- only shop for the "needs" for the next 3 weeks! That means I am not going to do any sale shopping for deals to increase my stockpile.
- make meals from pantry stockpile
- make up a full grocery bag for Stamp Out Hunger Campaign
- communicate better with my hubby as to what I feel we need to do regarding the stockpile.
I am off to good start with my challenge!! I shopped only for the needs that we had for this week! I spent less than $30 in groceries for this week!
I am working at making up menus for the next 3 weeks. Stay tuned I'll be posting those in the weeks to come!
The Stamp Out Hunger Campaign is coming up on May 10th!! I challenge you to be a part of it and stick out a bag of non perishable goods by your mailbox for your postal carrier to pick up for the local food banks!
I have talked to hubby some about the stockpile situation. He has told me that his job is secure so there is no worries about unemployment! He doesn't care that I have gotten the items for free or nearly free. He is more concerned with spending and then seeming "hoarding" when we don't have any more room for any other things. His words were "we have too much stuff!". So we have agreed that I am not doing any shopping other than going after WIC and fresh fruits and veggies for the next few weeks. We are going to bring our stockpile down! When I go to shop again I will need to restock all of our meat and several other things, but that is okay because the stockpiling will become more managable!
I have also agreed with him that I need to put him back into the loop of my shopping errands. When we were first married, we did the shopping and the stockpiling up together. However, over the years, he has just trusted me to do the shopping. Obviously, I need his guidance in this area more than I realized!
So I am working at finding that "happy medium"! It is going to take more than just 3 weeks to find that medium but I think I have started in the right direction.
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