Monday, February 11, 2013
Do You Shop Just to Shop?
I found absolutely nothing to buy. There was not a thing that I was interested in. Sure, I could have made a list of chicken breasts at $ .99 a lb. or pork chops at $ 1.99 a lb. But I didn't because I looked at the ads with different eyes yesterday. I saw $$$$ signs when I looked at those ads. $$$$'s flying out of my wallet!
That is because I realized there is absolutely nothing we needed that we didn't already have. I have at least a month's worth of orange juice and milk. If I run out of milk, I have plenty of instant dry milk. We only use it in recipes, baking, or for an occasional bowl of cereal anyhow. We have plenty of romaine lettuce, onions, potatoes, celery, carrots, green peppers, apples and oranges.
We have plenty of meat and fish in our two freezers. Maybe not as many chicken breasts as I would like but we have some, along with beef roasts, turkeys, hams, pork loins, ground beef, ground turkey, Italian turkey sausages, kielbasa, chicken tenders, haddock, flounder and salmon. Having taken a recent inventory, I probably have enough meat and fish for the next year. We have many, many cans and frozen bags of vegetables and fruits. I have a variey of cheeses. I also have plenty of canned chicken and tuna on the shelf along with many different kinds of beans and plenty of rice and pastas. In a pinch we have some canned soup and plenty of cheese for grilled cheese sandwiches.
There is a good stockpile of spices, condiments and sauces. I have plenty of olive, canola and peanut oil and many, many, sauces. There isn't a loaf of bread or any kind of roll that I can't make from the ingredients we have on hand along with cakes, pies and frosting.
We have tons of HBA, toilet paper, and cleaning products. So I don't even have to go to the drugstores except for prescriptions. There isn't a thing we need!
So why do I keep looking at the ads and going to the store? It's craziness. In my quest to never throw anything out, I don't want to have things expire before we eat them. We eat all leftovers. I don't waste produce. If I did, I might as well just take the dollars out of my wallet and burn them. Does that statement make you cringe? I know that it bothers me. To be totally honest I have not had anything expire nor have I had to toss anything in a very long time. But I used to because we bought too much.
I don't ever want that to happen again and that is why I tracked how much I used last year by putting a checkmark next to an item on my list of everyday things every time I opened a can or box or took meat or veggies out of the freezer. That way I know exactly what we use in a year. So there will never be any waste.
So I will not be shopping anytime in the near future unless it is something that is at such a rock bottom price that I can't pass it up for the stockpile. It also has to be something from our list that is needed. So I will only stock on those things that I know I need more of to get us through to next January or February. I will let you know when I see a great deal and what I buy when I do it.
Just think of how many dollars I will save shopping this way and how much gasoline I will save. My shopping efforts will be put into our gift giving. I will be looking for the best deals on the best quality gifts for my family for birthdays and Christmas and most of that can be done online.
I will also be spending more time growing more of our own vegetables and herbs this year. As we eat out of our freezers, it will free up room for me to freeze in season vegetables this spring, summer and fall for next winter. In season is the cheapest way to buy those items.
So tell me, how many of you throw food or meds out because you overbought and they expired before you could use them at their prime? Be honest! I will bet a lot of you throw old produce out every week. How many of you throw out those leftovers? Can't you freeze them until you get to use them? I know, I have been there and don't ever want to be there again!