When I first started this blog a little over three years ago, my main focus was on saving money through couponing at the grocery and drug store. We had just started living solely on one income after having our first child and our grocery budget seemed to be the most logical place to start saving money.
Over the past few years, our family (and the blog) have grown and changed together. We have made some serious changes to our eating habits and lifestyle, which has meant less focus on shopping with coupons. While we do use coupons for some of our toiletries and paper products, the majority of our shopping is done in the produce section, at our local farmer’s markets when they are open and Costco.
With these changes came the realization that we had to figure out different ways to stretch our budget. We started looking more seriously at our expenses and where we could cut back. I’ve been sharing some of our (mostly) simple and basic ideas with you on a weekly basis, but I’d like to kick it up a notch. Starting Monday February 18th, I am going to give you a daily breakdown of everything I do related to saving money, saving time and using both more efficiently and effectively.
This post series is for those of you who want to learn to save money, but can’t imagine yourself going shopping at midnight just to snag a few free rolls of toilet paper. The vast majority of us are just average, everyday folks who are trying to stretch our budget and help our families live a better life for less.
This won’t be some lengthy, drawn-out post about what I’m doing every minute of every day, but I just want you to get a general idea of what an average week for me looks like.
I know we are all in different stages of life, so here’s a quick bio on me just so you know where I’m at:
- I’m a married, stay-at-home Mom to two boys, ages 2 and 4
- My husband works full time Monday through Friday (gets home around 4:30 PM)
- My husband and I both go to the gym 3-4 times per week, rarely at the same time
- I work on the blog early mornings, during nap time and late into the evening so my “extra” time is pretty rare
- I take care of our entire family budget and pay all the household bills
- I clean, cook, carpool for preschool, shop, visit with friends, play, cook, clean, do laundry, manage a blog, manage our family calendar and cook some more. Did I mention I have a blog?
After this week is up, I will give you a general recap on how much TIME I spent trying to save my family money. I want you to get a glimpse of the non-glamorous, totally average life of a girl just trying to live within her means.
This will be the re-launch to my weekly series that will explore different ways to save your family money, including eating out and entertainment, travel, clothes shopping, buying gifts for everyone in your family and much more.
Leave a comment if there is anything you’d like more information on or if you have any ideas on how to save your family money outside of the grocery store.
Welcome to a week in the life.
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