Friday, June 04, 2010

One of those days

Today has been one of those days where it just doesn't seem to be happening...that is...productivity. I am dragging so much that I thought it must surely be Monday! I feel like I haven't gotten anything done. In fact, the only thing I have gotten done is feeling bad about not doing much. I don't know why I feel this way. I guess worrying about Daniel, lack of sleep, and not having my quiet time have clouded the day. I have made bread, cleaned up, and written up a cost comparison worksheet for the grocery store, so I have accomplished some things. I think I need to go spend time with the Lord. :0) Maybe it will get better.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Cost of a Large Family

We are expensive! I think back several years ago at how much our food bill was and I am astonished. Granted, we usually didn't eat the most healthy things but we couldn't afford the best anyway. People often tell me that they can't imagine how much it cost to have a large family. They come to the conclusion that Dh must have a great job. Well, he does, but that's not how we afford them. We are able to afford our family because God enables us to do it. I struggle SO much with food cost. I want so badly to eat "cheap", to be able to walk into Aldis and only spend $100 for the week. But, my health starts to decline rapidly in one week. Depression starts creeping in. The kids go crazy! The best I can do is to find cheap(er) healthy food.
In bulk:
  • oats
  • wheat
  • buckwheat
  • salt
  • beans
  • rice
At Sams:
  • Lettuce(organic)-very cheap compare to all stores. I will update with price.
  • Spinach(organice)-Same as above
  • Nuts-raw almonds, pecans, walnuts. Almonds are not really raw but close enough
  • All Fruit
  • Most other veggies(Carrots, Celery, cucumbers, tomatoes, etc..)
  • Avocados(much cheaper than most places and if you get them unripe, they ripen very nicely on your counter
  • Frozen veggies(broccoli, corn, mix)
  • Frozen fruit
  • Milk
  • Sour Cream(we use this for most dressings. We don't buy salad dressing anymore. We mix spices with this to make ours)
  • raisins(we go through 2 large boxes that contains 2 large bags of raisins-every WEEK!)
  • Organic decaf coffee that is cheaper than the regular decaf coffee at publix
  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Trash Bags
  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrushes
Some things we have to get at Publix
  • Collards
  • Kale
  • Corn
  • Cabbage
  • coconut oil
  • pickles without yellow number 5
  • Almond Milk
  • Zucchini
  • Wheat Noodles( I don't have time to make this right now ;))
We never buy boxed cereal. We flake our own oats from oat groats and combine it with buckwheaties(dehydrated sprouted buckwheat) and raisins with milk. I grind our grain and make our bread. I don't buy raw bars/breads. I make my own dehydrated buckwheat bread.

I think this post is more for me than anyone else. I do the best I can with trying to save money but sometimes(most times) I still feel like I am doing a lousy job. Do you ever feel that way? Just writing it down helps me to realize that I AM doing all that I can to keep my family healthy without breaking the bank. So on those days when I think "we could live on rice and beans for a little while" I can look back and remember that it's not ALL about the money.