Seeing the inflation occurring as well as the continued economic malaise, our family has continued to add to our food and other stores regularly. We picked up 10 pounds of pasta and another 30 cans of vegetables this weekend at Publix from their Buy-one-Get-one section. That’s pretty much the only way we buy things now, as we’re just adding to our stores and not trying to fill a pantry.
This month, we’re also going to do a formal written tracking of all expenditures in the household, from the mortgage and utilities to a candy-bar at the gas station. I recommend everyone do it at least 1 month a year, as there is no better way to find the holes in your budget. When I first did it over 10 years ago, I found I was spending more than double my electric bill eating fast food!
I had planned on doing a little Youtube thing on our pasta storage, but my wife beat me to it and was already done when I got back from the warehouse yesterday! She did up 12 bags of pasta, 24 lbs. She also did a bunch of dog food that had been collecting, and that was another 40 lbs. I always find it odd it seems like we put away more food for our two dogs that combined weigh 11 lbs, than my wife and I do for ourselves. We will use up the dog food within a year or two as it has oils in it that can go bad, but we will get a lot more shelf life out of it being stored properly.