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This is Not A HOAX

“You ‘say’ that you don’t buy anything.  You ‘say’ that you’re cleaning the pantry and freezer out.  But, you also share your grocery bill.  There are a whole bunch of meals being eaten that you aren’t telling us about. This must be a ‘hoax’.”

Since this is essentially the week of coming clean, I guess I should too.

The Great Purge is NOT A HOAX.

Does it have rules?  Yes.

Have I shared them all?  Probably not.

Here goes:

Rules:

The Great Purge involves purchasing no proteins (to be used for the supper meal);

The Great Purge does not allow for purchasing of any starches (pasta, potato, rice, etc);

The Great Purge is the main way we are eating all supper meals;

All types (fresh, frozen and canned) of fruits and vegetables are allowable purchases;

Proteins are purchased for breakfast (sausage, bacon, eggs and milk) and for kids’ school lunches (string cheese, sliced cheese and lunch meat, peanut butter);

Starches are purchased for non-supper meals (potato chips for kid lunches, bread for sandwiches, flour and sugar for baking purposes);

The Great Purge does not prevent us from eating out.

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That’s the whole list.

If you are following #ByTheNumbers, my next blog post will focus on what I’m buying at the grocery store.

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Support Our Troops

I was sharing with my husband my frustration of the constant trips to the grocery store.  As school has resumed, I find myself returning to a grocery store every four days.  Honestly, four days is the LONGEST that I can go without a trip for groceries.

We are constantly out of something.  Right now it is milk.

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Yesterday it was bread.

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And we are running low on fresh fruits and vegetables — it was slim pickings for packed lunches this morning.

But, really, how could that be.  I was just there.  Went in for bread and spent $40 and I’m still out of food.

It is a constant battle.

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My husband is retired Army.  He spent 20 years as a supply officer in the Army National Guard.  He has shared with me that he always enjoyed his position because is was never just an exercise.  Infantry – they are exercising or practicing what they would do in combat.  But supply – Food, Fuel and Ammunition – his responsibilities were never practice.  The soldiers weren’t pretending to eat or drive vehicles.  And they might be using blanks, but they still needed rounds of ammunition for their exercises.

So today, when I was venting my frustration, he shared a more detailed story.  When he was deployed to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, they were on a 3-day ration cycle.  Every three days, he sent soldiers to the main supply warehouse to get 3 days worth of rations.  He recalled losing track of what day or date it was during his deployment.  Time was measured by ‘day of rations’ — today is Day 3 of rations.

And I guess that is how I feel.  You may remember my post from summer when I only knew what day it was because we were eating waffles – and we eat waffles on Wednesdays.  So, it must be Wednesday. I guess yesterday at our household was Day 4 of Rations.  Today I return to the grocery to gather rations for the next four days for my troops.

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What Have I Learned: I’m a supply officer – I feed the troops!

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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