Use It Up Challenge: The Breakfast Cereal Smack Down
I opened the bathroom drawer to put away the new tube of toothpaste requested by my wife since she said she was out. Instead of finding a flat, empty tube as I would have expected, I found a twisted, mangled mess. After I straightened it out and pushed all the toothpaste to one end it was still one fourth full. She was ready to throw it out, when there was still plenty left.
Drives me NUTS.
So I added it to the collection of almost empty shampoo and body wash products I have in the bathroom I commonly use in the early morning.
This is a common theme with several products in our house, the most frequent offender being breakfast cereal. She’ll request a certain kind of cereal, eat half of it and then have her preferences change and require a different kind. Eventually we end up with a cupboard of half full cereal boxes where many of them sit in lonely isolation until they fail the stale test and I throw them out.
I recently read a post at The Daily Money Shot that addressed this exact topic. The post challenged readers to use up all their half empty products and not buy any new for the month of June. It really hit home, as I noticed that we currently have quite a collection of breakfast cereal hanging out in our cupboard. So I’m laying down a family ultimatum: No new cereal until we finish what we have.
It’s an all hands on deck, breakfast cereal smack down.
When I announced my intentions, I got the eye roll from my wife. I explained that throwing away half full boxes of stale cereal is wasting food and money and I don’t like doing it. Even though I’m not a breakfast cereal eater, I’m going to set an example by eating cereal every day. I told my family that whether they participate or not, there will absolutely, positively be NO new breakfast cereals until we’ve consumed what we currently have.
How about you? Do you have any collections of half empty products that you could challenge yourself to use up?
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Brock is a software engineer by day and personal finance blogger at night. He is a fitness junkie and enjoys grilling and smoking meat. Married with two children, Brock strives to improve his skills as a husband and father, and is always on the lookout to stretch his family’s budget as far as he can.