Thrifty Thursday


Just another example of why organization is thrifty!

I have been working on our food storage/pantry. Trying to evaluate what we have and what we need. But, in order to do that, I had to get it organized.

Is this just an issue in my home, or are there others out there that go through this on a regular basis? You clean up, organize and get everything just right and then next month you wonder what happened to your beautiful organized area? I just don't get it. I think there is some evil "Disorganizing gremlin" that has a secret access door to my house and just loves to undo all that is organized!

Anyway, getting back to my point, Organization = Thrifty.

As I cleaned out the pantry, I discovered 5 unopened canisters of baby formula, 15 jars of baby food and some other baby food items. Our Little Princess no longer eats or drinks these items. But, here I had this big bag full of new products.

I tried to think of who I knew who had a baby the right age for this but, came up blank. I set the bag aside and would deal with it later.

After doing some errands yesterday, I stopped at our local Credit Union to make a deposit. I noticed a large empty bin sitting on the floor. I asked one of the women about it and she said that was for food donations. I told her it wasn't looking very good. She told me that so many of their customers are being hit so hard these days that they had hoped to try to help out some of the families they know who really needed the help. I love our local C.U. They truly are into the local community. We talked for awhile and the teller said, "I guess when everyone is so financially drained, they really don't have a lot to give". She then talked about the fact that it is hard enough on adults and older kids but, at least they can eat some cheap food finds but, infants and babies, they are so limited on what they can have. And not to mention, baby formula is so expensive.

DING!! DING!!

I told her I would be right back. I raced home grabbed the bag of baby formula and food and some boxes of baby cereal. Then I looked at my pantry and realized, although I am trying to build up my food storage, I am blessed with so many great deals and bargains, I can afford to help someone out a little. So, I put together another bag of everyday food items and went back to the C.U.

I made a pretty good dent in filling that bin. A couple of the women were watching me as I placed the items in the bin and stated that they were mentally tallying up the price (I think that might be a 'teller' thing LOL) and the baby products alone were about $100.00 in total. That kind of caught me off guard. I looked at the stuff and, sure enough, they were right.

I couldn't believe that I had a $100.00 worth of baby food and formula just sitting, unneeded in our pantry! And knowing that there are people out there who could really use this. It was a good lesson learned for me.

What do you have that you and your family don't need, want or like? Do you even know what you have? Take a little time and go through your pantry and see if you have items you wonder why on earth did you buy that and stop off at your local food bank, church post office or credit union. there are a lot of places out three these days taking in donations of food to help out your neighbors.

Being organized not only helps you when you need to find something, it keeps you from "re-buying" the same thing over and over again just because you can't find it in your home. And being organized can help other out in times of need.

I recently read an article from one of the big news magazines that did a study on generosity in tough times. The conclusions were not a surprise to me. people who are thrifty and frugal as a normal way of life are the most generous people. Maybe because we understand the value of our money. Maybe we know what it is like to do with out or worry how the next bill is going to get paid. Maybe we have learned that we don't need every new thing that comes out to be happy.

Sorry, didn't mean to turn this post into any kind of "preaching" type of post, but it was on my mind and well, isn't that the cool thing with blogging? You get to share what is one your mind that moment!

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4 comments :

  1. Good for you for donating your extra supplies!

    Great tip, too!

    When we packed to move last month, I couldn't believe how many things that I discovered hidden in my cupboards. I was actually ashamed of so many things that had gotten shoved to the back and forgotten about.

    When we moved in here, I organized all of my spices..etc. into plastic bins so that I wouldn't "lose" them again. I've also organized my canned goods so that I can see what I have at a glance.

    I totally agree with your comments about blogging, too!

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  2. Tami,
    Thanks for stopping by! I did the same thing with my spices! LOL It is so much easier now that I can just slide the plastic box out and find what I am looking for!

    Diann :)

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  3. I think my spices are the worst for getting lost in the rubble. I need a better system for sure. I recently found I had about 4 different bottles of cinnamon! Sheesh.

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  4. Amanda, I'll match your 4 cinnamon to my 3 garlic powders! LOL

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