At the end of the 'bean experiment', no one mentioned all of the bean consumption that had been going on around the house. That, in and of itself, is a successful experiment.
I mentioned to Seth that he might want to read my blog during some downtime this week. I piqued his interest by saying, "I've been doing a little experiment."
That guy, I couldn't believe it, said, "Did it involve beans?"
I just fed a family of seven for almost a week for about $20! That's $12 for bean dinners and lunches, and another $8 for breakfast (eggs and spinach smoothies). Our pizzas on Friday night cost more than our entire week! If I took this little unscientific experiment and applied it--really applied it--we could potentially cut our food budget by 75%.
I enjoy eating a lavish meal, but at what expense? If our eating habits prevent us from doing more good for others, then we need to change. Perhaps for your family that change may be dramatic, perhaps it will be something that they won't even notice. My crazy bean-eating week proved that my family really doesn't notice what I'm feeding them!
The weighty conclusion of this silly experiment: we are going to make some changes and use them to benefit others. Money that we ate will now be money we can spend on more important things.