We've become Costco lovers. Third kid was apparently the tipping point, because I just didn't "get it" before. Not a big fan of huge quantities in giant containers that go bad before we can use it. But now? Cheap diapers. Need I say more? But then, there's also...Free samples. The Food Court Chicken Bakes that I don't eat anymore. Fruit smoothies to keep the kids in line. We go as a family because going with the boys on my own is often more than I can get my head around and I hate spending hours of evening or Saturday time alone, grocery shopping. It's a (kinda) cheap family night activity. I guess.
But that's not the point here. My MIL sent an e-mail forward a couple weeks ago that I've thought about every time I've gone to Costco since. Especially since we are getting ready to take our living to a country that, while it has made great strides since I lived there ten years ago, definitely does not enjoy the same variety, economy, and flat luxury that we do...well, it's a lot of food for thought.
So, here's a week's worth of groceries, around the world. (And since I got it in an e-mail forward, sorry I can't give credit to the originator. If anyone knows an original link or has the time to search it out, I'd love to know about it!) Go ahead - count family members, take a look at what they eat...
The Melander family of Bargteheide
Food expenditure for one week: 375.39 Euros or $500.07
The Revis family of North Carolina
Food expenditure for one week $341.98
I don't think we - who enjoy so much plenty - need to apologize. I'm just saying that we should maybe do what we'd like our kids to do:
Look at what you have instead of what you don't.
Stop thinking you need "more" all. the. time.
Say - and feel - "thank you."