This is a conversation about grocery shopping and spending habits that is sponsored by Tend.
During the seven years since that period I’ve been a stay at home mom and our family grew again in 2011. Over time “stay at home mom” evolved into “work at home mom” while I developed this space into something substantial. My husband ended up going back to the contractual union work he’d done before we met, which means a lot of fluctuation with work and money. Some months he works 70+ hours a week, and some months he’ll be off for weeks at a time. This can make our grocery budget fluctuate quite a bit, and I’ve had to learn some tricks to shopping that really helps stretch our grocery budget to suit our needs and our family. Thankfully we’re able to stock up on meats, spices and other items when our budget is more flexible so that when our budget tightens up we still have food available to use. However, it’s taken years of patience and practice to get to this point!
Prior to meeting my husband I was a single mom, and I struggled back then too. For many years I was just working hard trying to pay bills and keep a roof over our heads that grocery shopping wasn’t really a priority. Sadly, most of my older kids’ younger years are marked with drive through’s and eating out. We would cook over the weekend or on special occasions, but home cooked meals were far and few between. When I struggled to make ends meet as a single mom, I’d try to apply for programs to help, but I often made too much to qualify, but still not quite enough to pay the bills. That’s a tough situation to be in, and when I already lived in an affordable apartment, paid minimal bills, and had no credit card debt, the only other thing I could do was get a second job – which would’ve meant less time to spend with my children and any money I’d make working the second job would go to childcare in order to wo...