See, we are having a really hard time paying the bills every month, like some of you may be. My love and I have been trying to figure out how to cut back on our spending, but we almost never buy anything extra. The last extra I bought was the sheets on clearance and the rods, for the girls "fort," also known as a canopy. :-) Before that, at Christmas, we spent about 40 dollars on the kids, and we donated 40 dollars to charity. Andy and I didn't exchange a single gift, but we didn't mind, and our parents gave us gifts. In fact, living simply makes us very happy.
If someone offered Andy a job tomorrow, making twice what he makes being self-employed, commuting and unhappy, I would say no. We would rather have Andy work from home (happy and not commuting) and be able to live anywhere we want, than afford to buy more things. One fuel-efficient car suits us fine. I can't even tell you what we save in gas with Andy working from home and me homeschooling!It might not look like a lot from this picture, but trust me my friends, I had to stand far back to get it all in the shot. Those bags are enormous. The Ketchup and Almond Butter are twice the size of the usual kind. It's a ton of food, I promise you!
Then our neighbor's girls came over to play yesterday, and when their dad came to pick them up, he told me how I could really save a ton of money by shopping at Costco. Costco? I couldn't help but think, that's so not my style. The big warehouse full of stuff and things; yuck. But my neighbor isn't the first person who's been promoting Costco to me lately. In the last month about 3 of my friends have been telling me the same thing.
So today, for the sake of saving money, and having nothing else we could cut back on, Zoe, Ashley and I took a trip to the big bad Costco. We were very excited to see what we could find, and find we did! Just look at all the healthy stuff we got! I didn't even get everything that was healthy and gluten-free in this trip, because we didn't need it yet. Nor did I even scour ever aisle in the store, for the sake of time. That place is huge!
For about 140 dollars I was able to buy:
2 bags of Bear Naked Organic Trail Mix, 1 pound & 10 oz each
Larabar 18 pack, apple, cashew and cherry (they each ate one in the car on the way home, so now it's actually 16 :-))
Clif Kid 24 pieces of Organic Twisted Fruit
2 MaraNatha Natural Almond Butter, 26 oz glass jars
Organic Brown and Wild rice, 3.2 pounds
2 Heinz Organic Ketchup, 44 oz each --Important Update! I found out tonight, 2/2/09, that this is NOT GLUTEN-FREE. Please see the last few comments to see!
frozen Organic Peaches, 4 pounds!
frozen Wild Alaskan Salmon, 7 fillets
frozen All Natural Crispy Waffle Fries, 4 pounds
frozen Organic Broccoli Florets, 4 pounds (I just peeked inside and they look really good)
14 large Organic Fuji Apples
Are you doing anything to save money that you could share with us? I welcome all the advice I can get!