I went on a serious grocery trip for the first time in several weeks (lately, I’ve been living off pasta, cheezits, cookies and odd ends—vegetarianism at its best). For the low price of $40 and change, I restocked my fridge with strawberries, mangos, apples, eggs, celery, carrots, onions, garlic, rice, salt, pepper, white beans, black beans, tomato sauce, walnuts and pasta.
While our fridge wasn’t completely empty before this, provisions were getting scarce. For lunch last week, I packed a peanut butter sandwich, hardboiled eggs, and frozen broccoli. Not a bad meal, but not exactly cohesive either. For three days before that, I just ate spaghetti with pasta sauce and shredded cheese. It feels downright luxurious to have so much variety and I’ve been reveling in it.
This afternoon, I made banana-nut muffins using the walnuts and some leftover bananas I picked up for free last weekend. Then for dinner, I made pasta with white beans and rosemary for Boyfriend and I. It was fun to try something new, and actually have the ingredients to do it.
I haven’t been avoiding grocery shopping because of low finances (my previous post should indicate that I haven’t been avoiding any spending because of low finances lately even though I should be). Instead, I’ve just been unpleasantly busy and a little down in the dumps, hence the comfort junk food. I’ve relied on what was on hand, or dragged myself to the store if I really felt the need for a pick-me-up. I hadn’t noticed it before, but counter-intuitively my spending probably up-ticked a little as a result. Sure, I wasn’t buying a ton of groceries, but I was running out for a last minute item, like a box of pasta or a snack, a couple times a week. And I was more inclined to buy lunch at work, or get a snack from the vending machine since I didn’t have anything I’d intentionally made instead. Intentionality makes a difference.
This week I have a meal plan. I have ingredients. After tonight’s dinner, I even have leftovers in case of an emergency. I have abundance.