So today is day 7 of the 30 Days of Nothing – or whatever it is that we are doing. It’s so convenient that the day number matches up with the date of the month….means all I have to do is figure out what the date is today and we’re good to go.
I thought that I’d take a moment to explain my reasoning behind doing this.
There are so many others in the world who do with so much less than we have on a regular day-to-day basis. I don’t even necessarily mean me as in our family personally. I was meaning “us” as in North American but yes – even us personally, too.
We are not rich by “normal” standards, and yet we live comfortably. Sometimes more comfortably, and other times it’s a bit tighter….
There is also so much waste. It’s sickening to think that we throw away food, clothing, toys, books, etc. without a second thought when others are going without. Even people here in our cities and towns are going without proper food and clothes and “stuff”.
It’s the sheer amount of our “stuff” that get to me. I’m guilty of it too. “Oh, I want that. I deserve this. I need this.”
I’m not saying that “stuff” is bad or that if you need or want or desire something that you don’t have the right to go out and get it.
I’m just wanting to be “AWARE”. Aware of what I need, and what I want and what I have and what i can give.
I want to be able to have extra to give away. I want to have spent less money on crap that I didn’t really need so that I have the extra to buy a hot chilli and a sandwich from Tim Hortons when the guy in the parking lot at Michaels asks me for money. I want to not be so consumed with being busy that I can’t take a moment to walk across the parking lot and get something for him.
I want to be able to give. To give money, support, time, a shoulder to cry on or an ear to just listen. I want to be able to see the person behind the outstretched hand.
I want to not be so consumed with myself and my own needs. I want to be aware and so SO thankful for what I’ve got and for what I’m able to give.
So, this month is me taking account of what we’ve got. Taking advantage of how blessed we are, and trying to be wise with how I spend my money and my time and my energy. It’s about me making sure that what I buy is what we need, and not a waste.
Having said all of that, today I easily doubled my money spent so far this month. But it was money well spent.
We hit the Farmer’s Market and bought $79.41 on Fruit and Veggies. In case you were paying attention, I’ve already bought 10 pounds of apples this month, and so I figured that I’d just get ’em, for cheaper in bulk and so I bought 20 pounds of apples today. They won’t go bad at my house before they get eaten and I expect that they will last for the next two weeks. I’ll need to stash half of them away or my kids will plow through them way too fast. I also got bananas, broccoli, purple cabbage, celery, carrots, cucumber, grapes, oranges, pears, snow peas, peppers (red, yellow and orange), potatoes, plums, acorn squash, butternut squash, yams and zucchini. I also bought a bag of pot barley, some natural tortilla chips and some roasted salted chickpeas.
It seems like a lot to spend on fruit and veggies, but remember that this is primarily the bulk of what we eat.
Then I stopped at the grocery store and picked up some more Almond Milk, Ener-G Egg Replacer (I’m wanting to bake, but I’m trying to not eat eggs right now until Siah settles himself down – allergy wise), Raw Cane Sugar, a 3 pack of Pork Roasts, and some Lean Ground Beef.
The Pork Roasts had 3 in a pack (like I previously mentioned) for $11.62. That’s less than $4.00 in meat for our family for a meal, and there should be leftovers. And the Lean Ground Beef was $1.87 a pound and that’s a great price.
The Egg Replacer, Almond Milk and Cane Sugar were not absolute essentials, but if we want anything to “snack on” then I have to make it, and I can make a whole lot more by buying the ingredients – even specialty ones than if I just went and bought a snack AND…Siah can have some too – that way!
So, at the Grocery Store, I did exactly $36.01 in damage. Combined with the amount that I spent at the market it brings our monthly total up to…….$217.77. Nice!
In meal related news, I realized that I didn’t post the meals from yesterday and so you’ll get another 2 for 1 right now.
Breakfast – Eggs and Toast
Dinner – Grilled Chicken, Baked Potatoes, and Peas (Geli cooked tonight so we were lighter on the veggies than I’d have liked)
Breakfast – Eggs and Toast
Dinner – Ground Beef and Gravy over Brown Rice Noodles mixed with Peas & Broccoli (We had run out to the market and were late getting home and so I threw together what I lovingly refer to as a “Garbage Meal”)
And……Actually I have the next three days meals planned out and so here they are “In Advance” oooo I’m doing good.
Breakfast – Cereal
Dinner – Roast Pork with Roast Potatoes and Yams, and Roasted Mixed Veggies
Breakfast – Super Porridge
Dinner – Chicken Stirfry over Brown Rice with veggies
Breakfast – Eggs and Hashbrowns
Dinner – Lentil Soup
Apparently, we eat a lot of eggs and a lot of apples. What can I say?
Well, I’m off to finish off a few new necklaces and then I’m headed to bed.
I’ll leave you with a question….
What is your position on people who are down and out asking for money?
I’ll share my thoughts on Friday.