I got my grocery shopping done pretty much before it started and had chili made by halftime. Man, I love that chili recipe. Totally worth the extra work not making it from a mix. Also made up some applesauce for the babies.
I dragged my "Family Playbook" back out for my shopping trip. Some of you know that at the beginning of the school year, I put together this binder to keep track of...well, everything. We had football for Josh, soccer for Jacob and Jackson and with Randy and I working full time, communication and planning were crucial. It still didn't fix everything, but it helped. We got into the groove of all of that, and the Book fell into disuse for a while. But I feel things slipping again, so I busted it out.
I tell you all this to tell you that as I was loading the conveyor to checkout, a gentleman behind me was apparently admiring my open playbook with a comprehensive, detailed list including prices and coupons. He said "Wow, you look organized." I have to admit- I laughed in his face. "HA!" Then I composed myself and tried to not sound too rude. I explained "with 5 kids, I have to be." I need to be, but I'm just not. Maybe using the Book again will help? What do you do to stay on top of things?
It did help me, in that I didn't even spend $100 this trip. And I think I might have enough food for the week, aside from milk. This is remarkable for me, since I typically spend $175-200 a week on groceries. I HAVE to be missing something right? Stay tuned...we'll see how long we make it.
I need to get with it on these birthday plans- but I'm overwhelmed. I'll think about it tomorrow.