Foodie’s Fiscal Cleanse


I recently watched an episode of Cheapskates on TLC about extreme penny pinchers.  On this particular episode, a gentleman and his wife participated (amongst many other activities) in what they called a “fiscal cleanse.”  For them, this meant they did not purchase a single item for an entire month.  It was a chance to empty out their fridge, freezer and cupboards, and get really creative with what they had.  I really like that idea.

During this past month I haven’t done a lot of cooking.  I was on vacation for almost two weeks and then Mister’s family was visiting so I was practically on vacation a second time.  I realized how little I’ve been to the grocery store lately.  I think I could do this fiscal cleanse thing.  I mean, if you turn on any TV or radio you’re bound to hear something about the upcoming fiscal cliff.  Why shouldn’t I try a fiscal cleanse myself?

empty fridge

Okay, I’m not as extreme as I pretend to be.  I couldn’t keep myself away from spending money somewhere if I wanted to but I think I have enough ingredients and creativity to make the food in my household last for a few weeks.  Plus I’m a freezing machine.  I have containers of soup and bags of fresh vegetables in the freezer to use for months to come.   That’s it, I’m doing it.

On a side note, this post may come to a shock to my Mister who is currently at the casino and up until now, was completely unaware of this idea stewing in my brain.  Surprise babe!



To begin my fiscal cleanse, I’m taking it easy tonight.  I’m going to boil some leftover Pumpkin Ravioli and serve it with a dumbed down version of a sage cream sauce.  Okay, getting hungry.  Stay tuned!

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8 thoughts on “Foodie’s Fiscal Cleanse

  1. I think I’m gonna try doing this fiscal cleanse thing in my kitchen as well, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to make it a whole month… We’ll see!

      1. My boss has offered to bring me food from her kitchen that she doesn’t eat…. Is that acceptable in this “cleanse” as long as I don’t buy anything?

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