The 8 days that stretch to a month
Now for those who clear everything out of their homes to be ready for Pesach a solid 2 weeks in advance, it is fine to have only Pesach foods available. But as my kids do not want to be on meat and potatoes and are restricted from matza due to the minhag of not eating it during Nissan, we still are on regular food, at least until next week. Stretching the Pesach diet to weeks before actually increases the food bill. The options then are limited to Pesach certified at Pesach prices or eating out in restaurants, which adds up to a lot of money, even for the cheapest option of pizza. It also percludes the easy option of boiling up a pot of pasta, one of the cheapest foods around and a perenniel favorite for my children. They could happily eat it for lunch or supper, though we do try to avoid having it for both meals on the same day. That is why I bought several boxes even with Pesach looming on the horizon.
In any case, this Pesach will likely be stretched to the Shabbos following given the Thursday end. My children have already grumbled about that. So a stetch of even more time before is not welcome to them.