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If you are looking to give up your chocolate advent calendar this year, we have the perfect replacement; a reverse grocery advent for someone in need.


South Africa (29 November 2021) – We all adore an advent calendar and why not, they bring out the inner child in all of us. As we have gotten older, advents have gotten more luxurious but if that isn’t your cup of tea, a charitable advent may be the way to go!

This advent actually works in reverse, instead of you getting a gift each day, you give one each day. Well, you add one to a box in your home and once it is full, donate it to a person in need.

This is a grocery advent that will mean one family or charity, get a box filled with food to get them through the very financially dry January.

How does it work?

Simple, designate a box in your home, somewhere cool and away from snacky family members (that includes the dog) and each day add an item from the list below or an equivalent. You don’t even need to go to the grocery store to do this, check your pantry and add what you have as long as it is within date.

There are quite a few of these lists around so add and subtract as you see fit but make sure to add something useful each day. Your advent will run from the 1st of December until the 24th of December, so you will add a total of 24 items.

As many of the lists are based in the USA, we have substituted things to be more relevant for local households.

  1. A box of cereal (oats are great!)
  2. A tin of tomato
  3. A box of stock cubes
  4. A bag of mealie meal
  5. A bag of rice
  6. A bottle of cooking oil
  7. A tin of beans
  8. A tin of beef or fish
  9. A box of biscuits
  10. A bag of pasta
  11. A tin of corn
  12. A jar of jam
  13. A jar of peanut butter
  14. A bag of flour
  15. A bag of salt
  16. A bag of sugar
  17. A packet of yeast
  18. A bag of chips
  19. A box of long-life milk
  20. A tin of fruit
  21. A packet of soup mix
  22. A bag of dry beans
  23. A bar of chocolate
  24. A bag of fresh but long-lasting vegetables (potatoes, onions, butternut etc)

What would you add to your box? Let us know in the comment section. You can gift this box to a person in need or to your local charity. You can find a charity near you using our handy list here.

Sources: The Passionate Penny Pincher 
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