What a Waste

Not our fridge, but might as well be

I went grocery shopping yesterday, and when I got home I cleaned out the fridge to make room for the new stuff. I cleaned out the leftovers that didn’t get eaten. I don’t eat leftovers, hubby does. But when so much is shoved in there, stuff gets pushed to the back and forgotten about. I cleaned out grapes I had forgotten that I’d bought that were no longer any good. Yogurt that I attempted to force Tater to eat (the kid lives on hot dogs and chicken nuggets). Cottage cheese that never even was opened from when I was attempting my diet kick (my “attempt” consisted of complaining about not being able to fit into any of my clothes…remember this post?). I threw out milk that had gone bad. Some eggs that had expired. On the bright side, everything was identifiable. I guess I should be glad that I wasn’t unknowingly conducting scientific experiments in there.

What a waste. What a waste of money, a waste of food. As our parents used to say “Eat it! There are kids starving in Africa!”. Well, there are kids starving everywhere. There are families that don’t even have enough money to eat more than a few cheap staples. There are people that would snap up all of our wasted food to feed to their families in a heartbeat. I HATE that we waste so much food. My freezer is so full you can’t even open it without stuff falling out.

So, in an effort to reduce how much stuff we throw away, we are going to eat our freezer, pantry, and fridge empty before I go grocery shopping again. I will have to go for milk and stuff we buy on a regular basis, but no meats, side dishes, snacks, etc… I will keep you posted on our progress…wish me luck, cuz I have a feeling I’ll need it!

And now I’m going to do a major switch in conversation! Today, Activity Mom wrote a post on remedies for soothing the grouchy, little monsters our sweet angels become when they are teething. She included one of my suggestions! There are some really cool ideas suggested for young babies and older babies, so be sure to check out her post if you are in this boat. We are dealing with this with both of the twins right now, I had no idea two little babies held so much slober! Activity Mom’s blog is really, really awesome! She has a TON of ideas for keeping little ones busy with easy to do projects. Really, check her out….you’ll be glad you did!

Have a great weekend!

And so it goes…


  1. Looks like you are having a party!!! I am with you on over stuffing the fridge/freezer and pantry. I have tried to do that a couple of times but then I get bored of the food I have...I know horrible!

    Good luck!
  2. I do the same exact thing. I have started now feeding her the leftovers for lunch (bc lets face it.. they dont care if its leftovers or not ;) and that cuts down on how much I spend on lunch stuff and also uses up the left overs. I do have limits tho.. I dont feed her monday night leftovers for the whole week.. I do monday leftovers on wed lunch then chunk what may be left and tue leftovers on thur lunch.. etc etc. It seems to be working so far! Good luck girl
  3. Diane@InMyOwnStyle says:
    Hi Natalie-
    I am following you from SITs Sat. You are on a happy journey for sure with your 3 beautiful children. My 2 are all grown and I would love to get back some of those times when they were little - it goes by too fast, even though right now you are trying to figure out how you are going to make it thru the day. When my youngest graduated from high school the only thing on my mind was that I would never have to pack a school lunch ever again. I felt a huge burden lifted from my shoulders - silly yes, but a milestone in my world all the same.

    I am also a twin, I have an identical twin sister and we are very close. We have a special bond with each other that we don't have with our other siblings - I can honestly say it is a bit freaky at times how much alike we are and then how different too. As the mother of a single and twins you will really see the difference and similarities as they grow. Enjoy!

    I hope you have a great weekend.
    My best-
  4. Funky Mama Bird says:
    I have the same problem. In fact, we stopped calling that bottom drawer the "crisper" and started calling it the "rotter" because things would get buried in there and forgotten about until they rotted. So sad.

    I have also been known to take a leaf out of DaMomma's book and throw away tupperware containers that are full of unidentifiable rotted remains. Blech.
  5. Jessica says:
    Blah - this is my life. I eat with my eyes, so left overs usually turn my stomach. We've come up with a little (less drastic) system.

    All of our leftovers go on the leftover shelf. A shelf dedicated to leftovers! lol. That way they don't end up back behind the milk, or lost in the vast (...hmm... wrong word) fridge-scape.

    We've also set up specific dates to do the grocery shopping, and I buy the minimum of what I think will get us there.

    My problem is fresh veggies. I always want to buy them at the store, but then I never get to them fast enough and they go bad before I can cook with them.
  6. Shannon @ Posh Pieces says:
    Happy Saturday Sharefest! Love your blog. Cute story. My good friend is the mother of a 2 year old and twin baby boys. I am sure she would get a kick out of your site!
  7. One Love Mama says:
    We moved earlier in the year and ate our entire freezer and pantry, so we didn't have to move a bunch of food. You will be surprised how many great meals you have in there!
    PS Stop by my blog, I have an award for you!!
  8. Emily, Anthro Doula says:
    Happy Saturday Sharefest!

    I love babies :) I'm a doula! Good luck with yours!
  9. bbcd mama says:
    I know what you mean! I feel bad if leftovers go to waste, and I get angry when I find something all the way in the back.
  10. Alison Yariger says:
    I hate to waste food! But I don't really like left overs either. I have learned to divide food and freeze half! I also try to make new meals out of leftovers...hard! I don't know what it is but I just feel better when I have a fully stocked fridge and pantry. I want to be able to give everyone options...
    Boy have I learned that you can throw pretty much anything into an omellete or shepards pie!
  11. The Activity Mom says:
    Thanks for the kind words! =)
    I can't even imagine 2x the slobber and drool! =)
  12. Hope you have an awesome time at the bar-b-que.
  13. I read your post and it sounded like you were talking about my situation. I always buy the cottage cheese when I swear I'm going to 'start my diet' and never get around to opening it! Great minds must think alike ;)

    I like your blog and your ability to keep a blog with a monster and twin babies. You must be supermom :)
  14. OMG... wasted food is one of my BIGGEST pet peeves and we do it all the time, I'm ashamed to admit.

    I don't "do" leftovers and NEVER bring food home from a restaurant. I hate buying stuff that we don't eat and discovering expiration dates.

    The only thing that saves us is the fact that we have a small produce market two minutes form our back door, so we just pop down there to get our side dishes or salad stuff on an as needed basis.

    Funny post!