Because I know that you're all waiting on pins and needles to hear how my shopping trip went today, I am going to be kind enough to let you know.
First of all, it was only 2 hours instead of three. That's improvement right there, folks.
Unfortunately, I spent a lot more than I was hoping to. A lot. I spent $163.00 and only saved $102.00. I am trying to look at my receipts and figure out what the culprit was, and I am just not sure. I do know it was at WalMart, because I spent double there this week from what I did last week.
So, I include laundry stuff and toothpaste and paper goods and all that kind of stuff in my grocery bill, and I did have to buy a lot of that today, so that's part of it. We were out of a lot of spices we use often, and even though I had a coupon for them, spices can be expensive. The biggest issue is our milk, though. Our entire house is either lactose intolerant or just plain allergic to milk. Bria is also allergic to soy, so we get rice milk for the kids and me and LactAid for Joel. So freaking expensive.
I need to cut down on the amount of milk the baby drinks...some days she can drink an entire 1/2 gallon because she asks for it so often. Does anybody know how much milk a 17 month old baby (toddler, I guess) should be drinking a day? I don't. Anyway, if I limit her milk (within reason and healthy limits, of course), that should make a huge difference. Well, not a huge difference, but at nearly 8 bucks a gallon, saving a little will go a long way.
Still, I spent about as much as I normally do and got quite a bit more than usual. So it's all good. And things will get easier as I really get the hang of what's a good deal and what isn't, and have enough on hand that I can actually wait for the sale prices.
In other simplification news, I have found the single biggest factor in helping my life run more smoothly and giving me more time, is making sure that the kitchen is sparkling clean before I go to bed. It is something that I often left until the morning, and I am finding that nothing ruins your day like a sink full of dirty dishes right when you wake up.
I am working to declutter many things, and it feels good to get rid of so much stuff that's occupying unecessary space in my life. I am spending my time a little bit more wisely, and not wasting as much of it as I have in the past.
All in all, things are going well. By the end of the year, I will be the guru of simple.