In the month of November, Mr. DebtFreeJD and I plan to tackle a big category of our expenses: grocery store spending. We’ve made a pact not to throw away any food in the month of November. More generally, we’ll try to keep grocery store spending way down.
On the theory that the first step to solving a problem is figuring out that you have one and that the second is figuring out how big of a problem you have, I began with THE FOOD CLOSET OF DOOM.
There are many bloggers out there who have beautifully apportioned and meticulously organized homes. I sometimes work 14 hours a day. Ergo . . . we do not.
Despite my work schedule, we cook most nights. We have a pantry. Before tonight, I was never sure what was in there. I waited until Mr. DebtFreeJD was out for dinner this week, bought some frozen Eggo Waffles for dinner, and (heart in hand) set out to tackle the FOOD CLOSET OF DOOM.
I took everything out, cleaned the shelves, and re-organized. I found:
- Actual, useful food (beans, canned tomatoes, beans, etc.)
- Various purchases made during a misguided heath-foods phase (quinoa, macha powder, etc.)
- A ridiculous amount of spices, including a possible life-time amount of nutmeg
- Four aprons. Why do we have four aprons? We don’t even like to clean. I got rid of two of these.
- A dog bed. Dog DebtFreeJD has eaten all previous dog beds and has sufficient fluff that she’s happy sleeping on the floor/cramming herself into our bed in a pinch. We don’t need this. It can go.
- An old vacuum cleaner. If we don’t need four aprons, we certainly don’t need two vacuum cleaners. Goodbye, old vacuum.
- No clean towels. (Laundry is running right now).
- The bedsheets I was looking for over the weekend when we had houseguests. They’ve been moved to their proper place.
After these and sundry other discoveries, I re-organized all the food so that we’ve got a sense of what we have (and don’t).
Even enough space to move Dog DebtFreeJD’s water and food bowls to a location where we won’t constantly be tripping over it.
OK, so the DebtFreeJD household won’t be on Pinterest anytime soon. But, I am pleased with the results of the initial legwork of preparation for Grocery-Bill Reduction November.