From Big City to Deep East Texas

From the big city to rural life

It has been over 8 months since I last posted.  We have made a major change in lifestyle.  We moved from Houston to 5 miles outside of the closest town in Deep East Texas.  We leased a 14-acre piece of property with an old RV park on it and within 3 months of taking it over we have lost all the guests.  Granted, we took it over, not to get rich, but to cover living expenses.  

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Can Openers are important

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Grocery Store Run and Aftermath

We spent 2 1/2 hours in the grocery store and just as long redoing and going through our shelves. We now have one shelf with foods that needs to be considered before choosing anything else for dinner. Luckily we did not have to toss many items. There was a few that was too far past to even consider. I did toss a package of rock hard sugar. I know I could have broke t up a shifted it as I have done in the past, but didn’t feel like it. I found out what I thought was corn masa was actually corn meal. We still do not have much in the way of non-perishable meats, but plenty of beans and rice. I showed the spouse where the store does not carry the non-fat milk and we chose a couple of cans of evaporated milk as well as some qts. of shelf stable almond milk (ouch at 1.99 a qt.) I have about 3 months of veggies and beans and rice. No where near that on the milk or meats. I advised the spouse not to just shove things on the shelves, but to put things in their proper places to make things easier to see what we need. I am trying to figure out how we got one lonely can of carrots (already on the shelf and well within bb date.)

Everything is marked with the month and year of purchase. There is a shelf of condiments that I have no clue on when bought, but they are crazy sauces and stuff the spouse buys on clearance and closeouts.

I did not buy any coffee as I have 2 large cans at the moment and I am the only one who drinks it. I make one pot a day using 1/2 cup of grounds per pot. The price was not at my stock up price. I miss the Master Chef coffee (came in a real metal can) that Walmart used to carry in the stores. I can order it online, but the price is a lot higher than it used to be.

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Grocery Stores and Non-Prepper Spouse

My non-prepper spouse is getting concerned seeing empty shelves of non-perishable foods at the grocery stores. They want to make a list after dinner for a grocery list for us to stock up on. They have gone through the shelves to look for expired foods and using those tonight for dinner. They have found instant potatoes 5 years out of date, I am sure there is more. There was some tuna things that no one could stomach, they talked about giving to the homeless guy that begs for money at the corner. I advised that may not be wise as they may throw it back and break a window as they are kinda aggressive. How are you preparing for the food stamps not getting deposited in March?

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