My Wife and I are having a “Discussion” about F-O-O-D

My wife, the woman I dearly love, wrote:

My hubby and I are embroiled in a “discussion”. ;-) Yep, discussion. On how much food I like to keep available at any one time vs the available space in the kitchen. The food has rather taken over the kitchen, and even taken over part of the garage. I’m not one of those end-of-the-world preppers! But I do believe in buying things when they’re on sale so that I don’t have to pay full price later. But there have been some good sales lately, so everything is rather overflowing with food. read more…

I like to walk though the house without stubbing my toe on something random left on the floor. Granted, that freedom will not be there on a regular basis when we have kids. But stubbing my toe on a can of green beans is not cool.

Stuffed: Food Hoarders
Our house is not this bad, but it is also not as clean as I want it to be. (PHOTO: Inside the Kitchen of a Food Hoarder, cookingchanneltv.com)

I like to walk into a house, sit at the table… and not have to clean the table. I do not feel like my wife is a hoarder… but I do feel like we have too much food (and too much other stuff). Part of our problem is that my wife and I moved from an 1800 square food house, into a 450 square foot house… so every inch of our home and garage are already maxed out.

We have plenty of canned food. And plenty of dried food. I would like the space for just emptiness actually. I am a minimalist. Less is more.

I feel like a safe amount of food is enough for a month (4 weeks) if there was no income to buy more food. We have at least 10 frozen chickens in our freezer. My wife and I easily have more than a month of food (except for milk and fresh foods). So how much food is too much? If you are brave enough to wade into this “discussion” then I would love to hear your thoughts.

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11 thoughts on “My Wife and I are having a “Discussion” about F-O-O-D

  1. UMMM.. from that picture I would say you have too much! 🙂 I think a month worth of food is good. I like to buy things on sale and get rock bottom prices, but sales usually come around every 10-12 weeks. I have a pantry and one shelf in the garage. When they are full….I stop buying. It took me a while to get to the point where I could not buy the good deal, but it is worth it. I am still a bargain shopper though….feeding a family of 7 for about $100/week. Good luck!

      1. Those pics are classified in regards to this online discussion at the wishes of my wife, which I think means I win by default

  2. Sounds to me like your wife likes to be prepared for whatever may come, but may have gone a little overboard. If you are stubbing your toe on items, and the table is covered.. then it’s time to make a change. Knowing how hard that will be for her, I would suggest perhaps a few small changes to start out with, then gradually move into working on slowing down the purchase train. Maybe make a deal to only buy enough food for 3-4 weeks out.. tops… then try to stick to it. Good luck. 🙂

  3. i can and freeze stuff. we have a deep freeze in our garage and a large pantry in our kitchen…. but i keep a month’s worth and whatever fits in the deep freeze. i get accused of being a hoarder at that rate around here. my problem is seeing produce on sale or stuff i know i’ll use, and then not being able to just let it go. if i can freeze, can it, stow it away… i feel it’s almost letting my family budget down NOT TO. 🙂 ugh. i’m probably a hoarder. okay. i’m a hoarder. 😀

    1. 😀 My wife cans/freezes stuff too. If we had the storage space I would not care… but our house/garage is kinda small.

      Hoarder or budget saver… sometimes it can be a case by case basis 😉

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