Whole Foods is often referred to as “Whole Paycheck.” So can a regular family eat for a month spending at near the poverty level while just shopping at Whole Foods? I’m about to find out.
December 28: Preparing for the 30-Day “Thrifty Challenge”
A family of three decides to live for 30 days on the USDA monthly budget of $491.10. Could you do it? What if you only shopped at Whole Foods? We are about to find out if this challenge is possible.
January 2: The Thrifty Whole Foods Challenge Begins!
Follow along as a family of three spends 30 days living on the USDA “Thrifty Budget” of $491.10 while shopping only at Whole Foods. It’s quite an experience.
Here’s an example of the weekly breakdown, a complete list of what we ate on week one of our 30-Day Whole Foods Thrifty Challenge.
We’re three days in to the challenge and we’re learning a lot and we’re struggling in some areas and we’re doing okay in others. Here’s the skinny.
We select the first winner of a $125 Whole Foods gift card. Sign up for our email list to be entered to win.
January 6: Meatballs on a Budget
Here’s a low-cost and delicious option for dinner.
Priorities change to proteins and vegetables as we head into week two. But chocolate chip cookies, how do they figure in to the equation?
January 11: Make the Bread, Buy the Butter
A great cookbook and tale of living frugally, one recipe at a time. Oh, and chickens, there’s chickens! And bees and goats. This book is hilarious, smart, and useful!
January 13: Everyday Bread
A great everyday bread recipe from Jennifer Reese and the Tipsy Baker.
January 13: Our 2nd Whole Foods Challenge Winner
Congratulations to our week two winner!
How $4.00 in groceries can bring a grown woman to tears. The continuing tale of living near the poverty level for 30 days while shopping only at Whole Foods.
January 16: No More Buddha Belly
Frugal living is challenging, but it’s possible to learn the basics and adjust in about three weeks. Here’s what I’ve learned so far.
January 19: 30-Day Thrifty Challenge: The Food We Bought
Here is the complete breakdown of all the food we bought at Whole Foods over the course of the 30-Day Challenge, including how much we purchased and the money we spent on it.
January 20: Our 3rd Whole Foods Challenge Winner
Announcing the third of our four weekly prize winners.
After a few adjustments, we’ve got a system down to exploit sales and cook from scratch so that the Thrifty Budget level feels almost luxurious. Almost …
January 27: Our 4th and Final Whole Foods Challenge Winner
Congratulations to the last of our four weekly winners of a $125 Whole Foods gift card.
January 30: 30-Day Wrap-Up: Whole Foods Thrifty Challenge
We’ve finished our 30-day challenge to live at the USDA Thrifty budget level (near poverty). Did we win our bet with Whole Foods?
Editors Note: We have noticed some of you searching for the “28 Day Challenge Whole Foods” and finding up. By all means feel free to go four weeks and not the extra two days. We sure as heck wanted to finish in 28 days when we got there!