Operation "Thin the Hoard" Week 1-- FAIL
Sep. 28, 2010 3:27 pm
Updated: Sep. 30, 2010 5:04 pm
Well, it wasn't an epic failure, but apparently either I haven't hit rock bottom, or I'm being enabled by outside influences. In either case, I plead "victim". My attempt to use up some of our stored food actually went okay; I'm able to open and close
the freezer door without an avalanche, and I've used up all but about half a shelf of canned goods, so that's progress. My downfall, however, was the free shipping deal at meijer.com. There are some items that I use up like crazy, such as King Arthur flour,
which is ridiculously expensive at the grocery store. You can buy flour in bulk at KAF online, but unless the order is over $75, you have to pay shipping costs. Meijer has both whole wheat and AP flour available for crazy cheap prices, but you have to buy
it 40 lbs at a time. They also have cans of Libbys pumpkin for cheaper than the grocery store. Sooo.....80 lbs of flour, and 60 lbs of canned pumpkin later.... How's a girl to say "NO" to those kinds of savings when I know for a fact that we'll use it all
before the holidays are over??? My husband had the hilarious misfortune of being home when FedEx dropped off the boxes. See, he doesn't share my vision, nor does he understand the economy of buying in bulk. He's the kind of person that likes to buy toiletries
in trial sizes because they don't take up so much room in the medicine cabinet, and will buy condiments in the smallest container he can find because he likes it when the fridge looks empty. I love him to death, but he doesn't shop with a family of 5 in mind.
He is, however, a very smart guy, and learned years ago that it's best to let me do things my way, especially since I'm in charge of making sure he's fed and taken care of. So when the lovely man from FedEx came to the door with a dolly full of boxes of
groceries, he didn't say a word. Love that man!
As I was unpacking the boxes, Hubs came into the kitchen. I don't remember how the conversation started, but he said something about trying to talk to the women he works with about my love of shopping at Costco and buying in bulk. Of course they sided with
me, and said that it was the most economical way to buy for such a large family. At least they get me. "No, you don't understand," he told them, "She's CRAZY". But apparently they all do it too. So maybe I'm not a hoarder. Maybe I'm just really smart.
Who knew?? In any event, I actually had room for all 16 bags of flour, and 24 large cans of pumpkin, so it's possible that I have an organization problem and not a food storage problem. Maybe I don't have a problem at all. I'm going to keep working on it,
though, because it makes me feel good to use up the old stuff, even if it's just to make room for new stuff. Better luck this week!