So it’s been just one day shy of a year since I spent anytime writing about anything. To say that a lot has changed would be an understatement. Just two days after my post on July 2nd, we found out that after months of trying, we were pregnant!
A rough first trimester left me with little time to do much of anything other than work and sleep. I lived off crackers and sprite so cooking and baking just weren’t in the cards. My second trimester brought much needed relief, but I spent the majority of my free time getting ready for baby and for my maternity leave replacement. Not knowing when the babe would take me out of work, I wanted to be sure my classroom was ready for someone to jump in at a moment’s notice! I am oh so glad that I did because I was put on bed rest 4 weeks before my due date because of my blood pressure. After two weeks of trips back and forth to the ER with BP spikes, my doctor decided to induce us about 10 days early.
Blake William made his debut on March 5th, at 9:08 PM!
Since that moment, our lives have been nonstop with baby action. He truly is the greatest thing on the planet, and I can’t imagine loving anyone any more than I love that little guy. Shameless mom moment where I share some of my favorite BW pics:
Isn’t he just the sweetest?
Ok enough about him and on to the real purpose of this post, staying home and saving money!
When my husband and I got married, we made a decision (ok I begged and he finally gave in) for me to stay home for at least the first year when we had children. We’ve worked really hard in the last three years to save and be able to make that happen. So sadly, I’ve resigned my teaching position (yes I want to stay home, but that doesn’t mean I won’t miss working) and have started to adjust to the idea of being full time “Mommy” and not “Mrs. W.”
I decided that since I won’t actually be contributing a regular paycheck to the family, the least I could do would be to find ways for us to save money on our bills while I was home. My first mission, our monthly food bill!
Like most first time moms, or busy moms in general, take out and delivery have been our main source of survival for the first couple of months. But now that B is sleeping better (hallelujah!) and life has taken on some sort of a schedule, I’ve been attempting to cook more. It doesn’t always work like I’ve planned but we are trying. We spent a ridiculous amount of money on food in June. Like an embarrassing number that I’m too ashamed to admit, and that’s with trying to eat at home more!
I know that you can’t eat an elephant all at once, so I’ve made myself little goals to help get this beast under control.
Goal 1: Limit eating out to three times a week. We always go out to lunch on Sunday after church so that leaves us with two meals to eat somewhere other than at home.
Goal 2: Once the eating out is under control, I’m going to tackle the grocery store bill itself. Watch the sales and meal plan around them.
Goal 3: Clean up what we eat. I’m not jumping on the Paleo or Cleaning Eating bandwagon wholeheartedly, but we eat a lot of refined, processed crap. I’m also hoping that this will transition nicely into making my own baby food.
Big Goal: Reduce monthly food costs by 50% of our March-June average.
I’m hoping to tackle goal one in the month of July, two in August, and three in September (B will be 6 months that month, yay for real people food!)
I hope you’ll follow along with me while I undertake this project and check back each week to see how it’s going! I want to challenge you to take a closer look at your food expenses. Is there a place where you can cut back? Any tips you have for me as we get started?
I can’t wait to see what life (and our bank account) looks like on October 1st.