FullSizeRender You can call me K. I’m a thirtysomething editor and writer living in Portland, Oregon, with my husband, B., two cats, three chickens, a Chilean rose tarantula, and our used-to-be-famous dog, Bruce. son, Baby F. (Sadly, Bruce and F did not get along.)

You know that scene in Office Space when Peter Gibbons announces that he hates his job and just up and decides he’s not going to go anymore? I actually did that. Well, minus the embezzlement and gutting a fish on my desk. It wasn’t anything I had ever planned on doing or thought I was even capable of doing, but some rough years in the personal-life department eventually culminated in me walking into my boss’s office and doing exactly what anyone who has ever worked a 9-to-5 for more than a decade thinks about doing at least several times a week.

I fully expected to lose everything—my house, my career, my dignity—but as I’m sure you’ve figured out by now, that didn’t happen. I learned to live on next to nothing, and by the time I got really good at it, I had another job (several, actually) and realized I could parlay all the things I’d learned about shaving down a food budget into something that might help other people, whether they themselves are without work or just looking to downsize. I know there are a lot of people trying to do the “live on a week of food stamps” thing, or undertaking this kind of challenge temporarily, but my goal is to live on $35 a week indefinitely. keep our food budget as low as I possibly can with 3 people while still eating healthfully and incorporating enough produce.

Here’s a primer on how we’re getting it done. By shopping smartly, eating seasonally, using produce from our garden, and getting creative, we find it totally feasible to stay within our budget each a week. If we can do it, you can too.

Contact me: admin [at] 35aweek [dot] com.

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38 responses to “About

  1. I like the theme of your blog. As a professonal chef am always thinking about the per serving cost of meals. I am looking forward to following your blog and seeing what you are able to do.

  2. Great story. You make a good point about boring grunt work. I’ve learned that success in personal finance often requires you to make the “dull” choice even when you’re tempted to spend on other things. I look forward to reading through your recipes!

  3. Hi. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for the follow. 🙂 You’ve got a great blog here. I love the movie office space and good for you on doing what some people just fantasize about! 🙂

  4. Great site. Interesting recipes. Great budget for two reasonable appetites.

    A gal’s gotta do what a gal’s gotta do. Gumption in this economy! I’ll be watching.

  5. Thank you for ‘liking’ one of my recent posts! I’ve had a look around your blog, and am intrigued by your ‘waste-not-want-not’ philosophy. And the recipes look tasty, too! I’ll be following with interest.

  6. That’s a pretty sweet story! I’m loving reading all your calculations. We’re totally working on our food budget, but we’re not quite that good yet!

  7. I think what you’re doing is really cool….and useful. I read your primer page, which was great. I found your blog because you “liked” my post today, which is a chronicle of my husband’s and my challenge to eat on $5 a day per person this week. So I can appreciate that you’ve set a similar goal for your household permanently. Thanks for all the tips!

  8. I love your concept! I would have a lot more extra money if I could ACTUALLY do this! I too had a 9-5 that I couldn’t stand! I just couldn’t do it anymore, life is too short to be unhappy!

  9. Not snacking is SO hard for me! I would definitely lose weight if I did this! Which wouldn’t necessarily be THAT bad! Haha

    • As I’ve learned, if it’s not around, you won’t eat it. None of our pantry food is “grab-and-go”; it all requires some level of preparation, which allows you to sort out in a hurry if you’re REALLY that hungry or not.

  10. Love the idea behind your blog!

  11. Thanks for the like! LOVE your blog 🙂 Can’t wait to learn all the cool recipes and tips you have to share…

  12. I love your blog concept and can’t wait to read more — $35 a week is amazing!

  13. I absolutely love this! You are brilliant! I am just starting out with my blog (Cheaphealthyrecipe) but feel free to use any of the recipes on there. You go girl!

  14. I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award — I am so impressed with each posting!

  15. I like your theme. 35$/week. 🙂

  16. Thank you, thank you, and thank you for what you do here. I so very much enjoy your blog. You have your choice of either or both the Kreativ and Versatile Blogger Awards. Keep up the great work here! 🙂

  17. I think your blog is great and I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. 🙂 http://trialsinfood.wordpress.com/2012/05/12/101st-post-and-a-big-thank-you/

  18. Great Blog. I admire your attitude to life and if we all did this their would be many more people suffering less financial stress.

  19. Great blog, nice to see some tips that are useful and can actually help people! Look forward to more.

  20. I’ve just nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award and The Versatile Blogger Award. I so enjoy following your blog, and it’s my pleasure to introduce more people to it. To see my comments about your blog and the criteria for accepting the nominations, please visit http://lifethroughthekitchenwindow.wordpress.com/2012/09/13/awards-❦-very-inspiring-blogger-and-the-versatile-blogger/

  21. Life Though the Kitchen Window recommended that I stop by for a visit – glad I did!!! Looking forward to reading about your adventures…I love your concept and will be following for your ideas. Looking forward to our ongoing dialogue!

  22. Hi K, hope you (and baby) are doing well! How are things in the land of $35 a week?

  23. Hope all is well in your world – if you find the time / energy / interest to pick up this blog again, that would be great! If not, well, enjoy wherever life takes you next.

    • Thanks! It’s sooo hard to find the time/energy to cook at all, let alone experiment with new recipes AND blog about it, since what little down time I have goes toward my PT job. I hope to blog again soon in some iteration, though.

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