Meal Budgeting 101

Now, I know hearing that we feed our family of 4 for $200 a month sounds crazy! And it kind of is. At first, I thought this was a joke. There was no way I could really make this happen unless I was one of those crazy couponers (no offense). Running an in-home daycare with 6 kids during the day I really don’t have the time to sit down and clip coupons. I wanted to have a meal plan that was fitting for us to decide on, then just go with it. Now, I am not saying that I don’t shop the sales and use coupons when they are available because I do, just not habitually.

For those living in South Eastern Michigan, you may have heard of a store called Busch’s. This is where we do all of our shopping. Continue reading Meal Budgeting 101

Hello world!

Welcome to Best Mom I Can Be! Here is a little bit about my family and why I decided to have a blog.

My husband, Mike and just got married Feb 6th, 2016. I had 2 children from a previous marriage but he doesn’t look at them that way. They are his and claims them as his (I found the right man! Few bumps along the way but I found him. 🙂 ).  Our oldest daughter, Mikayla is 6 and our son, Derik is 3. We are hoping for one more to add to our family in the very near future. I was a “corporate mom” for 5 years and in February of 2015 we decided that it was time for a change. I was very unhappy where I was and wanted to be there more for our children. Mikayla was struggling with kindergarten (I know!! It is crazy to think your child could fail kindergarten! we will discuss this in length at a later date) and I wanted to be there more for her and for Derik. So, I decided to open a daycare in my home. As of March 2nd I have been fully operational for a year. This job change was drastic for us. We used to live very comfortably and making this change was a huge cut in our income. But we felt that this change would be what was best for our family. We wanted to be there more for our children. With this change comes with additional changes, a HUGE one being budgeting!! I decided to start this blog because I have had numerous people ask me “How do you do it?” ” How do you make 30 meals under $200?” ” How do you have the time to make dinner while watching 6 kids everyday?” The exclamations also helped this decision. 🙂 People walking in saying how great dinner smells & their surprise when I tell them we spend 1 day making dinners for the whole next month, they are in shock and want to know how they can do the same.  They want to know how we have budgeted, meal planned, and how we make it all happen while our kids are still getting fun and exciting experiences. Well, from this Stay at Home Mom to you, it is possible to make 30 family sized dinners for a family of 4 for $200. Stay tuned for tips on budgeting, meal planning and more!

Just a little snap shot of our wonderful family & my parents 🙂

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