Tuesday, July 01, 2008
The priority list is working
I truly can say we are back in the 70's inflation again (even if the government does not). Everything is not only going up in price, but making a drastic move on the upward side. Whoever puts out government statistics does not know math... only creative bookkeeping. :)
We are on the budget plan for our utilities, where the bill is the same each month until it is adjusted to another level (up or down) in the summer. We just received our natural gas bill with the adjustment for the coming year. We are going from approx. $90.00 a month to $130.00 a month. Last year I believe the adjustment was only a couple of dollars. Yikes! I'm very good at keeping the house cool in the winter but I can do much better at using less hot water. This is war, my friends between us and inflation.
When I was cooking last night, I thought of those items I had purchased from our priority list this past year. The skillet, saute pan, and the sauce pan were all purchased with some of the money I earned at the bookstore. They are all great quality and make cooking from scratch much easier and healthier (since my nonstick skillets had all been chipping the Teflon-- or whatever-- for awhile).
As I've mentioned before, we keep a Priority List so when we get "extra" money in (working at the bookstore, birthday, Christmas, and other gifts) we don't blow it on things we don't really need. Our purchases are well thought out, although I'm sure some people wouldn't always agree with our choices. As I told my daughter recently (concerning comments made about them purchasing the better washer & dryer), I try not to let those kinds of words bother me. We should not judge what is deemed important to other people.
I was telling her about the purchase of the large jars to hold my unbleached all purpose flour and bread flour (shown on the bottom shelf of the above picture). Some would say I should have used the gift card for pantry items but I knew how much these would be of value in the long run. I use a lot of flour and these two items hold more than the average container and they have a very tight seal. Not to mention the red lids make me happy... and sometimes just having things around that makes us happy is a very good thing. :)
Another good thing about buying the large jars, I was able to use the jar which had previously been holding my bread flour for keeping wheat waiting to be ground for whole wheat flour (which is stored in the refrigerator after being ground). It can be seen off to the right, sitting on top of the off white container which now holds soft pastry wheat... the gift that kept on giving... of organization.
The bread knife was purchased with the same gift card. One does not know how dull their old bread knife is until they get a used one. I should have replaced it ten years ago. Although I'm not throwing it out! It works very well for slicing foods other than... bread.
With prices going up, how good it is that we have made those purchases of items needed already. I thought of the difficult time I gave my husband in the beginning of spring when he wanted to use the money he made at the bookstore to get the deck cleaned and sealed. Yes, I have thought of it every time we have had huge storms and enormous amounts of rain pounding that deck. Sigh... it was money very well spent.
I just wrote out a new priority list in my scrapbook journal. Hubby's continues to be added to on an 8 1/2 x 11 page of scrap printer paper. Either way, they are becoming more essential as we must think through our needs as inflation continues to eat away at our income (it has already taken all of our discretionary funds!).
Don't let anyone put you down because of what you know to be important purchases for you and your family. Large jars with sealed lids that are a pretty color of red... keep the bugs out and make my heart sing. With a world that seems crazy right now, items that make your heart sing will become even more important as we spend more time in the kitchen and at home.
This post is part of the Recession Ponderings continuing series of thoughts and ideas.