At the grocery store today I noticed signs about a peanut shortage, informing customers that the peanut butter manufacturers were reducing the varieties of peanut butter which would be available due to the shortage. My thought was, how many more shelves will have signs like these in the near future? Crop production has taken many hits the last couple of hits, world wide.
I’ve urged anyone who reads this to consider building a food supply of a few extra days, to reduce the amount of times spent eating out, to learn how to cook a couple of new things from scratch. I’ve mentioned rising prices more than once, encouraging people to take heed and be ready to change habits if need be to stay on budget. So what have I changed?
This year I dehydrated some potatoes which were starting to get past the point at which I’d bake them. When we have leftover chicken, I cube it up and freeze it for later cooking. That’s a meat that doesn’t get chosen on left over night. I’ve made washable Swiffer pads and dusters from scrap material. I’ve researched homemade cleaners (on the web) and have been trying them out before I need to replace the cleaners I have. I’m learning how to grow food. (Now I have to learn how to deal with the rabbits so I can harvest food, too!) I’ve begun to think about different ways to do things to reduce our electric bill if it starts climbing again. (It’s triple what it was 10 years ago when we first moved into the house.) I think ahead about the household and clothing needs so I can watch for sales. I’ve always been one to do this (I’m a cheapskate), but have stepped up to a different level to be a better home manager.
Those are the things I can think of right now, but I know my overall way of thinking has changed. Even if nothing happens further than it has to date, I’ll be a better home manager for looking for ways to save more money and to do things better.