As I think about living with boys, on a budget, I also HAVE to think about how I am going to feed their ever increasing appetites! My brother, while in High school ate 2 peanut butter & jelly sandwiches AND a big bowl of ice cream BEFORE BED. Not for dinner, not for lunch. AS A BEDTIME SNACK!
So, as I think someday I will have an 18 yo, a 16 yo, a 14 yo, and an 11 yo all under my roof in 10 years, I also have to wonder how we will manage buying all of the food that we will have to have to feed them.
Right now, I have a $70 a week budget. That includes laundry soap, shampoo, napkins, cereal, meat, milk, etc. Everything basically. I deal shop, using coupons. So, I look at all of the sales at several different stores, then I try to see if any of my coupons match-up. If they do GREAT! If not, I still have to consider if I can get it that cheap anytime from somewhere else. If it is the lowest price I will probably see for a while I stock-up! This method has worked well for us this last year (I started doing this about a year ago). We will be doing a lot more gardening and canning/freezing this year also. Hopefully that will help!
I wonder what everyone else does for saving money on groceries and/or feeding boys (or any teens really). Can you give advise to us with younger children? If you have some good advise to give, please leave us a comment or a link if you have written about these things on your blog. Thanks so much, can't wait to hear your comments!