I’ve never liked the word “prepper” – maybe because of the shows on TV where people are sometimes . . what’s the word? Not weird, not aggressive but I guess way more into the “prepping” than I am. I have never wanted to be one of those people and I suppose, depending on your level of prepping, we all have different views of where normal is out the door and weirdness takes over.
This story is more on the weird side of the meter than the normal side of the meter. I’ve told it before but if you want to go read it, it’s kinda funny . . more so now than it was back in 2018 when I wrote it. I have no idea how much toilet paper was delivered to our house. I did a Google search of how much toilet paper each person uses in a year and they say 100 rolls. I don’t think we use that much. Raise your hand if you care how much toilet paper we use? That’s what I thought . . no one. But, I open a six pack of toilet paper and put it in a little cabinet that’s next to our bathroom and I only have to open a new six pack about once a month. We’re downstairs a lot and a six pack lasts about the same amount of time downstairs (longer before we used it to clean up some of Oscar’s messes). So, say we use 12 rolls per month, that’s 144 rolls per year for both of us or let’s just say 75 rolls each per year.
There were four boxes of 48 double rolls. I get so confused on what’s a “roll”. Some are double, some are bigger . . who knows. I’m just going to say 48 double rolls should be 96 rolls . . but . . what if the rolls in our bathrooms are double rolls? OK. I can’t figure this out. I really don’t need to know and I’m sure you don’t either!
No, we did not cause the toilet paper shortage by ordering that much in 2018 but we dang sure didn’t contribute to the problem when there was a shortage because we never needed to buy any. On the other hand, we did pay to move it all here so that 20% we saved was probably spent on moving expense. 🙂
I said at the end of that blog post that we would probably leave toilet paper behind when we die and I stand by that statement.
I’ve said all this before but my grandparents had a garden and they raised all the food they needed for the year. They always had one cow and one pig. I guess they had two cows because they would butcher a cow and a pig but they also had a cow, Spot, for milk and she didn’t get butchered . . at least not that I remember. I don’t know. Maybe they had a bull and Spot had a baby each year. I never quite knew all the details. In the summer when lettuce wouldn’t grow in Louisiana, they did without lettuce. In the winter when there was no fresh fruit on the trees, we didn’t have fresh fruit. My grandma canned what she could, made jelly and jam and that’s what we had. We never expected to have a juicy, ripe strawberry in December. We never expected to have a fresh salad in July. We’d have tomatoes and cucumbers from the garden but no lettuce that time of year.
In my younger years, I lived like so many Americans live today. Almost every day I stopped by the grocery store, bought what I needed to cook for dinner, went home and cooked. At some point I realized I was wasting a lot of time stopping at the store every day and I also realized that if chickens were on sale, it was more economical to buy several chickens and keep them in the freezer than having to buy one at full price when I needed it. That’s pretty much how my “prepping” has evolved to where it is today.
And, on that note . . what’s going on with my prepping today?
While I can’t say . . can’t even guess . . what’s going to happen with our food supply, for us, it’s time to start using what we have – I feel like we’re living in the time for which I’ve been preparing. Will I stop buying groceries and start living 100% off what we have? No. I don’t have that kind of food stash. Will we start eating more dried beans and less meat? Yes!
I’m going to try to share at least one, maybe two, recipes each week that are kind of out of character for us – meatless dinners or meals that have very little meat. I think we can still have quite tasty meals but spend less. These meals will probably almost always contain beans or lentils. No doubt there are some who don’t like beans or lentils but my goal is to share ways we’re cutting back and using what we have so it will be foods we like and enjoy.
We’ll not skimp on food, so long as food is available, but we can do a better job of serving less expensive meals that are still tasty and nutritious. We’ll see how it goes. I’ll post the recipes for a few weeks and if there seems to be any interest, I’ll continue doing it.