This is really hard. Not only are we trying to re-do our entire budget, but we’re also doing some rearranging of the homestead too. Prior to this weekend the kiddos all shared a bedroom that was roughly 100 sq feet. So we made the ultimate parental sacrifice and switched rooms, meaning we need to sell our giant bedroom set. BUT, if it does sell then that money will go towards our savings which will be really nice to have. We were also gifted a box of apples that need to be processed right away, and hubster is helping his folks with some projects at their place as well as helping my dad and step-mom at their place. We’re on week 7 of school and starting to find a bit of a groove, but it’s also raining a bunch so the kiddos are cooped up. Basically, we’re busy. And this last week has been a free-form madhouse! I have no meal plan, and I’m barely remembering to pay the bills on time. I haven’t used my to-do list in who knows how long and it is starting to show. I really need to get this place organized, like yesterday. I have a great planner, but haven’t taken the time to crack it open as of late. I’ll post photos once the rooms are mostly situated to show you what is working for us. I think it’s time to revive the Small Home series, as most of the “small home” posts I’ve seen lately have nearly twice the space we do, PLUS a garage.
As far as the grocery budget, we’re still on track! As of right now we have 17.78 left in benefits and a few more WIC vouchers for dry goods, milk, and cheese. I’m definitely optimistic. There is no way we could have done this first month without the WIC vouchers. The savings on cheese alone was a nice little dent. I’ll have a re-cap at the beginning of next month and sort of look over everything and see what needs changing and what is working. I will also post everything we bought for the month so it’s in one nice neat little place. I like order. You wouldn’t know it by looking at my desk, but I crave organization.
My hope is that this process and sharing our “dirty little secret” will help other people who are on assistance make the most of what they get. God tells us over and over that we are to help the poor. God Himself chose Jesus to be born poor, to spend His life poor, then instruct us that when we aide the poor we are aiding Him. I’m really starting to see how His hand is part of this journey. We are sloooooooooowly learning to trust His providence, and to trust that we will be ok. Our suffering right now is painful, but it’s necessary. It’s growing pains. We are moving forward from a life of HORRID stewardship into a life of focus, a life of being stewards of ALL the things God provides for us, not just our finances. And it hurts. But we will be stronger when we come out the other side.
Now for the details –
Here is what we’ve bought since the last grocery shop:
2lb butter @4.59/pound – 9.18
Sour Cream – 2.09
Two packages uncooked flour tortillas (less weird stuff that way and I haven’t managed to successfully make sourdough tortillas yet) – 5.34
Total of 16.61
Butter is getting CRAZY expensive for hormone-free options. I need to try to find a bulk source and buy a bunch of butter to cut up ourselves and freeze. So is the additive-free sour cream. Taco night is a LIFESAVER when you don’t have a meal plan. I still suck at making bread. But I make awesome pancakes and cookies and muffins and biscuits and dumplings… So I think the issue is my kneading. Experimentation is required, but time is lacking. I’m planning on watching videos of people making bread in a Kitchenaid and maybe visually I can see what the dough is supposed to look like.
I really like pudding. I think it may be my go-to food during this pregnancy but we’ll see.
And I’m still looking for tasty frugal recipes, so send em over, k?