That is all I seem to think to myself at the check out line in every store I visit. I don’t care how many coupons I clipped and carefully calculated my cart – the total always trumps me. Every freaking time.
Not only is it getting old, it is extremely frustrating.
We eat healthy 80% of the time. So shopping for produce is a must –
20% of the time we may order in or swing through a drive thru.
The boys eat as if they were training to for a fitness competition. The shelves are emptied just as quickly as they were stocked. Just when I think I bought enough to last a week, I’m back at the store 4 days later.
This has to stop and I do not know how.
We need food. We need toiletries.
And we are not fancy. I mean, toothpaste, mouthwash, body soap, razors, tampons, clorox wipes, baby wipes etc. Our list does not consist of fancy face creams or makeup. You won’t find high end toiletries in our closet. So how the heck does my cart add up so fast and the money just seem to pour out of our pockets??
In 2015 something has to change. It is not easy to cut back when you feel like you cut back already. I often think, what could I do without? When my cart is full of everything we need.
We cannot be the only family who struggles with this? Anyone else have trouble sticking to a budget + still getting everything they need?
On average – between groceries, toiletries and grabbing a treat here and there I probably spend $600-$700 a month. As I am typing this Brody has his 3rd snow day in a row – they are dumping pounds of legos on the floors upstairs and as I am bummed about this ever-growing lack of budget I am overwhelmed with going in circles with kiddos they have their off days of not listening.
It is so easy to get discouraged on days like these. Went into target for dish soap, tampons, clorox wipes, waffles etc and walked out with a $106 tab. Kids are in sheer destroy mode, getting a little stir crazy from days in with the cold crummy weather.
Days like these where I am constantly racking my brain how I can do things better?
Make money for my family. Stay on top of this big house and the mess that comes along with it. It is only 11:30 and I just want today to be over with.
I know, geez Abby, you grumpy brat today.
But, some days, motherhood is tough. Parenting isn’t easy. And life is just messy.
So, I want to know your tips to make it a bit easier.
Am I out of line with our budget? What do you moms spend grocery shopping a month? Including the extras like toilet paper and paper towels. Keep in mind we are a house that has to do different milks for our allergy Owen so we do buy double of some items too.
Where do you tackle your shopping? Any tips to penny pinch?
Thanks in advance – I want to be able to get our spending down quite a bit …. just feel like I already cut back, so not sure how to cut back any more.
Here’s to hoping this Monday turns around – that I win the lottery – and my kids decide to clean up their messes.
Goodluck with that, right?