I have a confession to make. I am not happy, nor comfortable, without a grocery stockpile. I guess you could say it is my security blanket. I'm not quite sure why I feel so strongly about this. The only thing I can attribute it to is the lean years when my son was a toddler and our finances were pretty dicey.
Back in those days I had less than $15 on any given week for groceries, toiletries, laundry and cleaning supplies. I scoured the ads like a mad woman and managed, quite well, to keep us fed. It is that experience that has led to my super thrifty grocery budget and the skills I have honed to make it happen.
Although we have never had a repeat of that experience something in my psyche must want to make sure we are never in that predicament ever again. I thought I could handle weekly meal planning and shopping and keeping a smaller pantry and freezer stocked. Apparently not.
Now that we have the new larger freezer my hunter/gatherer instincts kicked in and I filled that puppy. Granted half of it is full of water bottles to freeze for ice for the refrigerator but I stuffed the other half.
Amazingly it only took two stops at two stores and it all fell into place. I went to Albertsons and Fred Meyer and managed to purchase enough meat on sale and from the markdown bin to easily last us a good three months or so and I didn't spend much at all to do it.
I also have bread, veggies, one frozen pasta dish and an extra loaf of pumpkin bread I made tucked in there as well as some ice cream. Got to have ice cream in this household.
In order to make this work I'll be going over budget a little this month but it will all even out next month because I won't need to buy as many groceries. To me it's definitely worth it and gives me a lot of peace of mind.
How about you? Do your dwindling cupboards make you antsy? Do you keep a stockpile?