I’d say that I’m a pretty frugal and thrifty type of person. I prefer to buy things second hand at yard sales and second hand stores or better yet, clothing exchanges so I can get rid of my clothes I don’t wear anymore too. I wouldn’t say I’m stingy with my money, however, I make a point to know where it’s going every month and I don’t buy something on a whim.
I take out my iPhone when I spend money and click on my notes app and plug in our monthly expenses by date and when they’re paid I cut and paste them under the word “Paid.” This is one way I keep on track with our financial goals.
That being said, it’s been a struggle letting go of saving money on foods that I could make at home until more recently. As much as I like to bake and cook, it’s something that tends to stress me out as it adds more to my “list” of things to do and then I get cranky and my family gets the brunt of it. So yes, gluten free bread and dairy free cheese may be cost more when purchasing it but when it comes down to it, it’s worth the money to save the time and stress that it causes me and my family. I’d rather spend my time doing something that will energize me than spend time away from my needy kiddos and self-care activities.
That’s why it’s so important for me to pick four or five meals for the week so we know exactly what we need for our dinners to have enough food to last us for leftover lunches and dinners. Sometimes I will splurge and buy a ready made gluten free, dairy free pizza and other times I will make the crust homemade. I do bake and cook a little but mainly my husband is whipping up our dinners or treats to take some of the load off of my plate which I’m so grateful for! Some of us don’t have this kind of help in the home though so it really comes down to whether you’re happier making from scratch foods or if it is better doing something easier or pre-made. My almost 5 year old daughter loves to help make food but only sometimes. I think this will be a great activity when she gets older and I will gladly make more foods and save some money knowing that this activity is teaching her and allowing us to bond, if that’s the case. If she isn’t into it that’s okay too. I just know right now in this season in my life, it’s worth paying a little more for things like bread or the like.
Do you find yourself spending more time and stress into something that you could pay to ease some stress in your life? If so, what does that look like for your family? I’d love to hear from you!