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Prepping (i.e. Panicking) for the Spark Solution Challenge

Saturday, May 11, 2013

My husband agreed to try the meal plan with me so we set out for grocery shopping today. My typical grocery bill for one week is under $100. This includes getting some toddler-friendly convenience foods, which are NOT cheap.

The food for Week 1 of this plan came to $270. I was sweating buckets as it was being rung up and almost started crying when we got back to the car. Trevor kept reassuring me that we are only doing this for two weeks, it's all whole healthy foods, it's WORTH it to try this out, learn to like more veggies, etc. etc. But I was on the verge of a panic attack.

We got home and I started unpacking things and the waves of stress just kept getting bigger and bigger. I was shaking and felt like passing out by the time I was done.

It sounds so silly. I mean, it IS good healthy whole foods. Our fridge looks awesome right now loaded with fresh veggies and fruits, low fat dairy, and fresh lean meats. Why am I such a wreck about it? We can afford to do this -- maybe not every week, but definitely for the next two. It is NOT a big DEAL. But I finally broke down and just bawled.


I have serious issues with spending money. Clothing shopping usually leaves me feeling like a guilty mess. I clip coupons and always shop the clearance racks. I read every sale flyer in the Sunday paper. Yet, like Trevor just reminded me, food is THE most important thing to spend money on, so why am I having such a hard time with it? It's not like I just threw $270 down on the latest toy or techno gadget. I need to think of it as spending that money on our health and well-being.

Anyways, I feel a bit better after breaking down. I usually do. It's like sometimes my brain just NEEDS my body to break down like that, and then it's such a relief to let it all out.

I will be spending the rest of the day going through the recipes for the first few days of the plan and prepping as much as possible ahead of time. After spending that money I am more motivated than ever to stick to this plan and make sure NOTHING goes to waste.
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    OMG! I totally get like that too! I hate spending money, but if you aren't spending it on good food, what will you be spending more on in the future??? Prepping ahead of time is always a good idea. I try to do it weekly the day I bring food home. Otherwise, it just doesn't get done and most of the time, I toss fruit that has rotted! ugh! I hate throwing away food...
    1800 days ago
    I empathize with you totally! I hate spending money considering how tight things are for my family. I'm really on the fence about trying to follow a meal plan. I haven't had a chance to read as far as I need to yet (book just arrived Saturday eve and I had to work all day Sunday) so I haven't yet decided what I'm going to do. Luckily I work at a produce store so I can more easily buy things as I go along and figure out what I REALLY need. If I can shop the sales, that and my discount will help alleviate the cost somewhat. I hope you're feeling better and find that you can stretch your purchases further than you expected. emoticon
    1802 days ago
    As you enjoy your expense you will appreciate your investment in yourself and your hubby! So sorry you had a panic attack though!

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    1803 days ago
    I too sweat the money things, but in the long run it is something worth spending money on...YOU!! Without you, there is nothing else. So, be good to yourself, remember we are all doing this thing for a reason and you can make adjustments to these plans to make them more affordable. Once these 2 weeks are over, we still want to follow these guidelines, but make adjustments to fit our budgets. They don't want us to go broke in the process.
    I am about to make my list for the supermarket as well.
    Remember, YOU CAN DO THIS!!!
    1804 days ago
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