Today's Quote

“If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” Thomas Jefferson

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

No Buy February?

In the past I have chosen February as a month with absolutely no buying, not even at the grocery. It has always been a good chance to dig deep into the freezer and pantry and use things that need to be used and rotated out. Having this month has always meant that we don't have anything freezer burnt and that fresh produce going into the freezer especially is this year's produce. However, commodities prices are on the rise. Shoot, everything in cost is rising rapidly. So here I am with February right around the corner and wondering if I am going to follow my tradition or not. Since I only go to the grocery about once a month, I have noticed a big difference. Sugar still keeps going up and has been a huge increase over the last year and shows no signs of slowing down. I doubt I will use as much sugar this year as I did last year since I won't need any jams and jellies, but I will need some over the course of the next year. I do go through staple goods on a regular basis and they are something that is constantly rotating in our home. So with all of this said, it seems much wiser to purchase now rather than later. What I am thinking is that maybe I need to use February to simply pad my stock of staple goods and that will be the only buying that I do. Maybe by doing so I can do a "no buy" month later in the year or at least watch the pricing index on goods that I cannot provide myself. While we stay stocked up in these goods and certainly have enough to last us awhile, they do constantly move through our home. So I am thinking that I would much rather pay the cost now while I can rather than pay more of the cost later. So what do you folks think? I am personally thinking that February needs to be staples only month, might as well get while the getting is good. Blessings from the farm, Kat


Kelly said...

The truck driver for our co-op said that prices will get bad within 6 months, and to buy what you can now. Take it for what it's worth!

Kat said...

Yeah that is pretty much the scuttlebut, especially on staple goods. That is why I think February will become staple goods month instead of no buy month. Then the summer months could possibly be no buy months. Blessings, Kat

TaraDharma said...

Having not heard of No Buy Feb., I assume the intent is to get us to think and behave more responsibly in our consumerism. I wouldn't think of not buying from my local farmers every Saturday!

Found your blog via my old friend Mike Hyles. I love to read about people's adventures in living simply. You have a nice blog!