Yesterday while reading comments on Sunday's post - Norma gave me an idea. She mentioned that she now buys canned mushrooms, because when she buys fresh - they go bad before she can use them. I have never had a problem with 'shrooms, but there are several things I think we all feel that way about!
There are some things that I just prefer to buy as well.
I know that not everyone can or does garden, so there are many who always buy what they get.
I am curious as to whether you buy fresh, or prefer frozen, or get canned. OR maybe you do garden for many things.
I have never had great success with root crops (other than green onions). It just isn't worth my time (according to me) to try to grow potatoes, or carrots, or beets, big onions, etc. I will purchase what is needed, when it is needed. I can keep those items for quite a while with reasonable freshness.
I will NOT buy water - but that is just one of those crazy 'me' things. I do have a couple cases of bottled water that were practically free - but other than that I store my own and filter drinking water. (I do have the components to make a filter for rain/creek water to safe measures for SHTF).
Now that I have canned my own kraut - I sure never want to buy it again. There is no comparison.
I like to keep frozen berries on hand for various things. I also keep canned fruit - in case I don't have fresh.
I make my own iced tea - don't like bottled.
I prefer homemade bread - but most often (unless bored) I buy it. It is just easier. I admire those of you who make theirs every week!!!!!!!
I prefer to use natural items for cleaning - so don't buy much in that department. I keep pounds of baking soda on hand and lots of vinegar.
I have tons of dried beans on hand as well as rice. I prefer to make myself. BUT I do keep a couple cases of canned beans on hand when I don't feel like making them. (I need to learn to can them myself)!!
What about you? I am curious to see what others do. I am glad this subject was brought up. It is fun to learn from others.
Do you have certain items that you WILL ALWAYS buy - either for cost or convenience?
Do you have items that you WILL NEVER buy?
Convenience has become a big part of our lives today. In the old days - you grew it, raised it, made it, or bartered it - or you did without! Today is not like that in any way.
It isn't a major trip (for most) to get to a store. They are about on every corner.
Years ago the old general store carried what you COULD get. If it wasn't there, odds are you did without. It was a major excursion into the little towns just to get to the general store.
I remember when I was little - Mom and Daddy went to the store on Saturday. Yes, it was as chain store after a certain point. We did have a family owned neighborhood store as well. If it wasn't purchased on Saturday or grown or made at home - you did without or improvised! No daily trips to the store - one trip and that was it and ONLY a certain amount of money to be spent! We made do.
It didn't hurt us one little bit!!!
So, what say you????? I can't wait to hear everyone's answers.
Hope everyone plays along.