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How to help a Hoarder – Part One: Perishables

Happy Easter people! To those who celebrate and to those who do not. I do not, but I did go to work today. I am super guilty of relapsing in my old ways and working way too many days consecutively (again)..and it looks like my next day off won’t be till the 25th of April…which I HOPE IS NOT a public holiday..coz if it is..it means I’ll be working…and my next day off will be May.. !? ANYWAYS, that’s not the point of this post, the point of this post was to gather some tips on how to STOP hoarding. I think this is especially important during a pandemic, as the temptation is there…to hoard as much as you can! Even when you don’t need it at all and you have no space left in your fridge!!~ As a former (?) and daughter of two hoarders…I’ve thought of some ways that perhaps we can resist that temptation and just buy what we actually NEED and not Hoard. Coz hoarding is baaaddddd…

I am gonna seperate this into perishable (food/things with expiries) and non-perishable items (toilet paper). Today’s post will be about FOOD! The next post will be on non-perishables.

FOOD:

  • Buy what you need and try not to be tempted overbuy. 
    Will you actually finish that loaf of bread that is on sale? I mean, yes it looks so soft and fluffy to touch now…but like it won’t be that soft in a few days…it will get stale and hard :(. Unless you freeze it straight away… But isn’t your freezer already full of all the other stuff you have hoarded?!?!
  • Do a stocktake of what you already have at home!
    This is especially important if you have multiple people living at your home, who also go out and buy groceries. There is no point all three of you going out to buy milk, because if you do, you will end up having 3×2 Litres milk expiring in a few days plus another two bottles 1 Litre of soy milk, taking up like half of your fridge. This is what happened to my family…and the funny thing is, most of us are lactose intolerant ?! Before COVID, we usually at MOST have one bottle of milk, which often goes out of date… If you already have lots of fresh fruits in the fridge, don’t go and buy more…just eat what you already have….which brings me to my next related point.
  • Eat what you already have at home!
    If you followed the above step, you would have realised that you already have 10 cans of tuna that you bought last year! So you don’t need another 10! Eat those first before buying more…if you don’t, you will risk LOSING MONEY!!! No point buying more when you already have heaps. If something is really hard to eat (like a tastless nectarine!), try eating it with like yoghurt…icecream or something good xD….to reward yourself…don’t chuck it away if its still good (and healthy)!
  • You will save money and minimise food wastage.
    These points could have been enough to have their own dot point.BUT. Minimalisation is good?! Help stop food from being chucked into our bins, by buying only what you need and will actually eat! You will save a lot of money but using up what is in the fridge. Obviously, it is vital to check expiry dates and throw away mouldy things…But remember, there is a difference between “Best before ____” (which is a suggestion) and “USE BY ___ ” (throw it out now!!).
  • Give away what you know you won’t eat
    Whenever people give me chocolate or something too sweet, I bring it to work. While I don’t do that now (sharing germs is baddd), you can always give things in whole packets to people who you know will actually eat it. For example, my friend sent me some plum candies from Japan…Unfortunately, I am not a huge fan of plum candies…so I regifted the gift to my younger brother who has a massive sweet tooth and will literally eat anything given to him. When I mean regifted, I mean I knocked on his door, and without a word..just put it on his computer table, and left. LOL.
  • Grow your own vegetables and fruits!
    Well, my mum is an avid gardener as I have mentioned…and we have a lot of vegetables that we can eat from her garden…so she used to be like “OMG we need to go out and BUY MORE VEGETABLES”…now she is like “OMG WE NEED TO GO BUY MORE VEGETABLES…oh wait a minute, NAH we good…I’ll just go pick some”. I, sadly do not have a green thumb and have even managed to kill a small cactus that I got for my birthday one year..  ANYWAYS, since this coronavirus, I have decided I am going to try raise a small plant from a seedling.  Woolworths last year gave out free seedlings to people who spent over $30 in one purchase…it’s like the predicted this pandemic would happen! Anyways, I have a seedling for some Pansy flowers…sooo I have put it into my mum’s pot, that already has some succulents growing on it. ANYWAYS, wish me luck that I will remember to water it daily…and will it grow?! Who knows… 
  • Don’t buy in bulk coz it’s cheaper…especially if you know you won’t finish!
    For example, I know being lactose intolerant I can’t have a lot of dairy at once…so having a large tub of yoghurt is a nono :(. I will open it..eat a little and more often than not, I will forget about it and it separates and becomes all watery and gross. I know it costs more to buy those small little cartons of single-serve yogurt…but it really saves me money in the long run, because I actually know I will eat them..I crave yoghurt every now and then…but I want to eat one that isn’t separated and watery!These are all the tips I can think of now… if you have any other suggestions to help stop people hoarding food, please share in the comments below.. And Remember, there is no need to hoard food because there is not likely to be any shortages of food! Supermarkets remain open during this time, so just buy what you need and leave some for others!!!

Watch out for the next post about other items that don’t expire (I thin)~!! Like toilet paper, cosmetics..clothes!

 

Stay safe and wash your hands :)~

 

JL

 

woman in white long sleeve jacket shopping for fruits
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