I thought this article was pretty funny…
Ok, recently I’ve expanded our shopping repertoire to include the Dollar Store… and with that comes the unfortunate task of figuring out what’s a quality $ Store buy and what I should avoid. I played it safe this last time – only buying sandwich bags and tin foil 8x8s (I use these to freeze foods for future meals). But fortunately I ran across this site that actually outlines some of the buys/skips for the $ Store. So happy that I stumbled onto it, now I know what’s a good purchase or not!
Because it’s so cute – and that kid’s got style!
I was browsing around when I came across this site listing the 100 things her kids decided to play while having no access to TV for a week. It’s a pretty great list and imo it’s really cool to see what things kids will come up with for entertainment… like “line up all the little people in a parade”. I remember doing stuff like that as a kid but I’ve completely forgotten that it can be an hour long activity full of wonder!
Ok folks. So here’s the deal: One of the reasons I started this site was to address and document the many ways/attempts and successes/failures as I try to get our house in gear. One of the things I’ve been trying recently is shopping on a budget and I’ve expanded it to shopping just 2 times a month (inspired by How to Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half)
I planned our meals and grocery list for the whole month, then split it in two based on what was needed for each half. I also estimated (based on past grocery trips) how much each item on the list would cost so I had an idea of what we would be spending. I wanted to make sure that it would work within our budget and, if needed, I would switch up a couple of meals for less expensive options.
This last week I went grocery shopping with a list for the first half of the month and I hit up: the Dollar Store, Fred Meyer and Costco. Before shopping I pulled out $300 cash – because that was ALL that I was spending on this trip – this is the bigger of the two trips this month. I have to share – it was a SUCCESS! I came in under budget (I was so paranoid about what would happen if I overspent… I didn’t want to have to choose on-the-spot what to not buy…) I had to skip a couple of things that would have been healthy impulse buys (like the grapefruit cups at Costco) but I’m so proud that I was able to stay within my limits and stock us up for at least 2 weeks. Some of the purchases I made are actually things that will last MUCH longer; like the 25lbs of flour and 25lbs of sugar – I don’t anticipate using all that in one month…
So, stay tuned for the next installment and whether I am able to stay on budget for the whole month… “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…”
Quick and easy way to tell…
Squidlips Bones Holystone!
Found this article from b-inspiredmama.com and felt pretty good about the methods I use for taking care of kiddo when she’s down and out (couch, movies, juice/water, soup, repeat). So… yeah! for additional ideas
I think the hardest part about this whole thing would be your thumb getting tired while trying to keep pace!