Living from my pantry? Why do I feel so strongly about a well-stocked pantry?
5 Days of... Blog Hop,
and I decided I would use this to push me into posting about some
things I've meant to for awhile.
I will -- one way or another -- be posting every day this week on the topic of 5 Days of Living out of my Pantry.
Monday, I talked a little bit about what I mean by living out of my pantry, and a bit about why it is a good idea to be able to. Tuesday I chatted about being able to eat well in a short-term emergency.
Today I'm going to tell you a couple of stories. Because the day got away from me, and I just don't have time for the post I planned. Too much of today was spent driving to North Dakota.
So why am I so passionate about having a solid, long-term pantry option?
We've had issues over the years. More than once. In 2000, we were in a car accident that left my husband unable to go back to his job. I was pregnant, and we had two small children. Because of my pantry, we got by quite well for five months... with a grocery budget of roughly $45 per month.
Fast forward a few years, and Dale's wages were garnished for one of the medical bills from that accident. We had four kids at that point. We spent no more than about $10 per month on groceries when the garnishment was going on, and upped that to $35/week for the next six months while we were trying to recover from the mess those couple months made. And doubled it to $70/week for the next three or four months. That was a pretty long year.
When our well went out this past year, and all of our "extra" money suddenly had to be diverted to paying for a new pump, we (now a family of 7, including one teen boy, and two tween boys) found ourselves budgeting $25/week for groceries. For a few months. I had $4 to spend for Thanksgiving and our Thanksgiving weekend. And yes, we had turkey with a whole lot of trimmings.
In the interest of full disclosure, in some of those times we also visited food shelves. And while that is an amazing blessing, I can tell you that it is a tremendous help, but hardly enough to rely on as a sole source of nourishment. Some amazing people made a huge difference too... grocery gift cards that were given to me, or that I won on blog giveaways...
Because I believe so strongly in my pantry being a bit like an emergency fund, we had choices when things hit hard. We had the option to eliminate our grocery spending for a week, or for a few weeks. Or to drastically cut it for a month or two... or even for a year...
And we didn't starve. Most of the time, we ate pretty normal looking meals.
We didn't empty our pantry. Though we did have times where things were starting to feel a bit bare.
This is why I'm blogging on this topic.
What about you? Looking forward to chatting about living out of your pantry...
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