Joe Average Buys Groceries

The New Year is upon us, and I am starting it off with a post inspired by activity in the Manitoba Food Bloggers group at the very end of last year. Group moderator and organizer and generally all-round terrific person Shel Zolkewich, posted a poll which stated that according to Stats Canada, the average Manitoba family spent $241.00 per person per month on food.

Now, I eat out a lot, but I thought this might be an interesting experiment to attempt. This is not my first attempt at some sort of budgeted eating. I did a $20.00 a week Lenten challenge a few years back, and more recently I did the Winnipeg Harvest poverty pledge.

Average Joe Grocery bill

ill $51.11 is the total of my first shop for the month.

So, on one level, I know how easy it is to live off of $241.00 for groceries for a month. However both of those other times were based on the idea of restriction. Limiting myself to a certain amount of calories. Giving myself a small, almost infinitesimal idea of what it is like to live daily with the bare minimum or even less.

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Cookie Making Adventures(misadventures)

Aside from a garden out back, one of the things I looked forward to when I moved into the house I am now living in, was the prospect of a full-sized stove and oven in which to do more cooking and baking. Moving in during the heat of summer meant that I didn’t get into the habit right away, so it’s only recently that I’ve started to make more of a conscious effort in this area.

One other thing that comes with moving is that you find you lose things. One of the things I’ve lost is a cookbook put out by a Presbyterian church in Ontario about 50 years ago. That cook book contained the recipe for Ginger snaps that I have always used. This was a no fail recipe. Not having that recipe I decided to search the web for a recipe and ended up with the recipe listed below.

Ginger cookies dry ingredients

All the dry ingredients, mixed together with a fork.

The recipe is called Grandma’s Gingersnaps and can be found at AllRecipes, submitted to the site by RAMB.


30 m36 servings100 cals

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