C’mon….you know you all watched it! How they know us so well in what will wet our guilty pleasure appetites! Extreme couponing. I was amazed by what I saw. And, frankly, I was tempted. I want to buy $600 and only spend $5.97!!! I shouted to myself. But then my husband came home and I got a reality check.
That’s not savings…that’s addiction, he said.
Look at what they’re putting in their carts, that’s not real food, he said.
It’s all processed junk, he said.
You see lot’s of coupons for bread but not a single coupon for flour or any of the staples that allow you to make bread, he said.
And he is right. And I know that. So why was I almost duped? Because this economy is lousy. Because food prices are rising. Because my family of six kids are actually eating which makes my theory of a grocery budget obsolete.
We’ve been talking a lot about living by our principles. What do you believe? Do you live what you believe? So easy with kids to slide down that slippery slope into crackers and processed colored fruit ringed cereal and orange-died mac n cheez. They love it, they ask for it, commercials bombard them with images of it, and grandparents dote on them with it. It is hard to swim against that tide of false love.
So how do you do it? How do you set a realistic budget for real food? How do you cook from scratch, homeschool and still have time to sleep? How do you wade through the political mumbo jumbo of grocery store and organic politics? How do you eat with common sense and not get sucked into the latest dietary fad? My brain is fried trying to balance it all.
Adam helped me set up a menu plan. Now it is my job to figure out how the numbers work. I haven’t figured it out yet.
In the meantime, I will be reading some pioneer women who seemed to be paving the road for me.
and, if the budget allows, maybe perusing this book: