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Grocery budget adjustment


We are now half way through the second week of summer.  For the love of all that is holy, the two boys’ appetites have got to find a limit!

We have accepted that $125 a week in groceries was too conservative a number with the boys home for the majority of  the day.  They are both remaining very physically  active with sports camps (one free and one for $50)but with more time on their hands, the food is disappearing at alarming rates!  This is tough bc you never want to begrudge children food but we also have to set some limits.  On the upside, we are not eating out so we don’t have a fast food bleed on top of groceries.  They do not waste the food by any means so that’s good too.  They are  just bottomless pits.  I’ve talked to them about the tendency we all have to snack for the sake of snacking and they both understood.  We have increased food money to $200 per week.  I saved $50 in coupons this past week and that was just regular good old-fashioned couponing.  No stacking, no doubling…just buying what was offered so I’m very pleased with that!

A comment regarding utilities made a good point that our heightened awareness about all spending right now likely impacts our view.  While I know the boys have always eaten a lot, this summer will definitely be a marked increase.  They are growing and now at the age of true athletics.  Once again, we found a way to increase the grocery budget without changing the Dec 2013 payoff.   I’m proud of our planning and saving making that possible.






5 dollar dinners coupon class


I’m looking forward to Friday night!  20 years ago that would have had an entirely different meaning…but THIS Friday night will be spent at a coupon class!  After a post on meal making and grocery shopping, A reader suggested the $5 Dinner Mom website and so I stopped by to check it out a few weeks ago.  I took it as a sign that right there on the welcome page there was a San Antonio offering!  The thought of couponing stresses me out BUT I really think I could get into it!  My fear–quite honestly–is that I will get TOO into it!  I tend to do things in extremes.  🙂  My friend from work who was doing great with her couponing but has fallen off a bit in recent weeks is joining me and you would think we were going to some crazy “girls’ night out” with the way we are talking about this thing!  I’m looking forward to learning a lot and then putting the new skills to work.  I’m already seeing major dents in my grocery spending just with the little bit of thought I’m putting into things.  I DO think that I’m going to have to become proficient at stockpiling laundry detergent bc the homemade brand is not getting rave reviews from the fam.  Actually, that’s not correct…I notice no problems with it, the kids haven’t said a word but the husband is saying a lot WITHOUT a lot of words.  Have I mentioned that he’s slow to accept change? 🙂  Love that guy!  I think I saw him sneak in a bottle of Tide the other day and he might be hiding it for his personal use only!

Here’s the link to what we are doing on Friday night.  If you live in the Atlanta, GA area there’s one there next week.  I’ll report back with details.