See what I mean! (via Hailey Chamber)
Unlike the surroundings of our famous valley, we lived very humbly as my husband was a pastor at a small church in town. Here, we met life long friends, and we hold fond memories of our time in the Wood River Valley.
It was also here that our little family lived on a tight budget. Because of it's popularity, the cost of living in our little town held an expensive price tag. I had to come up with ways to stretch every dollar and make every penny SCREAM!
|Shopping with one child is easy. It's when|
you have to take the pack & keep them from
turning on you.
3. Gather your grocery inserts and compare sale prices. You may be loyal to a store because it's close to your house, but what if the store just a block further has better prices overall. Competition is the name of the game.
4. Gather your cook books and make a menu for a week, 2 weeks, or a month based on your budget and income. Here it is. The KEY to it all. Even if I never did any of the other step, this step alone would save me tons (ok, maybe hundreds). Here's my menu for a week. I don't usually make a fancy chart like this, (this is special for you guys) but I do always write out a menu for my family.
Finally, when you're ready to shop remember these simple rules.
1. Stick to your list
2. Feed yourself and the kids before you go, or take snacks for them if it's going to be a long day.
3. Use cash. It's that green paper we used to put in our wallets.
4. Don't stress if you're using coupons. Couponing is a skill sharpened over time.
Part 2 of this post will go into more details with each step. If you're on a tight budget, hang in there. This blog is all about living beautifully while living frugally.
Have a great weekend All!
Blessings to you,
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