How we feed our family of 7 for under $400/month

How we feed our family of 7 for under $400/month

The family grocery budget wasn’t really a conversation I ever had with my parents growing up. I remember cutting coupons with my mom and her envelope that she brought to the store. I remember treating grocery shopping like a treasure hunt for the items on the coupons. But the actual numbers? Those were never talked about.

Now that I’m a mom, my kids probably think I spend too much time talking about our grocery budget! I want them to understand that the food we costs money and that in order for our overall budget to work and allow me to stay at home with them, we need to pay attention to what we spend as a family on our groceries. I want them to leave our home knowing how to plan meals, make a grocery list, and budget appropriately.

But how do we get to the point of creating not only a meal plan and grocery list, but also a reasonable family grocery budget?

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Spending and saving your tax refund wisely (so you don't end up with buyer's remorse)

Spending and saving your tax refund wisely (so you don't end up with buyer's remorse)

It’s tax return time and some people are getting back less than past years or needing to pay in, others are seeing returns that are larger than expected. It’s easy to get dollar bill signs floating in our eyes and want to go buy ALL THE THINGS!

But hold on!

Before you go on a spending spree at Target or Amazon, or book that dream vacation, take a look at this list of ideas of how to spend your tax return wisely, so you aren’t regretting your purchases when the rose colored glasses come off.

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Why we aren't following Dave Ramsey

Why we aren't following Dave Ramsey

Dave Ramsey and his financial advice have changed hundreds of thousands of lives. He has helped countless numbers of our friends find freedom from debt or at least freedom from piling on more debt. 

But we aren't following. 

We took a Dave class. We know the steps. We understand the work needed to make it happen. 

But we aren't following.

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My Top 20+ Favorite Frugal Living Tips

My Top 20+ Favorite Frugal Living Tips

Staying home and living on one income is often hard. It means sacrificing some luxuries that come with two incomes. It means we've never been on a "real" vacation - we always visit our families and stay at their homes - but we are making great memories. It means we have to choose between certain activities, or no activities at all, because we simply don't have the funds. It sometimes means eating every last scrap of food in the house to make it to the next payday.

But it also means I've been there for every thing. I've rarely missed a milestone - and when I did it was because I was getting a much needed break! I can go to every appointment without dealing with other schedules. I can go to class parties or on field trips. I don't need to think about my own sick leave policy if one of the kids needs to stay home from school. And on school breaks or snow days I'm already at the house to take care of them. 

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Weekly Menu Plan #100 + a look at the weekly grocery shopping for our family of 7

Weekly Menu Plan #100 + a look at the weekly grocery shopping for our family of 7

This is it - the FINAL meal plan featured on the blog! In an effort to cut down on the amount of time I spend writing posts I had to think and pray long and hard about what to keep posting and what to eliminate. Last year I was posting four times each week. While I enjoyed writing my posts it was also A LOT of work to stay on top of constantly. Cutting it down to two per week is going to give me significantly more breathing room while also allowing more time to connect with readers and focus on quality posts rather than the quantity of posts. 

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