It’s an old maxim– popularly attributed to the Great Depression of the 1930’s. I’ve never been a fan of it. No, I’m not against using things up, wearing them out, making things do or doing without. I’m just against the work that comes with it. Yeah. Work. UGH.
Yes, I’m lazy. You knew that. This is no big shocker. Well, it’s time to de-lazify. You see, our personal finances have hit their own mini “Great Depression” (trust me, I’m depressed looking at the amount we’ve spent this year). See… twenty thousand in dental bills is a lot of money for people like us. Thirty-five hundred is a lot for auto repair bills. Add to that replacing dishwashers, computer servers, operating systems, and then paying for things like graduations, weddings, birthday parties… well, at some point, the funds get dangerously dry.
Now the thing is, Kevin has a good job with a steady income. We can weather this storm, but it’s going to take a little teeny bit of sacrifice. I’m thinking about starting with long distance telephone service if you want the truth. If we kill it for six months, that’s three hundred dollars! We can surely live off of cell phone minutes for that long!
So, I got to thinking. Summer. It’s a short three months (that seems like a long three years, I grant you). So… what if we just do a Depression Era Summer? We “make do or do without.” We use things up and wear them out. Now I’m trying to figure out how.
That’ll be a big one. We don’t spend nearly as much on food as a lot of people, but we sure do throw away an unconscionable amount of it. Food that is. Of course, that means money too. It’s horrible. I have a few ideas. I do best when I have a menu plan. I hate menu plans, but they work. So, I’m doing it. Posting it too. If today is Tuesday and it’s lunch time, EAT WHAT IT SAYS FOR LUNCH. Period. Same for dinner… CHAUTONA. *giggles*
I’m also making smaller quantities of food. This is my theory. If I make enough for everyone to have a full serving, plus a couple of spares, half the food will be eaten. If I make enough for everyone to half half a serving, half will be eaten. If I make enough so that I have deliberate leftovers for the next night, the whole meal will be gone and the kids will be clamoring for more. It’s Murphy’s Law. Part two, section four, subsection 32.5 A.
So, I’ll make dinner. Let’s say it’s Lemon Pepper chicken. I’ll use one full chicken chest. That’s it. If the family is still hungry, they can have bread, fruit, salad, cucumbers, or a PBJ. I really don’t care. However, there won’t be any wasted Lemon Pepper Chicken! It won’t end up in the fridge until the chicken sprouts hair and attempts to grow moldy feathers.
Lunch. I’m considering doing a “if the leftovers are all gone, we get ice cream” kind of thing. I mean, the fact is, we’d likely have had the ice cream anyway. So, why not reward ourselves for keeping the fridge free of foods that otherwise get ignored until they are unsafe to eat? Yeah.
I’ll have to think of other things. This is a good start. 🙂