We are always talking about stocking and prepping and crafting and making mixes and baking and cleaning and purging and donating.
Please know that you may not be able to do all these things and that is OK!
People shouldn't feel bad if they don't cook from scratch but use boxed and canned.
People shouldn't feel bad if they don't craft or sew - not everyone wants to.
People shouldn't feel bad if they don't bake - but buy premade instead.
People shouldn't feel bad to be homebodies - that can be the content, happy place (is for me)
People shouldn't feel bad if they use chemicals instead of natural for cleaning.
People shouldn't feel bad if they don't have a years worth of groceries stocked. You have what you think is right and you know what kind of room you have. HOPEFULLY you ARE stocking - just do what you feel is right.
Everyone needs to do what is right for them and their homes. You don't have to fit into any particular type of mold. Do what works for you!
I used to have people that made remarks about my feeding all the animals and spending so much on them. Well, my comment back was "it isn't your money - so don't you worry about it". "I am not asking you for money, so not your concern". That shut them up!!!! LOL
I have been criticized for stocking a lot, especially being alone now. (Not by locals who don't know - just family) Well, what happens if my paychecks stop or I can't get out any more? I will have supplies to survive and won't have to depend on anyone. Odds are those same people who question me - wouldn't help any way!
Having extra dollars has advantages. If you want to eat out once in a while - do it.
If you want to splurge on something - do it.
If you want something new (not need) - do it
We have all been in that position when we couldn't - so it is ok to spend a little when you want. That is why we have all been frugal - so at some point we CAN!
I find that those HARD times we all had have made us stronger and we can do so much more if necessary! Not everyone has the skills. We learned, observed, challenged ourselves, learned skills and know how to improvise. Those are GOOD traits to have. So being poor or having less money can teach many great skills that come in handy at another point in life. Never look down on anyone with little money - they generally can survive about anything.
BE YOU - BE HAPPY - do what works for you. Please don't feel you have to do all the things we talk about here or that you aren't 'keeping' up with others.
We each go at our own pace and that is what works for you.
This is a learning, teaching, sharing, caring and fun place! Not a place to make you feel bad.
As the song says "Don't worry - be happy"!!!!!
(you'll have that in your head now!! LOL)