Friday, September 28, 2012

Living on Less Week 1

This is not directly homeschool related, but as a homeschool mom I am always looking for ways to save money since we are living on one income. This summer we didn't do a good job putting money in savings. We traveled and had fun, but now it's time to start putting money away again.  Last September my husband took a new job in a new state which increased his salary. After going back and reviewing our budget then and our budget now I decided we should be able to put around $1000 a month into savings if we REALLY try hard.  We did the Dave Ramsey plan for a few years to get ourselves out of debt so we are not new to a strict budget and living on less. We also have motivation to save this money and me and my hubby are taking a trip to Dallas in December and want to take the kids on a small trip for Christmas.

Now the question is can we as a family of 5 live on $1000 less than what we normally spend each month??? In the previous months we were spending $800-$900 on groceries and anther $100-$200 on eating out. Ummm....can we say CRAZY! This month there will be no eating out and I dropped our grocery budget to $300 for the ENTIRE month. That is only $75 a week for 2 adults, 3 kids (6,4,1), a dog, a cat, and a bunny!

Today is payday and grocery day so the living on less process begins today.  I am going to try different stores each week to see where I get the most for our money. Today I went to our Neighborhood Walmart. (For those of you unfamiliar with Neighborhood Walmart it's basically just the grocery part of Walmart as a stand alone store. I had never heard of one until we moved here to Kentucky.) My total was $73.35 and I purchased 32 items.

Generic capri suns $1.97 for 10
All purpose flour (Lily brand bc it is the only one I can find w/o barley which my son is highly allergic to) $2.78
Pedigree dog pouches (my spoiled Stella a faux frenchbo won't eat anything besides wet food) $6.68
Generic Canola Oil $2.88
Frozen chicken breasts 3 lbs $7.98
Generic canned peaches x2 $.98
Johnsonville Brats (sale) $3
Bag of yellow onions $1.96
Generic can of Lima Beans $.98
Snap peas (margaret holmes brand) $.98
Beef stew mix $.92 x2
Yoplait yogurt $.58x6
Generic Pear halves $1.68
Roast $8.23 3.14lbs
Pork Chops $4.93 3.18lbs
Spaghetti Sauce 1.88
Coffee Creamer (HELLO...Smores is the new fall flavor!) $1.91
Campbells Chicken and Stars (which was oddly the same price as generic) $1.25x2
Can of Succotash $.98
Bananas $.52 per pd x 3.45lbs
Generic cream cheese $1.78
Instant grits (was not happy they didn't have the big container of quick cook!) $2.38
generic spaghetti noodles $.88
24 pk of cokes (yeah...yeah....but I wouldn't make it through the day w/o it! $6.98

I went and picked up all of this without meal planning. I am so burnt out on meal planning. No one ever wants to help suggest meals, but they all want to complain  about the meals :/  Now I get to sit down and go over everything we have in the pantry (we had quite a bit before this trip) and come up with meals.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Week 1 Wrap Up

This has been a really good first week of school. M started 1st grade.

This is what Goose does during most of our morning lessons.  

The kids took a liking to my camera and declared themselves photographers. I think I had over 100 pictures that they took. P took this one and I just love it. Oh, that's our school room they are in.

M liked taking pictures of things rather than people.

He did take a few self portraits.

Our neighbors grandson came over one evening and played with the kids. (Social Interaction!! lol)

P started preschool on Wednesday.  I think her and I are a lot alike. Right now it's better if she gets to go the preschool a few days a week.  She is really loving it. She has brought home lots of art projects already!

Another of P getting ready to go off to school.

P in front of her class. She is in the turtle class.

A friend of mine started up a geography class for homeschoolers 2x a month and we had our 1st class this week. The kids learned what a globe was, what a compass is and does, and made a suncatcher globe.

They are supposed to be learning the continents, but M found a spider. Of course spiders are much more interesting to little boys than continents.

Listening to a book about the world.

Goose found the leaves pretty interesting while the big kids had class.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Day 1 School is Back in Session

Today is M's first day of 1st grade!

We did some math, reading, spelling, french, and science.

Then we went out to the garden and collected the ripe veggies.