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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

My life is terribly exciting.

If you follow me on instagram, you may have seen that I bought a deep freezer. It's funny the things that excite you as the years pass!

I have been wanting a deep freezer for a while now. We had one in Ohio, but it got left behind when we moved. The fridge/freezer that came in our house in Michigan is pretty small, and things have been falling out of the freezer at us when we open the door, but we don't really have $1,000 - $1,500 to spend on a new refrigerator right now.

Something I also bit the bullet on this past week was a Costco membership. I'd had a Sam's Club membership for several years, which came in handy for diapers and formula. But since we're past that phase of life (YAY!), I hadn't been going often enough to make the membership fee worth it.

However, we are on a pretty strict budget in 2016 in order to meet some big financial goals, so I'm trying something new: monthly grocery shopping. Dum dum dummmmmm.

I realize that not everything at these membership stores are a deal. I tend to break prices down to the unit to make sure I'm getting a better deal before I buy, and I've been doing some pricing research, and I'm very convinced that we can save the $4.60 per month in order to pay for the membership.

Something else I'm planning on doing in order to make life a little easier for myself on school mornings, is to do mass-baking days every couple months and bake up big batches of gluten free goodies such as muffins, pancakes, breads, pizza crusts, etc. Jameson takes a pastry of some kind to school three days a week (to match what his classmates are having as closely as possible), and obviously I don't have time to make something every week.

So this coming Friday (yeah, I realize it's Black Friday) is my first big grocery trip! It's going to be a bit of a slap in the face to spend almost an entire month's grocery budget in one trip, but I just have to remember that these groceries are going to last me almost five weeks, and focus on the savings!

I'll keep you posted on how it goes, along with my menu and grocery list planning process.

I hope you all have a fantastic Thanksgiving! Make sure to put your screens away and look your loved ones in the eyes as you converse with them this weekend. It means more than we might think to let people know that - even just in that moment - that they're important to us.

See you all soon!