Operation "Thin the Hoard" Lessons Learned
Oct. 13, 2010 1:38 pm
Updated: Oct. 16, 2010 7:42 am
Lesson #1.) It's a lot more fun finding the killer deals than trying to use them up. I am officially bored with cleaning out the pantry, and realized that no matter how cheap it is, I don't need 20 lbs of white rice; I don't even cook with white rice.
Lesson #2.) It's so much fun to try new things. I learned that my whole family (baby and picky eater included) love polenta! Hubby says he even prefers it over pasta, and has asked for it again for his birthday dinner next week. So, though boring, cleaning
out the pantry did have an upside.
Lesson #3.) I didn't have as much cr@p as I thought I did!
Lesson #4.) When buying 80 lbs of flour and 40 lbs of pumpkin, make sure you stock up on sugar as well. Learned this lesson the hard way when I ran out the other day and had to make 10 dozen cookies for hubby to take to work using only brown sugar. At 9
pm when I started baking, I exclaimed "oh no! I'm out of sugar!" And Hubs said "Didn't you just buy 80 lbs of flour? Why didn't you buy 80 lbs of sugar while you were at it?" Love that man. He's not helpful at all, but it's nice that he encourages my
Lesson #5.) I am not a menu planner. I tried last week; I did actually write out a menu, but didn't stick to it for a single meal. I'm just not that kind of girl. For me, food is hugely emotional. I don't know until that day what I'm in the mood for, and
I'm not going to spend time preparing a meal that I don't want to eat. I don't wanna, and you can't make me.
I think the biggest lesson I've learned over the last few weeks is that yes, I buy too much food, but we eat 99% of our meals at home so we use a lot of food. It's just simple math. I also learned that I really need to plug in the freezer in the garage because
I can't get by with the tiny thing under my fridge. When I want to buy 20 lbs of chicken breasts, I want to buy 20 lbs of chicken breasts, not 2 lbs because that's what I have room for. So perhaps I actually learned nothing. I want what I want when I want
it, and I already knew that. But I did save some money, and decided I don't want that bread machine after all. Maybe I'll take that money and go grocery shopping.