Saturday, January 26, 2013


Today I am feeling a little out of sorts. I am feeling better physically, but we still have no hot water and it's been a week.  Hopefully that will change tomorrow when Rod installs a new hot water tank. But that's not the problem.  I feel like I have lost control of my household.  I have no idea what's in my freezer which is in the basement, and I can't go downstairs to find out what's in there.  I don't what all is in my pantry because it's so jumbled that you have to search every shelf before you can find what you are looking for.  And it's driving me crazy.  Tomorrow I will rearrange the shelves and threaten bodily harm to anyone who messes it up again!  How do you keep track of all that in your household?   My grocery bill goes higher and higher, and I don't know how to cut it back.  I'm thinking that I need to start planning my menus around the sale ads and what coupons are in the paper.  I run out of ideas of what to fix the grand kids for lunch, which should be healthy, inexpensive, and easy to prepare.  I need to find some way to bring down our debt.  I pay extra on each credit card each month, but still it doesn't seem to make much difference.  Lately, Rod has been talking about retiring in six years, and it terrifies me.  I don't know how I will pay bills on a retirement income.  I am afraid that hitting the lottery is the only way to bring down our monthly output, but even that doesn't make sense since we never play.  There has to be some way to regain control of all that I feel that I have lost control of.  Any outside help or ideas would be greatly appreciated.


Pat said...

We started a list a couple of years back of everything that goes into the freezer. As we use it, we cross it off. It does require rewriting the list to neaten it up once in awhile but it has worked well for the frozen stuff. In the pantry, we try (emphasis on try) to keep similar things grouped together. Lately, I have typed out a one-week menu plan using items from the freezer list and the pantry. I am determined to use up most of our "inventory" before I buy much more and that seems to be working. Good luck! I know until these things get "tamed", it can be overwhelming!!!

Lindabee said...

Thanks Pat