Do you look forward to Christmas and birthday shopping but have been increasingly confused or overwhelmed with the whole process - especially if you're doing it large-family style? Wondering how you can shop for just the right items for each person while not overspending the budget, purchase items the kids need but balance that with a special items they would really like to receive, not forget any items or any people, remember what's from mom and dad and what's from grandma and grandpa, and keep it all straight in your head over the course of several weeks or months without making any expensive mistakes? And then, remember accurately when you go to do the wrapping which gifts were for whom? Larger families out there know what I mean! *smile* Let me offer some help...
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Monday, November 16, 2015
Striving for organization, time efficiency, and for a low grocery budget... *smile*
- My meal planning strategy
- Using a Master Grocery Shopping List
- Using an Inventory Chart
- Minimize and rotate
- Utilizing additional freezer and refrigerator space
- Having a "deep pantry" for longer term food storage
- How I do shopping with the kids
- Creating a food pantry from a coat closet!
Saturday, November 14, 2015
We are approaching Thanksgiving Day here in the United States, and then Christmas and the wonderful season of gift giving next month! I thought this would be a really good time to think through the concept of choosing carefully how we use the finances the Lord has given us. *smile* While you are thinking of gift ideas for your families I encourage you to consider these principles for making an income stretch further before you purchase. And also see Part 2 for a list of practical ideas which we implement to make an income stretch further.
Sunday, November 8, 2015
We purchased our current home when we had only 3 children…now we have 9! *smile* So we had to start thinking “outside the box”, or in our case, inside our box. This has resulted in the Lord showing us over time many different do-it-yourself and inexpensive ways to adapt our house to fit the needs of a large family, projects we’ve already done and ones we hope to do in the future...