So... sometime last week I was making a grocery list and dreading going to the store. I just didn't feel like dealing with it. Eventually laziness won out and I spent the evening communing with my couch instead.
Somewhere in there it hit me - how on earth can I think that I need to go to the grocery store when I have 2 freezers literally bursting with food, cupboards that are soooo full that I can hardly fit any more in them, and a garden full of fresh produce!
I just seem to get myself into certain eating patterns, and then it becomes easier to keep doing what I have been doing than to engage my brain and look at the situation logically. But the truth is that I've got a ridiculous amount of food in this house... so much, in fact, that I'm not entirely sure what I've got!
I think I once read about something called "Parkinson's Law" that essentially says that work expands to fill the time allotted. Well, apparently if you're like me (in other words, if you can't pass up a good sale, and react to stress by stockpiling food) food also expands to fill the freezer space allotted!
So. I'm on a mission to eat down the stockpile to a more reasonable level, and hopefully get the freezer emptied out enough to defrost it before the fall surplus arrives.
I'm not gonna do anything crazy like I did a few years back where I tried to go for a month with only a $25 grocery budget, as I think I could quite possibly go crazy without fresh fruit - especially at the peak of the summer season, but I am gonna try to re-arrange my eating a bit to use up some of my surplus before I buy more.
Anyhow, it's been about a week since I thought I needed to go shopping, and I've barely made a dent - nor have I noticed much difference in my eating. My last trip to the grocery store was on July 28 and I'm betting I can easily make it for a month with only a small trip for some fruit & a few things for dinners with CatMan.
Stay tuned folks... I see a freezer inventory in my future...