When the lockdown started, I distinctly remember stories of people losing their jobs, not being able to shop, and having to get creative with their meals by eating all the things in their house that they hadn’t eaten. Despite the sadness that surrounded it, I thought this was great in a way.
I can’t speak for any of my readers, but I know that many of my family members have food in the freezer and food in their pantries that they aren’t using. It could be that they bought something on sale and didn’t like it that much. It could also be that they bought a bunch of them because it was a deal conditional on quantity. It could be that they had every intention of eating whatever they bought, but completely forgot about it. It could also be that someone gave them things that they expected they would like, but probably don’t.
This is no less true for me than any of my family members. My freezer has a lot of stuff that I should eat before I buy any more. My pantry is a little better. I no longer have 8 boxes of cereal waiting to be eaten. However, there are some things my neighbour gave me–sample products from her food company which don’t really appeal to me, but I feel bad about throwing away without trying–but most things are relatively recent purchases and are not gathering dust….yet.
I didn’t put it down in my resolutions, but getting rid of stuff I will never eat and eating stuff that is already paid for so the freezer and pantry will be empty are goals for this year. I didn’t put it down because except for empty space and a slightly fuller wallet, I don’t know how I could measure that.
In the past couple of days, I did managed to make a few decent meals out of the stuff I had on hand. I have saved a couple of bucks, and created some room in the fridge and freezer. I consider this a big win and more importantly, Today’s Perfect Moment. If I can delay shopping by even one day, that is a win.