Hooray – our consumables shipment arrived last week. It truly felt like Christmas to open the boxes and find the items I had purchased back in April. Even more important than delightful food and drinks for us, Abby’s crib and mattress arrived.
The first night we put her in there to sleep, we found her completely flipped around the next morning. Apparently she enjoys the extra space!
This was our second consumables shipment. If you are at a post designated to receive consumables, you can ship up to 2500lbs in two separate shipments, as long as your second shipment is sent out before the start of your last year at post. When we first shopped for consumables in May of 2013, it was a big guessing game, and I definitely got too excited about purchasing giant quantities at Sam’s Club. Which would explain why, more than a year later, we still have an almost full container of Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce just hanging out in our fridge.
It’s not that easy to calculate how much of a given item you will need for an entire year (or more). We’re also very lucky that we can order many food products from Amazon prime, and our Embassy opened a commisary last year so we can stock up on other essentials there. Another lesson learned – expiration dates. We purchased two large bottles of ibuprofen that are sitting unopened in our apartment. They expire in September 2014. Maybe we’ll have a lot of headaches in the next few months?
You also have to consider storage. We don’t have a lot of extra space, so there are rubbermaid storage bins stacked tall all over our apartment. Some have shampoo and conditioner, the aforementioned ibuprofen, and some other favorite things.
This shipment was a bit easier because I knew what we could get in Kosovo, and I knew what we missed the most. For JR, that was beer. There isn’t a lot of variety here, so I went to The Party Shop (8 months pregnant) and called him from the store to discuss prices and quantities. The store owner was super helpful and he ordered everything I requested and had it boxed up for me to pick up a week later.
A sampling of the beer order:
JR looked something like this as he opened the boxes:
My needs were very simple. I am a Jif Peanut Butter fanatic. I really think if I ever ran out of peanut butter, I’d have night terrors. You can buy a small jar at the military base, and our commisary carries extra chunky -but WHO eats extra chunky PB? It’s meant to be smooth and delicious.
We’ll see if that lasts me for the next year.
The other thing I really miss is cereal. (Well, that and ice cream, but you can’t ship ice cream, sadly). And I don’t do grown up cereal, I want the sugary deliciousness of Froot Loops, Fruity Pebbles, Lucky Charms and the like. This is what $200 at Walmart will get you!
Any guesses on how long that cereal will last? My goal is Thanksgiving!