Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Adventures in Food Storage

Living in a military community is different than living in a regular neighborhood. The scene is always changing because people are constantly moving in and out. Many times people have to be ready to move at a moments notice. In their rush to get moved they realize that they either have too many things to fit on their truck (if they are over the weight limit they have to pay the military, as opposed to the military paying them), or they just can't take everything because they are being moved overseas. Often times they don't have time for a yard sale, or to even drop things off at Goodwill. So it's a regular occurrence to see perfectly good furniture and other belongings out on the sidewalk. And it's common knowledge that it's all free for the taking.

Now, when Mormons move out it's an even bigger bonus because they usually can't take their food storage with them. This was the case last week. I got a call from our old Relief Society president asking me if I could take some things to Goodwill for her (in my new van!!!). I had loaded everything in the back and was about to be on my merry way when she came running out of the house. She asked me if I wanted to take some of her food. I figured she had a few canned vegetables left over and maybe a couple packages of unopened pasta. I was wrong.

This was only 1/3 of the food that she was giving away. It totally made my day and will save me tons on groceries!!


Amanda said...

Wow, that's a lot of food! We used to have a food storage when we lived in Wisconsin. We'd built up a huge supply, but then little moths got into it and ruined everything. Hundreds of pounds of flour and wheat and cornmeal and rice and pasta, all ruined. We've never kept a food storage since.

Jess said...

What a bummer that the moths got into your food storage. I haven't had any experiences with that kind of stuff becuase we've never really had the space or the opportunity to build up a food storage.

Heather said...

Wow, that is awesome you got all that. You just saved a bundle.

I just started our food storage and we have 3 months worth and it is a lot.

Emmy said...

So nice! Lucky you! We aren't in the military but we move a lot for work. Luckily the company provides movers for us but they always complain about how much food we have :)