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There’s something immensely satisfying about being well stocked up

Written by Louise

When my last relationship ended, I was kind of broke.

Actually, there’s no kind of about it. I was so broke that there were times I couldn’t even afford to order enough cat and dog food to qualify for free delivery, so I was getting a delivery charge added to my order. Worse, back then, I was living in a house that couriers don’t deliver to (something of a fact of life in the Spanish countryside), so every time I placed an order, I had to collect it from my mail box in town and get it home in a taxi.

I was broke, and having to pay delivery charges that I shouldn’t have had to pay, and having to pay for extra taxi rides. It’s no wonder people get trapped in poverty.

The situation only lasted for about 6 months, before I managed to sort my finances, but it felt like forever. Even now, the thought of getting desperately low on food for the animals fills me with fear, so imagine how good it felt when 8 boxes of cat and dog supplies (about 550€ worth) arrived yesterday from Zooplus.

Looks good to me, but I'm not sure the delivery driver was so impressed.

Looks good to me, but I’m not sure the delivery driver was so impressed.

It turned out to be about 150kg in total, so I hauled it all into the conservatory, and left it until this morning to unpack, when the temperature was slightly lower. By the time I’d unpacked it and checked it was all there (Zooplus are usually pretty good – they’ve sent the wrong thing a couple of times, but I don’t think they’ve ever missed anything off an order completely), moved it into the house, then put it away on the shelves in the spare room, I’d effectively moved about 600kg of stuff. That’s my workout for the day!

All unpacked and ready to go inside. (The open boxes on the right have some food in that was delivered loose.)

All unpacked and ready to go inside. (The open boxes on the right have some food in that was delivered loose.)

My goal at the moment is to keep ordering a bit more than I need each time until I’ve eventually got about 6 months’ worth of food, cat litter and other bits and pieces in stock. Ideally, I’d like to have 2 years’ worth in case the Eurozone becomes completely destabilised and supplies are difficult to get, but I think I’ll need a separate storage room (OK, a shed) before I can do that … if I still want to move in my spare room!

Finally, all inside and on the shelves in the spare room. There's enough food there to last about 2 months.

Finally, all inside and on the shelves in the spare room. There’s enough food there to last about 2 months.

One thing I really love is being able to buy things for my animals. It was soul-destroying when I wasn’t able to do it, and it gave me a glimpse of how parents must feel when they’re struggling for money and not able to spend money on their kids. It must be a horrible feeling.

About the author

Louise

Animal lover, asexual, blogger, cyclist, daughter, dreamer, entrepreneur, expat, optimist, procrastinator, reader, realist, rescuer, runner, sister, writer ... Hate labels? Me too. Just read my blog.

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