Trying to Adult…

As a single mom, I have a very limited budget. Bills get paid, but there’s not much wiggle room after. And the holidays are coming up…😳 This led me to the decision that I need to be more resourceful and keep a closer eye on our spending. 

Pinterest is so much help when it comes to looking for tips and tricks. The one that popped up the most on my recent search was “meal planning” and “save on groceries”. You caught my interest. Let me click and see what it’s all about. The posts I read (ok, mostly skimmed) had a good bit of resources and tips. So I decided to give a weekly menu a try.

I planned my week starting on  Monday and going to the following Sunday. I planned breakfasts, after school snacks, weekend lunches, and suppers. Crockpot meals and quick fixes are on there for days Rae has cheer practice. Leftovers are on there too. I also left one day open for going out to eat or eating with my parents. 

I then went through my fridge, freezer, and pantry to see what I had that I could use. I started with the meats and planned the rest of the meal to go with how I wanted it cooked. We will try out a few new recipes this coming week, but they are quick meals (and Pinterest finds). 

After I got the menu finished, I made a grocery list for that week. Surprisingly, it wasn’t crazy long or anything too costly. I stated in an earlier post that I am NOT a couponer. I am, however, really good about sticking to my list. But I do tend to falter if something I need is on sale… I tackled the grocery store after work today, and without Rae. I walked in to realize that a good sale is going on this week. I was able to stick to my list, but bought two items that were “1 for $5.99 or 3 for $10” and “1 for $4.99 or BOGOFree”. How could I pass those up??? They will get used and won’t go bad anytime soon.

All in all, I spent about thirty minutes planning the week, and a total of $60 on groceries. No coupons, lots of sales, and my Plenti card. I don’t think I did too bad. Now if I can make myself stick to it, I should be good to go. 🙂

Cartoons, Storms, and Sleep

I made it back from camping today and rushed to pick Rae up as quick as I could. I walked into my parents’ house expecting to get tackled but that didn’t happen…I crept down the hallway to the movie room and peeked in at her watching Shrek. She was singing along with one of the songs until she spotted me. Insert happy squeals here! 🙂 She ran over to me with a big hug and a beaming smile. She pulled me down for a quick kiss, and then sweetly asked, “Where’d you put my prizes?” I didn’t expect any less. You see, I had to figure out a way for her to be okay with me leaving for so many days. It’s not like I promised anything she wasn’t going to get anyway…just saying.

We sat on the bed and I handed her the first bag. She’s been on a superhero kick here lately, so I couldn’t pass up a Supergirl doll that was HALF OFF! (Mommy win!!) This is the part where she tells me that I made her wish come true. I also became “the best mommy ever”. 😁 I handed her a second, smaller bag after the doll. She wasn’t as thrilled with the size of this one, but was just as happy once she dumped its contents. After we finished tubing yesterday in Cherokee, I went to the store next door for a more meaningful prize. She specifically requested another bracelet that helps with bad dreams since her last one popped (Ghost Beads), so she got one of those in her new favorite color. She also got a hand painted shaker made from leather. She associates the mountains with bears, so that’s the painted picture on hers.

After the prizes and excitement of me returning, we left my parents’ to head home…for the dreaded unpacking. She relaxed on the couch watching cartoons until I finished cooking and starting laundry. We sat at the dining room/kitchen table together and talked about all the fun we had while we were apart. After supper, we cuddled on the couch with Lucy the Cat to watch cartoons together. The weather eventually blew up a storm, so Lucy left us to go hide under my bed. It’s still pretty nasty outside, and the satellite signal is gone, but I just can’t make myself go lay Rae in her bed. I missed her sleepy face so much.

Listening to the rain with a “complete signal loss” screen on the tv and a sleeping kid is the perfect way to end our Sunday. These are the moments I will take advantage of for as long as I can. ❤️