Posts Tagged ‘Shopping’

I went to Costco yesterday. I spent ummmm $386 I didnt get any frozen stuff except the steaks for dinner (We were having a BBQ and D had forgotten to take the Elk steaks out) and a few things the children requested that they make on nights that we go out or I’m to lazy to cook. I only cook 3 or 4 times a week honestly. I am trying to be better about it, but its a fact of life with me having a full time job and D not cooking anything that doesnt involve a BBQ grill. I don’t mind it and my kids aer old enough to make chicken bakes, soup, chili and other things on their own….. And by the way, my kids LOVE oatmeal, the plain kind that they can add fruit and nuts to.

I currently have a deep freezer and one of our fridge freezers full of stuff from costsco and then the other one is more than half full of elk meat. Sometimes we have venison or wild pig and other various game that D’s customers have bagged and don’t have room to store all of in their freezers. I would prefer my freezers be full of that anyhow since I know it isnt full of chemicals and water weight.

I digress.

So I get home from my shopping expedition and realize just how out of space I am. Now, I knew for the last 6 or 8 grocery trips that I have had to rearrange things EVERY time I come home with more food. But the amount of stuff I brought home yesterday was just more overwhelming than I realized. I started moving things and realizing that I had nowhere else to actually move them to.

At this point, as a fair assessment, I would say I have about a total of 3 months of normal consumption, maybe 4 if strapped. I’ve enlisted D’s Shop Helper to build me a FIFO shelving system, but he probably ownt get around to it for maybe a month… So for now what I plan to do is take some boards and create some additional shelving in an area that normally contains gun cases (Empty) and put the cases in the gun room where the guns are hanging on the walls. I think there is room in the closet in there.

You have to realize, it isnt just me and D, we have 5 children between the 2 of us and we have a fat ass roommate who I prefer not live here, but he does. This is why a 4 month food supply would such a large amount of space. I need more food service shelves. Wish they weren’t so stupidly expensive. I REALLY with the Shelf Reliance Shelves werent so expensive because I would totally buy those.

I have 3 small dogs. I was supposed to stop after work today and pick up Dog food because we were running low… I got a text while driving home that D had stopped for food, but that it was on sale, maybe I should get some anyway, you know, cause its on sale.

You really need to think about your pets when setting up a plan. How many bags of Dog food do you buy a month? We buy about 1 a month. Until today I had bought an extra 2 bags at different times but when they sell out of them at the store or we don’t see the 44lb bags at the we don’t buy the smaller ones unless it means that our dogs will go hungry otherwise… Why buy smaller amounts, you lose money on it.

so I got 2 additional bags…. If you have the money, try to buy in bulk with sales. We actually could make a bag last about twice a long but we have a roommate with mid to large sized dogs and we also have friends who’s dog come over and pirate food away, it is not a worry so much now. Neither of us mind, but that wouldnt be a concern later.

Just think about it.

If you have a cat, you need kitty litter, food and treats, medications and dental care for them, and all the same for dogs, cept the kitty litter, and maybe chew toys. I thank the heavens our dogs chew on their toys and not on anything else.

Keep track of what you buy your animals, and how often. I know that I had to start paying attention before I really knew how much and how often we truly would HAVE to replenish such things.