DH had to retire from the fire department, his 30 plus years of saving lives and property caught up with his body. The doctor decided that it had enough and needed to stop being punished, so as of August 1st he was retired.
Now we had a “plan” that involved him working for another at least 5 years. In that time all the consumer debt would be paid off, the van would be paid off and we would have about a year’s worth of food in the pantry. Well you all know what they say about plans.
The good news is that all of the consumer debt is paid off. The next step is to pay off the van. If we get a decent income tax refund, that should be take care of the remaining loan balance. If not it will still be paid off with a year or so.
Unfortunately, the pantry isn’t as well stocked as I would like, even if he were still working full-time. I like to have about 3 months worth of food in the freezer and on the pantry shelves. The shopping that was done over the past couple of months was to fill in the gaps, with very little planning and stocking being done.
It is time for me to get back on the stocking and menu planning band wagon. I need to get the pantry restocked and back to my comfort level. My plan this week is to figure out what I have and what needs to be purchased to start to accomplish these goals.
Here is my challenge to you. Inventory your pantry and freezer. See how many meals you can come up with for your family. Think three meals a day, and maybe a snack. Include drinks too.
Would you be able to survive a week without a run to the store? Would you be able to survive two weeks? If you do not have a week’s worth of meals, then make a plan and start stocking your pantry. Once you have a week, move on to two.
Having food in the pantry is a blessing to you and your family.