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MEET OUR FAMILY OF 8

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Yes, you read that right, our family of 8.  We have 6 kids at home.  One of the most common things I get asked is how we feed such a big family.  So here’s this blog, an extension and special focus from my main blog- A to Z for Moms Like Me.

ABOUT OUR FAMILY

Currently we have 6 kids living at home.  Their ages are: 4, 7, 11, 13, 15, and 17 (yes- a houseful of teenagers!) And just so you know we don’t have an easy grocery task- three of the teenagers are boys!! (one of them alone probably eats 1/3 of the food we buy for the family)

We make most of our meals homemade, and as close to as scratch as possible- I like the term “semi-homemade”.  Meaning we may use a can of soup, or store bought pasta- because really, who has time to make everything from scratch?!? I certainly don’t.

We don’t buy processed foods very often, in fact, cold cereal is one of the few things we buy often that’s processed.  We’ll go years between buying Kraft (or any other type) Mac & Cheese.  The last time I bought some you would have thought it was Christmas for my kids! haha  So no Hamburger Helper, no boxed meals, no store bought frozen lasagna or other frozen meals, no store bought cookie dough, and as I’m typing this I realize we do purchase bread & bagels from the store so maybe that’s a close tie with the cold cereal.

We rarely eat fast food.  I do love a weekly pizza night so we probably order pizza 2-3 times a month, but we also make homemade pizza some weeks too.  My husband and I go on a date every week and usually we will go out to eat at a restaurant such as Chili’s.  Other than when on vacation, it is a very rare occasion for us to get fast food, take out, or restaurant food as a family.  (probably one of the top keys to saving money each month)

If you’re reading this and thinking there is no way you can make all your food from scratch, stop eating fast food, and processed foods don’t worry, it may just be easier than you think!  In this blog I will share recipes, groceries, budget, instructions, and more to help make it easy enough that anyone can save money.

I am also a Thrive Life consultant– Thrive Life is freeze dried foods.  It’s the perfect solution to keeping foods from spoiling and going to waste, as well as building your food storage since it has a 25-30 year shelf life.  Did I mention it doesn’t have any GMOs or added coloring/flavoring, and there are organic and gluten free options as well!  Freeze dried foods have about the same nutritional value as fresh food (better than canned or frozen even).  You can check out my website for more information or to place an order at www.what8ate.thrivelife.com 

By height, I still have 2 kids shorter than me!

ALWAYS PLAN AHEAD, BUT ALSO BE FLEXIBLE

Over the years I have learned the importance of planning ahead, no matter if it’s a menu plan, grocery list, budget, coupons, freezer meals, etc.  But at the same time, it helps to be flexible so if there’s an amazing and unexpected sale that comes up you can take advantage of the savings.  Also, sickness, and other normal life stuff happens that can throw things off a bit- don’t stress! Just go with the flow and it will eventually balance out again.

It is my hope that through this blog you will be inspired and learn some tips that will benefit your family.

You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.

Albert Camus

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