I gave birth to a hermit. Once upon a time, he looked like this:
Now he looks like this:
I have problems with my itty bitty baby becoming this. Here they are in no particular order:
1. All his laundry consists of is pajama bottoms and the occasional pair of underpants.
2. He is eating all my groceries at an alarming rate.
3. He may be the first homeschooler to live up to his unsocialized reputation. I'd hate for my kid to be the one to set us homeschoolers back twenty years.
Now that his sisters are old enough to babysit, the child refuses to accompany me anywhere. People are beginning to think I made him up. When we force him to set his pudgy barefeet out of his abode, you'd think we'd suggested that he chew off his own eyebrows or something.
Anyway, the point of this post is not my agoraphobic son but #2 on the list above. I just got back from grocery shopping AGAIN. I spent $140 and I didn't even buy coffee or milks (I say milk in the plural form because of G's allergies which he's mostly beaten but he still drinks almond milk). I didn't splurge on anything except for the Chedder and Sour Cream potato chips which actually begged me to take them home and when I refused, jumped into my cart. It was odd, but sometimes these things happen. I didn't want to make a scene so I bought them. Anyhoo...I feel completely grumpy about this cost of living thing right now.
Pickles were expensive!! Pickles!! Rejected cucumbers!
Nasty looking questionable meat products were expensive! I kind of think I bought dog.
I only bought one type of cheese! Who lives like that??
I passed by the Hagan Daaz with a self control that would utterly impress you and also made me weak kneed and breathless. But pass by I did!
I didn't buy bread. I didn't buy wine. I didn't buy cereal. I didn't buy hair products or make up or yoga pants or toilet paper or jewelry or real estate. The only non-edibles I bought were deodorant for my hubby's pits (and why Old Spice makes Original so dang impossible to find is beyond me. Can I start a petition or something? Who's with me?) and small paper plates and a children's cold medicine.
This will only get us through a week. Am I spending too much? Am I unrealistic in my wishes to spend less? There were some organics in there, but I bought them at Grocery Outlet for a fraction of the price...
We are a family of five in case you didn't know. The three chitlins are homeschooled, thus they spend all their time on my couch, eating. This could be part of the dilemma. I hate to smack food out of their mouths more than twice a day.
What do you spend?
What is your favorite cheap meal?
Either make me feel better or school me in how to save money! That was not a request. Seriously. Comment. Or I will find you. Right at dinner time.
I like steak.