I feel like sometimes I should make a post that says "Hello - My name is Cheryl and I am a grocery store addict". I am not a shopper of other things, but put me in a grocery store and I am in my element! I love grocery shopping.
I really do wonder at times if it is an addiction or if I could be borderline hoarder!
As far as addiction - MAYBE - but in my own defense I really LOVE getting a bargain or something for next to nothing. It is very uncommon that I pay full price for anything.
HOARDER - NO I don't ever feel like there is too much - but I DO USE all I buy and I give it away when someone needs it. So no, I don't think I am 'officially' a hoarder.
Do I have enough? YES
Do I need to stop? YES (at least for a while)
I spent a lot of money this week. Tuesday I spent the day shopping at Rural King and Sam's Club. Both are fairly far away, yet they are just a mile or so apart - so that was the day to go!
Rural King was a major cat food stock up. I got 12 cases (24 cans per), so with what I have, I am good for about 4-5 months. Each month I will continue to add, so as not to get as low as I was.
They also have a spicy meaty snack that G loves. It's like a bag of little hot Slim Jim's. They last a long time, so I got 2 bags - we are good for quite a while.
Sam's - well what can I say? Oh my, there is a reason I only go once or twice a year. I really do stock up when I go.
Trash bags - probably good for 1 - 2 years. Paper plates (for occasions) good for at least 2 - 3 years. (The last ones lasted 3 years).
Sweetener (Truvia) - probably 6 - 9 months. Olives a good 6 months. Baking soda (3 big bags) probably 6 - 8 months. (I use for cats, cleaning, laundry, etc.) Pecans - plenty for holiday baking.
Worcestershire Sauce - over a year.
You also see things that you DIDN'T KNOW you needed!!!!!! Like a bag of Jalapeno crunchy toppers (like onions). YUMMO! The possibilities!
Today I went to Kroger - like I really needed to! I did want milk, bread and cat litter. I also got Land O Lakes butter 2/$5, and a couple boxes of tea bags to add back in to stock.
I saw a box of Lemon ginger tea bags on markdown ($1.32) which I thought would be great in Hot Toddy mix for colds this winter. I also got a box of Chai - special blend - tea bags as an adder to nephews gift basket (he loves chai) (2.14).
I came home, and after sorting and putting everything away I have decided I NEED TO STOP FOR A WHILE!
I have enough meat, veggies, fruits, baking goods, cereals, grains, health and beauty, and home canned stuff to last us for ages. I HAVE ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Do YOU ever get this way? Do you ever ask yourself - why did I go to the store again? Why did I spend that money?
Granted, everything will get used - and I am sure you are all the same way. You will use your stockpile to survive or to help others. NO we are not wasteful people - but there comes a time when we all need to take a step back.
Now is MY time. I am going to give it my best shot to stay away from grocery stores for the rest of the month. I really have no need to go. We have plenty of milk and eggs and butter. I still have fresh veggies coming from harvest. I can make 'different' kinds of salads - no need to add lettuce. I have meat and other food that needs to be used.
I want to use up some freezer stock - so I will have room in the event that turkeys and hams go on sale in November. I have no room at the moment.
It is time to use it and be grateful for what I have. I am sooooooo blessed.
So MY GOAL is to stay away from the grocery stores for the remainder of the month of October! USE what I have. Get CREATIVE on recipes and baking.
Maybe, just maybe, I will get a lot of other stuff done. Maybe I will get creative on crafting Christmas gifts. Maybe I will get more canning done - using frozen berries for jelly. Maybe, I will get more deep cleaning and de-cluttering done. Maybe, we can save a little extra money this month. MAYBE!
ANYBODY WANT TO JOIN ME?
WISH ME LUCK!