Every Saturday I stare at my almost empty refrigerator with joy. Strange right? Most people would think one, you don't have anything better to do on a Saturday, two, why is your fridge empty, and three, your just plain old weird.
See I picked up one of those contractable habits kids sometimes get from their parents. This one's called anal retentive planning. My dad taught us to never waste food. I remember watching him go through the refrigerator checking the perishable produce and dairy, telling my mom which items needed to be used up soon. Back then I found this annoying and I thought him a bit crazy. (Dad if you're reading this I promise it ends well.)
But now I see the "light" or more literal, the back wall of my refrigerator. I now realize that food is money and food wasted is wasted money. Pretty straight forward right? Back then I didn't put two and two together, maybe because it wasn't my money being wasted. That is why ever since I moved in with my husband, for my sanity and wallet, we have made it a weekend tradition to plan out our meals for the upcoming week. This way I only buy perishable food that I need for those meals and recipes. This includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. It's helpful because it's less runs to the grocery store, less time thinking about what to make everyday, and most importantly less waste. Non-perishables are ok to stock up on when there is a good sale, especially since they are stored out of sight, out of mind. But since we try to eat mostly fresh veggies and meats, there is much more money spent on items with a short shelf life. So standing there in front of my mostly empty refrigerator, I am overjoyed thta I planned well this week and excited to think about all the new food and possibilites that will soon stock these shelves.