that price but they had a limit of 6 cans, so six cans is what I purchased.
The next 9 cans I was able to purchase at the price of $0.99. One of those cans I was able to also receive 15X Optimum Membership points from Shoppers DrugMart.
The final 5 cans we picked up at WalMart for $1 each. Not the best deal, so next month when I go looking for more tuna, I will be searching for a better one.
Meatless Shopping Final Results
Barry and I successfully came through our meatless shopping month by not having to purchase any supper meats. But I willingly admit that we had to break down and purchase both breakfast and lunch meats.
- 3 packages of bacon at $2.97 each, for a total of $8.91
- 20 cans of tuna for a total of $19.19
- resulting in a total amount spent on meats in our month of meatless shopping of $28.10
As with any challenge undertaken to make personal life improvements, there are successes and lessons learned. So Barry and I are celebrating the success of reducing our costs hugely on our meat purchases for the month. Not quite the zero we had aimed for, but a modest $28.10 instead.
So although not the complete results hoped for, this challenge overall has been very successful.
How About You?
We invited you earlier to join us on this month of meatless shopping. How did you do? Let me know in the comments below.
As you can see, purchasing some meats throughout the month might be depressing, but valuable lessons can be learned too.
I wonder how we will do the next time we do a month of meatless shopping?