Before heading out to my little side-job (more on that later!), Michael took the kids for the day (spending $23 on putt-putt & a treat for each) so that I could focus on creating a meal plan and shopping list– then I headed out to grocery shop! Without kids!! Meal planning is something I do frequently, but lately, life hasn’t left much time and it’s created a bit of stress, which has led to more meals out. It was so luxurious to be doing this without the kids– I think I enjoyed it more than I would have a pedicure!
We’ve always been healthy eaters, and I love to cook and bake, but we are also foodies. A dangerous combination for a family on a budget. Easily distracted by seasonal specialties that can have a high price tag. We typically don’t buy many pre-packaged foods, processed foods, cereals, bars, or canned items. We have some dietary concerns in the form of food intolerance to account for.
On Saturday morning, I went into my local Sam’s Club to get one of the two items I purchase there. Frozen Salmon. They actually sell a very decent product of wild caught Alaskan salmon in individual portions- 2.5 lbs. for $25– which is a steal that I couldn’t get at the local fish market. (The other item I buy there is butter. I only bake with butter.) I was totally unprepared for how I would feel walking in: not wanting and overwhelmed. For the first time in a long time, I didn’t want. Not a single thing. I also was overwhelmed by the sheer amount of boxes of stuff, the piles upon piles of food piled into people’s carts (and I do realize some of this is for large families/businesses), the rows of electronics, the pallets of food, bins of books, and shiny cases. But I didn’t want. I didn’t want to look around or try out the lawn furniture. I just wanted to get my fish and get out! As quickly as possible. And that is what I did- with my 2 bags of fish.
Today, we tried to stick with the plan, but had to head to two very dangerous places: Target and B&N. Managed to get out of Target with only what we needed: Netti pot, sinus medicine, swimsuit for daughter (b-day gift), Legos (b-day gift for daughter from sons). I was pretty proud too– our oldest wanted to get her a toy that doesn’t meet our “criteria” for toy worthiness, and didn’t argue with me about it in the store. The trip to B&N was to purchase things that I wanted the kids to have: bookmarks with timers on them. I know. Not sure the dollars are working their hardest here. I’m hoping that they will help us motivate our son, who is an emerging reader, to become more autonomous and excited this summer during the library (and family!) summer reading programs. He was super excited when we got home. We taught him how to use it and he read for 40 minutes already before the end of the the day!
All in all, I’m pretty happy with our level of spending for the weekend!