While tracking how much food I purchase in a year, I realized that our cabinets are full of foods that we purchased in 2006. For my 2007 numbers to be accurate, I need to either: eat the 2006 food, or give away the 2006 food. My goal for today will be to clean out our cabinets, so that I can determine which foods to eat and which to give away. Then, my goal for February will be to use all of the foods that we already have in our cabinets. I will suspend my “How Much Do I Use In A Year” experiment.
If I can limit (or eliminate) my food purchases for February, I can take the money that I budgeted for this February’s food, and put it into another category. Most of the food that we already have is healthy. We have canned vegetables, bags or brown rice, whole wheat spaghetti, etc. A small portion of the food is “junk food”. I’ll probably give this type of food away. We also have some healthy foods that we don’t like (or that our kids will not eat) that I’ll give to our local shelter.
I have a “love-hate” relationship with food. I love to eat food, I love to shop for food, I love to cook food. I hate that eating many of the foods I love (in the quantities that I love to eat them) makes me fat! I also obsess about food issues, so as I go through the process of cleaning out my cabinets, it will be interesting to see what my emotional reactions will be. If you have “food issues” you’ll understand. Having been reared in the South, where throwing away food is a “sin”, it’s so difficult for me to feel good about getting rid of unused food. Plus, being frugal like I am, I hate the idea of something going to waste. So, on the one hand, there are food items that I don’t need in my house, because they are unhealthy. On the other hand, I HATE the idea of getting rid of something for which I paid good money.