Monday, January 10, 2011
I have not made any "New Year's Resolutions" per se, but I always welcome any opportunity to view something as a fresh start, so I'm trying to adjust my mindset as such as I begin 2011. This won't be a list of my re-starts, but I did want to mention one, because I'd VERY MUCH like you get your feedback.
I am trying, with a new earnestness, to work on viewing homemaking as a serious 'home management' job, because that's really what is required of me in this season for us to make some things work. Quite specifically, we are having to cinch up the budget, and a very major aspect of that is our food spending. So I'd really like to hear from you!! I'm curious to know, how much do you budget/spend on food monthly? Does it include household items, like laundry detergent, toilet paper, etc., or is that amount strictly food items? What other helpful tips might you have on this topic? Help a girl out, here people...speak up!!!! And if you are uncomfortable sharing your budget amount, feel free to comment anonymously, but give me an idea how many people your monthly budget is feeding so I can make a fair comparison. Thanks!!
(As a side-note on the same topic, my friend Ang started a new blog called 365 Days to Simplicity (also linked on my sidebar), journaling her own endeavors to simplify her family life, including weekly meal planning tips and ideas and recipes. She quite a master of this, and I highly recommend you use her as a resource!! I am. But I have to admit and tell you up front...she really likes to cook (I don't!!) and is willing to (and good at) trying new and difficult recipes. So following her is a duel-edged sword for me personally...I'm inspired and feel like an utter failure all at the same time! But I'm pressing in and trying to remain teachable, as this is an area I'd really like to grow in. So, why don't you join us?!?)