I am a grocery hoarder disguised as a cook who just wants everything on hand. Since we've moved into our house 3 weeks ago, I've spent $600 on groceries. Yes, we have a well-stocked pantry and freezer below the fridge. Our fridge has what we need plus some.
I think that I have an issue with hoarding food. I just cannot stand a bare pantry. Even if I only use black beans once a month, I want to have a couple cans on hand just in case.
I've tried to examine why I'm like this and I'm drawing a blank. My mom hoarded food and was very messy about it. She would leave grocery bags of food on the kitchen floor because her pantry was overloaded with very likely expired food. She would have 4 bottles of ketchup that she had bought at all different times. I hated it. It was a waste of food and you could never find anything.
Yet I find myself buying so much food. I do not let food go to waste and my pantry is very well-organized. We eat our pantry and freezer down to almost nothing at least once, often twice a year just so we don't have old food.
Why do I do this? Should I stop? Does anybody else just feel the deep need to have a lot of food on hand?
BTW: I love to cook but am not overweight at all. I'm a size 4 or 6 depending so its not like I'm eating all the food at once.