I bought a crock pot. Jo is clapping right now.
We had a crock pot back in Canada. It was a gift, something I had asked for. I only had it for a few months before we moved overseas but I liked using it. I liked the ease of putting a meal on in the morning and having it ready at dinner.
Instead of buying one when we moved to the Isle of Man I improvised. I slow cooked roasts, soups and stews on our stove. The results were okay.
This is where I confess that I’ve been a dangerous cook. I would occasionally leave something simmering while I was out. This became a more dangerous habit when we moved to a home with a gas range.
I discussed the crock pot purchase at length with my husband. While my life isn’t that busy I still have demands and I still fill my days with work, housework, errands and activities with my son.
One thing that I spend quite a bit of time on is cooking. With our new little one arriving in January I know I’ll have a lot less time and energy to cook quality meals. My husband is already pitching in more on that front but he’ll only be off of work for two weeks once the baby is here. And there are 21 meals a week to get on the table.
I’ve yet to really buy anything for the new baby but I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how we’ll adjust to being a family of four. How we’ll manage feeding ourselves in the manner we’re used to and like: home cooked, mostly no grains, fresh vegetables and fruit and lean meats. Dark chocolate, thankfully, needs no preparation.
While no kitchen gadget can change your life, I think owning a crock pot can make life a bit easier and simplify meal preparation. Particularly when you have a reverse cycling newborn. And when your spouse has found a few meals everyone likes that he can easily prepare before heading to work.
So we bought a crock pot. It’s already made a very good Chicken Tortilla Soup. Our version was made without the tortillas, beans, corn or cheese. Instead we topped it with avocado and served with veggies and dip. Really good and really easy.
Why do you buy the things you buy?
How do you decide if a purchase is a want or a need? And if it’s a want how do you decide if it’s really worth it?
I made this hand dandy flow chart on how we decide on purchases in our household.
There is a whole other side to this on deciding what is a need and what is a want of course. And as you can see, we have some general cash savings that we access if it’s a need item like an emergency flight to Canada or a repair bill for our property in Vancouver. I know a lot of families don’t have that kind of cushion and have to rely on credit or loans for emergencies. We’re lucky to be in this position now that we are out of consumer debt.
Apologies for the huge picture.
How do you make purchasing decisions? Do you discuss it with a spouse, make a list and wait or do you generally just buy things as you need or want them?