If you must know, I was happy for him but also wanted to punch him. It is not cool that everything went so easy for him the first night he had them by himself. Seriously...even Mr. Logan No Sleep went to bed on-time without fighting at all and was asleep before I got home. But really I was happy for him or he wouldn't want to do it again!
And yes, those are my stockings on the fireplace still hanging from Christmas. And yes #9 is wearing Christmas PJs. That's real life around here folks.
Back to the point of this post.
With the change we've had to figure out how to do some things differently in our schedule. We used to go grocery shopping together mid-day on the weekends but that no longer works for us. In anticipation of this change I decided a few weeks ago to start shopping 2 weeks at a time. My thought was that this way I'd only have to take the kids with mie shopping 2x a month rather than 4 and maybe I'd also choose to buy less extras because I'd cut my chances down by half. So far, only going shopping 2x per month (and still Costco weekly - for the tradition of it mainly) has worked out really well for us with Costco being a good shot at filling-in with fresh bananas and milk every week. I have learned though that I need to find a different time to go. Waiting until 6:30pm on Sunday night to head out with all the kids in tow was probably not the best choice of times, especially having to shop for 2 weeks worth which made it a looonnng shopping trip for all of us.
And, I have to say to the sweet lady who encouraged us at the store - thank you. Except for one thing that was well meaning but not effective for us...she said "Just blink and they'll get older". I wanted to say - NO! They never get older! They are always the same age. We persistently have 1-2 year olds - they never get older we just start over with them every few months. :)
As I was saying - my hypothesis was also that we'd spend less because we'd shop fewer times. I believe we've found a winner with this strategy even though it's not necessarily the plan of hard-core couponers who shop when the deal is right. Our plan is slightly different - we shop for what is right when we go shopping - meaning, we stock up on things that are a good deal but are shelf-stable when we're on our shopping trips and then try to minimize the cost of things we "need" when they aren't on sell but we need them.
For example, last night I purchased 10 boxes of
On the other hand, we needed to add some fruits to our selection. I scoured the displays to find a few kinds that were good prices. Rather than saying "we're out of apples so I'll buy apples" regardless of price, I found "Cuties" - those clementine oranges "for kids" - and grapes on sale for a good price so I bought some of those to last us the next two weeks.
We really stocked up yesterday. I already had all the meat I needed for the next two weeks because I'd stocked up on my last trip when I found a few great deals (50% off the meats I'd purchased). Now that I stocked up on several non-perishables (or, really items with long code dates, they will perish some day), I'm set for a while.
I did get a bit nervous as the clerk was ringing things up - the bill went all the way to $228. That would be on-par with what we normally spend a week, not a savings. That would be ok, but I was hoping to save both time (energy) and money going every two weeks. Normally we'd spend about $120 per week at the grocery store and $75-$80 on stuff at Costco. That adds up quickly. Then I scanned my rewards card and he added my coupons in. The bill went all the way down to $161. I saved $67 or 30% off the regular bill. That was cool and meant we're saving money with this tactic - about $160 per month just with stuff we're buying at the grocery store. I've been really careful about what we're buying at Costco too. With the exception of diapers/pull-ups, we usually only need about $10-20 more worth of stuff - bananas and milk and maybe a few other things like waffles or peanut butter or syrup (see the theme!). So, we're saving a boatload there as well.
Now, if I can just figure out when to go I'd be set!