As you know, for the last several weeks, painting has kind of consumed my life. The cabinet project was a doozy, of course, and then I jumped right into the project of painting Lisey’s new room.
All that painting didn’t leave a whole lot of extra time for other money-saving efforts, and at times like these, I have to decide what’s important to do and what’s not.
To a degree, I do this all the time, but during especially busy seasons, prioritizing is even more important.
So, during my painting project, I didn’t stay on top of my fridge.
I did very little baking and we’ve had a number of store-bought loaves of bread (My kids, who used to think store-bought bread was a treat, have changed their minds.)
We ate a lot more cereal breakfasts than usual.
I didn’t set foot in a thrift store.
No mending or repurposing happened.
I kept my grocery shopping super simple.
I did keep cooking meals (albeit simple ones!), because eating out or getting takeout is crazy-ridiculous for a family of six.
No matter how busy I get, cooking at home is very nearly at the top of my priority list because the savings are so great.
For the six of us to get fast food or a kind of cheap takeout meal, we usually have to spend $35 or so. And if we eat out somewhere, the damage is even worse.
$35 is a lot of money for a meal, and if we did that a couple of times a week, it would really start to add up.
I can easily feed our family for a week on $140 (that’s 21 meals), but that same $140 will only buy us 4 dinner meals if we get takeout.
That is very much not a bargain.
And then when you consider that what I serve at home is almost always more nutritious than what we eat when we’re out, the meals at home are an even better deal.
So, I’m curious now…what money-saving activity is at the top of your priority list during busy seasons of life?