This week I had my menu all planned and I had already seen the inside of Costco and Winco. Then it happened. I did not have a key ingredient to make my scheduled lasagna. I was a little ticked at myself for not checking to make sure I had the Ricotta, but life happens. So did I march my little hiney over to Target to get it? I mean it's literally just down the street. I am proud to say I did not! I used what I had instead and modified my menu to keep me OUT. OF. THE. STORE. I decided to make Baked Ziti instead. I am so glad I did! I got the two thumbs up in between mouthfuls, which always makes me smile.
The moral of this story is that we have an abundance of food in this house for which I am eternally grateful. During this "Pantry Challenge" I have learned a lot about how I shop. I have always been a list maker, but I do mess up sometimes and forget something I need. During this challenge I learned to make do or do without. This new thinking has spilled over from the pantry into all areas of my household. I am not running to the store every time I run out of something. Instead I am using up other versions of my favorites. I am using up all the other lotions I have rather than running to go get more of my favorite scent. My whole mindset is changing for the better!
Right now we are working to stretch every dollar we have during our family's time of uncertainty. I am hopeful that these new "habits" don't go away when our finances change, but instead become part of how we function as a family. I am grateful for the abundance in our lives, but I do not for one minute ever want to take it for granted. Reminding myself to make do or do without is the new mantra continually running through my mind.
Until next time,