I’ve been stockpiling my pantry for almost two years now. It’s time to rotate the stock and start using some of these food goods before they expire. Then it would have been a total waste of money. So, I’m reducing my monthly food budget from $500 a month down to $275. That should be enough cash to buy produce, veggies, fruits, milk and dairy products to keep us in good food form for a few months. I have so many cans of beans, so many packages of pasta, dried beans, split peas, lentils and pounds and pounds of rice I could feed a village. What was I thinking?

It’s good to have a stockpile of food and home goods but some limits need to be put in to place. I think I reached my limit.

I think this will help me also for the next few months balance out my budget. I spend entirely too much money on food and I need to stop. I guess it’s that old adage fear of not having enough food that keeps me buying and buying and buying. Realistically, how much can two people eat? It’s not as if we have dinner guests or family over. The media keeps dousing us with so much food insecurity fears that whenever I get inside a grocery store I just keep overbuying and overbuying. Yes, I’ve seen an increase in food prices and smaller packaging but it’s not as if you’re not a careful shopper you couldn’t get through this. Ditto for gas prices. Yes, they’re higher but we haven’t even gotten close to $4.00 a gallon here yet. Prices have been fluctuating for a gallon of gas here between $3.16 and $3.19. We just combine errands and drive a bit less. So far, so good.

Hubby was complaining that I didn’t pick up his favorite brand of sliced deli turkey. That’s because there wasn’t any in stock at the market. He will have to learn to substitute till a shipment comes in. I suppose we all will have to learn to make due with whatever it is we need to make due with.

I used up the last remaining ears of corn yesterday by making corn fritters. This is the first time I made them and it was easy. The hardest part, for me, was slicing the corn off the cob. The recipe was simple (a copy is attached. note: I substituted 2% low fat milk for the cream for obvious reasons) and the corn fritters were delicious. Topped with a dollop of low fat sour cream, they made a nice side dish.

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