Yesterday i made the decision to go back to Sams Club. To renew the membership and try again to do the whole thing. The theory is amazing and sensible: to buy in bulk at a discount, to store properly, to be well stocked, to not run to the grocery every day, to make large quantities of food and freeze it, to get real about how big our family is now, to plan and list and use our brains to make our dollar and our TIME work for us. To feel like if friends dropped in, we wouldnt have to run to 7-11.
I spent alot of money, but got amazing deals. I took these pictures to show the nice, full, organized fridge, cupboard, pantry and chest freezer.
I bought a box of four boxes of 52 gallon ziplock bags. After 2 1/2 hours of shopping, (alone! yay!) we all worked for 2 hours doling out almost everything into the ziplock bags for storage, freezing, and freshness. I do not want any of this food to be stale, freezer burned, spilled, or forgotten. It was really really fun scooping the dry pasta, frozen waffles, crackers, bagels, shredded cheese, tomatoes, pretzels, frozen fries, and more into the huge bags and putting htem all away. the kids were impressed. they kept saying HOW MUCH DID ALL THIS COST?! And I said "alot". Steve looked pale, but really I spent 2 weeks grocery money and got hopefully 4-5 weeks worth of food.
I didnt buy a single decadent, wasteful, non-food, overpackaged or luxury item besides a cookie dough tub and a huge dry-erase board.