My pantry quandry

No matter how hard I try, I cannot seem to fill up my fridge and pantry enough to keep the boys around my house happy. I had a friend tell me that if my fridge and pantry were people, they’d be the Olsen twins.


I go to the grocery store all the time! I spend money, lots of money, upsetting amounts of money at the grocery store, and the fridge still looks bare. Why is this?

Lynn tells me I don’t shop like a normal American. Instead of shopping for 2 weeks of food at a time, I shop by meal, just getting fresh stuff for the meal I intend to cook.

This baffles me, because I don’t do it on purpose! I think I’m buying half the store, in fact, when I get about halfway through working my way up and down the aisles, I start to get antsy thinking I’ve bought too much. I’m mentally adding up the cart and my palms get sweaty.

Does buying groceries give anyone else anxiety? Am I just weird?

Thank God we have the money for me to go to the store and buy whatever we need, I know I am extremely blessed to be able to do this. Yesterday I filled up and washed my car, and then went to the store and I thanked God for it. But that familiar feeling hit me somewhere between the frozen foods aisle and the Cokes and bottled water aisle. I began to feel like I had over-indulged and was about to blow the bank account up. I never feel like I get the things I need in those last few rows.

Maybe I should start shopping from the other direction, that way by the time I get to produce, I will just pare it down to apples only instead of my usual, apples, bananas and oranges. Yes, that’s what I should do, start at the drug store side and I’ll have a cart full of lip gloss and cleaning supplies. Then I won’t buy food and it’ll be the perfect diet!

It’s funny, I’ve been grocery shopping for my family of 3 now for nearly a decade, and I still get nervous when I approach the check-out counter. You’d think I would be used to it.

I never impulse-buy right there at the end because I’m always fretting thinking I’ve spent too much. But I’ve never had to go put things back or just bail out of the store leaving my cart behind, praise be to God in heaven above.

Well, I think now seeing this in black and white, I am just weird.

I’m rather embarrassed that I just shared all this with you. I think I’ll go rearrange my pantry and fridge and try to make them look more full.


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