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I noticed that everyone around here is very strong on opening bags of snack foods but not so big on finishing them. As a result, we always have an abundance of Pirate’s Booty, vege chips, pretzels, etc. that are open.

So you can imagine my confusion when the other day, Rick opens up a fresh bag of Goldfish crackers while making Dylan’s lunch.

“Why did you open up the Goldfish when we have all these other snacks that need to be eaten before they go stale?” I inquire.

“I thought Dylan might like some Goldfish.”

I crinkle my forehead.

“But she loves all this other stuff to. And it’s already open.”

“I don’t know. I guess I didn’t see them.”

“Really? You didn’t see all these bags?” I do a Vanna White gesture to showcase all the bags.

“I guess not.”

The crazy part? I know he’s telling the truth. He really doesn’t see them.

“But how is that possible? Just help me understand.”

“I really don’t know.”

So in an effort to save money, I’ve come up with an intricate plan to combat snack waste in my home.

A sign.

Potential flaw in plan: Dylan and Summer don’t know how to read and if Rick doesn’t notice all those snack bags, what will make him notice the sign?

I relocate the sign…

That should do it.

Now someone teach Dylan and Summer how to read.

35 Responses to this week’s mantra: if you open the snacks, finish the snacks

  • Pearl Wisdom says:

    I once put the jars of peanut butter and jelly (that my husband had left out on the counter for the bazillionth time) in the middle of the kitchen floor. He stepped right over them without even noticing. I think women have some sort of vision super power that we all just don’t realize.

  • Karin M says:

    My favorite cartoon shows a husband opening a refrigerator that’s filled with butter. In fact, the only thing in the refrigerator, on every shelf, is butter. Yet he’s calling: “Honey, where’s the butter?”
    Obviously, it’s a universal male truth: food blindness.

  • Average Girl says:

    That looks just like my pantry…without the ziploc bags. Yes, we end up wasting a lot (gulp) — guess I wouldn’t be a good sister-wife candidate like Jennifer above (that comment made me LAUGH, BTW!).

  • Bitsy says:

    We’ve got the opposite problem. I have spent so many years griping at my family for leaving things out, that now I find empty packages nicely put away in the cabinet or fridge, so that I just THINK we have more Wheat Thins left, but really we don’t. There’s a scientific term for it – snackamirage.

  • Diane says:

    I’ve got two words for you. Chip Clip. But rest assured, when your young man is a stapping young 9-year-old, thre will be no unfinished snack containers if he has anything to say about it.

  • Tara says:

    I have snackamirage too! My kids put back empty boxes back in the cabinet and then ask why I didn’t buy more snacks! I thought we had snacks…..nope, just empty boxes!
    LOVE the note on the vodka bottle!!

  • Rhonda says:

    Hey, you eat the same things we do! I always wondered if the Eastcoast and Westcoast would converge and apparently they do; in the snack aisle!

  • HaB says:

    Same thing happens in my house. Maybe I need to try the a sign – only I would need to attach it to a 6-pack in the fridge instead of a bottle of vodka.

  • Becky says:

    I JUST had this discussion with my husband, except it was about his shoes (in plain sight, on the floor next to the shoe rack). He couldn’t find them. What are you even looking at when you look in that direction if you don’t see the obvious things??

  • Melinda says:

    My husband is blind in the very same way. Try what I do, hide anything you don’t want him into in the vegetable drawer in the refrigerator. No fail, he NEVER sees anything in there even though the drawer is clear!

  • CSY says:

    UGH! I guess its a universal problem. I ‘kinda’ solved that problem. If we have more than one bag of snacks – the unopened ones go into mommy’s closet (where she eats them ALONE) and no one can have ANY until the others are empty. Also liking the sign placement, never realized vodka was a snack…rum yes.

  • Seriously. If it is not right at eye lever with flashing neon lights, he won’t see it. He says, “Where’s the butter?” I say, “In the fridge on the 3rd shelf,” and he stands there like a [place inappropriate derogatory word of choice here] until I either say, “You may have to look BEHIND something,” or just go get it myself and show him how hard it was to move the jar of applesauce and reveal the goodness that lies beyond.

  • Aging Mommy says:

    On the very rare occasions when my husband goes to the grocery store to get perhaps a few forgotten or last minute items, he invariable returns with only half the things on the list and will assure me that they did not have the other items. Of course I know that yes they did, he just cannot see them 🙂

  • Ella says:

    I agree with Diane: Soon you’ll wonder where all the snacks ARE, as a box of graham crackers will be consumed in its entirety before dinner…

  • Suzy says:

    The dog snacks I keep in a jar for the dogs that stop by here with their parents have gone stale.

    I know I have to toss them but I keep thinking, What if there’s an earthquake and I have nothing to eat but those stale dog treats?

    So I keep them because you know, NO FOOD = stale dog treat consumption by crazy earthquake survivor.

  • anymommy says:

    Oh yeah, I get this. Really, really, get this. Matt leaves all three gallons of milk on the counter every single morning. I have asked, nagged, begged and ignored. Now, I just put all the milk away without comment. The other day, I hadn’t gotten to the milk yet and he went to the fridge to put milk in his coffee and the man was all, “WHERE IS THE MILK?”


  • ~Laura says:

    Genius! I may now make a similar sign regarding a certain peanut butter knife that ends up all over my kitchen sink every morning and can’t seem to find it’s way to the dishwasher without my assistance.

  • OMG! That is my cupboard!

    And I TOTALLY do not understand how guys don’t see stuff like that. One time (well, actually more than one time) I saw my husband walk around a fallen napkin while walking past the trash can.

    He did not see it. And I do not understand.

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