This week, let’s TAKE STOCK of our garbage.
Provident Living includes using our resources wisely. As prices continue to rise, this is becoming more than a platitude – it’s essential. One way to see if we are using our money, food, and time wisely when it comes to feeding our families is to check the garbage can.
What is in your garbage?
Are there a lot of take out containers? While there are times when eating out is a viable, sometimes necessary, option for feeding our families, fast food and restaurant food is more expensive and often less nutritious than food made at home.
Are there a bunch of expired leftovers (aka science projects) cleared out of the refrigerator after they were not eaten? Think about how/why that happened.
Are there a lot of boxes and bags from convenience foods? Convenience food from the grocery store, like take out, is more expensive and. again, often less nutritious.
Everyone’s circumstances are different, so this is solely your call: does your garbage show that your household is using your food resources as prudently as possible? If not, call a family council to discuss what using your food dollars effectively looks like in your family and how / what to change so more of your food dollars are going into your family’s bellies – instead of the garbage can.
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Provident living is “joyfully living within our means, being content with what we have, avoiding excessive debt, and diligently saving and preparing for rainy-day emergencies. When we live providently, we can provide for ourselves and our families and also follow the Savior’s example to serve and bless others.” – Elder Robert D. Hales