I went grocery shopping today. This is an endeavor that I try to get by with doing only once a month, accept of course for quick runs to get essentials like bread and milk. It seems from month to month that the prices in groceries continue to be on the rise. I am sure I am not the only one feeling the pinch. I have made some changes in the last couple months to try to get more for my money. The number one rule for me is not to go shopping when I am hungry. If I do this I tend to impulse buy alot of junk food. I like to make a monthly menu plan and make a grocery list according to that plan. I also get groceries at Aldis. You can get so much more for your money. My grocery routine is to go to Aldi's first. Dakota can get his monthly hair cut at Great Clips while I am shopping. Then we head to Wal-mart to get whatever other groceries and non-grocery items that we need.
There are alot of good websites and blogs for frugal moms and their are so many coupons that you can print right from your computer. One great site that I found recently is http://www.mommysavers.com/
I am also trying to change are eating habits. I no longer buy sodas, chips, cookies, or candy. In place of these things I buy fruit, juice, yogurt and other healthy snacks. At first this was quite an adjustment for us all. Especially me and Bethany, we both have a big sweet tooth. I had developed poor eating habits and I seen how they were rubbing off on the kids. Now in the evening when the kids want a snack they go for pickles or cheese, or we pop some popcorn. We have even cut back on the microwave popcorn and have now been popping it in olive oil. Very tasty and we like it better. With a little effort we are on our way to being a healthy family!!!!