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.