“Ey, you gonna finish that?”
“ Who ate all the chips? I didn’t even get a chance to try them!!”
Growing up in a big family of 7, my siblings and I always had an abundance of food in the house. Despite the abundance, I often found that if I didn’t eat try a new snack fast enough, someone else would and I would never get the chance. The flip side was also true. If I didn’t eat it or didn’t finish it, not to worry, someone else will. It didn’t matter if my mom bought us huge gallons of orange juice or big bags of cookies, they would be gone in a matter of days. As 1 of 4 kids, someone was always home munching away at something.
Mr. Quest had a very different childhood. He was an only child and grew up in a small family of 3-his parents and himself. He rarely had snacks at home and at times was left alone at home eating cup noodles or other quick meals he learned to whip up as a teenager.
When we got engaged and moved in together, my food consumption habits needed a reality check. Since I was so used to living with so many people, I would always buy extra at the grocery store. That’s just the habit. My mom always bought a little extra and the food was always gone. I felt like it would be the same now that I was living with Mr. Quest but I was so wrong.
When grocery shopping with him, he would consistently ask me, “Are you going to eat that? How will we finish that before the expiration date?” Or my favorite, “You know we are only 2 people right?” Unfortunately for me, he wasn’t always with me when I did most of our grocery runs and as expected, I ended up throwing away a lot of food. It either expired because we couldn’t eat it fast enough or we didn’t anticipate certain dinners out to celebrate birthdays, reunions, or occasional home cooked meal from mom.
Now on our quest for FIRE, I feel guilty for wasting so much food in our early months together and I’m glad he put us on a grocery budget to keep us in check. I find so much satisfaction when we are able to eat all of our produce on a weekly basis.