I love to stock up on things, especially if I find a good deal. I love being prepared and ready for when we need the next bottle of shampoo or lotion. I also love using something up and being able to throw it out - as long as I have the next jug of milk waiting for me in the fridge.
And stationary, school and office supplies? Don't even get me started!
There is a problem, though. My love of stocking up sometimes (quite often) leads to excess in a hoarding kind of way. I never use up all those birthday cards I bought before I buy more, and I tend to start using the new ones now that I have them.
This month I'm going through an Enough Experiment with Marla, and decided that I needed to concentrate on using up what we have and not spending money on more. What I have is enough, and if I run out then I can do without for a while (unless it's deodorant, but don't worry...I have 3 half used sticks).
The area in which I'm seeing the most impact is in the kitchen. It's driving me crazy that we have run out of milk, but we still managed to eat a delicious breakfast this morning. Really, it's making us eat what we don't normally eat - the food that sits in the pantry or freezer waiting for someday. The food that always gets looked over and neglected because of better, more appealing options.
Each day this week I've had the thought that I should go to the store and grab a few things, but there is also thrill in the challenge of making it through another day using up what we have. Even when it feels like we have nothing to eat, the reality is that we do....we actually have plenty to eat. It's also cut down drastically on the grocery bill, which is always a good thing. I know I'll be stepping into the grocery store within a few days, but I'll do my best to only buy essentials - keeping in mind that I want to use up what we already have.
I'm reminded a lot of Proverbs 30:7...(the verse for which this blog is named)
Two things I ask of you, O LORD;
do not refuse me before I die:
keep falsehood and lies far from me;
give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.
I want to be content with what I have - my daily bread - not wanting more, and thankful that I don't have less.