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For a single person, the 3 Squares Vermont Challenge consists of having $38 to spend on food for a week.
This examiner chose the week of March 11 - 18, 2013.
This meant buying the groceries for the challenge that week and only using those groceries for meals.
A person is not allowed to use any food already in their pantry or refrigerator, except spices and condiments or food grown by the person.
The receipts, types of foods and meals should be recorded during the week.
Hunger Free Vermont provided tips, suggestions and several recipes.
Once the decision was made to participate in the exercise, this examiner began my planning meals.
I chose comfort foods, meatloaf, tuna melt, and oatmeal. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, that were easy to make and satisfying.
The next step involved making the grocery list of all the main ingredients, ground beef, tuna, cheddar, milk, bread, orange juice, for example.
Making the list, this examiner put down all the types of meals or meal ideas that could possibly cost under $38.
Consulting the Hannaford weekly circular, it was discovered that St. Patrick's Day was at the end of the week and therefore, all the components for Corned Beef & Cabbage or New England Boil Dinner were on sale.
For those not familiar, that would include, carrots, potatoes, cabbage, to name a few.
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