This week has been both great in creative ways, yet stressful in others. I've learned a few new things about my creative self this week with Creativity Boot Camp and have enjoyed spreading my branches just a bit further and discovering new art forms that I'm really loving at this moment. The kids have benefited from this as well, joining in with me all week long, leaving an art-loved kitchen as proof! I'm so glad that there is one more week to go and can't wait to see what more my eyes will be opened to.
In the stressful portion of this post lies the ever growing prices of food and everyday living that has begun to, honestly, freak me out. I'm feeling forced to make some changes to the ways I shop and the food choices that I'm used to making along with many of the personal products that we have grown to love. With my family of six, the weekly cost has grown to a staggering amount, one that I'm determined to change while reserving as much of the quality as I can. I'm totally ready to learn the ropes of the coupon game while keeping my mind open for other chances to save. I'm not looking to become the new crazy-coupon-lady, but rather a mom determined to save money and still feed her family well.
"Start by doing what is necessary;
then do what is possible;
and suddenly you are doing the impossible."
This week I'll begin researching the best ways to save, using only cash money and no debit card, using the coupons I already have and only for the products that I use, and jotting down notes from a couple of different stores including their prices and coupon policies. There's a lot of work involved, but if it pays off right it could become the paying equivalent of a part-time job. :) We'll see how it goes...my hopes are high!
The kids have been swimming for a large majority of their free time this weekend and are so tired and pink and freckled. I'm hoping that they all sleep good tonight. I'm looking forward to the coming week, becoming a better household manager, completing Creativity Boot Camp, and more than anything just spending time with the kids.
I hope your weekend was a great one!