Does absence make the heart grow fonder? I can’t believe it has been over 3 months since I have posted! There has been a pretty major change in my family’s life that has uprooted my whole everything really. At some point in March I received a notice that my family had to move and we only had 30 days to make it happen. I don’t know about you but we don’t just have a lot of money sitting around to spend on moving a 4 bedroom house along with first month’s rent and a deposit. To say I was freaking out does not begin to describe what was going on in my head! I went into full crisis mode honestly.
After making many phone calls and emails to as many people as I could I found us a place. It’s perfect actually…..I know nothing is actually perfect but this house is pretty close. It has an office with doors for the work at home hubby, it has a downstairs guest bedroom and bathroom for visitors, and the most important thing is that it has enough bedrooms for each little to have their own. The walk in closets are pretty great too! The neighborhood is full of kids and at the end of the street is an elementary school that is one of the best in the county. I know everything happens for a reason and I truly believe this was what needed to happen to our family although the timing could have been better for sure.
With all of the changes going on I have had to move my desk into the upstairs loft instead of the common area like it was previously. My sewing machine, craft stuff, painting supplies, everything had to go upstairs. To say I felt misplaced is completely accurate! I still have boxes to unpack in the loft and storage to figure out so that space is still pretty unusable. All the stress from the move and eating horribly for quite a while has pushed me into several flare ups with my health that have left me pretty much house bound and almost recliner bound for the most part.
This has given me plenty of time to evaluate where I want this blog to go. I started this blog initially to post menus for families that were budget friendly and give some easy recipes to go along for those that aren’t talented in the kitchen. I have thought for a while now that I want to expand on that idea. I enjoy posting the menu plan that we are currently using for the week but I also want to include some of the issues I struggle with when trying feed a family on a budget or what our family does when I am unable to shop or sometimes even cook. I have strayed from eating most of my meals at home and struggled to get back on track honestly. It has been so much easier to just ride with hubby to whatever place and pick up not so good for us food.
In an effort to increase our savings and dig ourselves out of debt I have to make some changes to our food budget. The first step in this journey has already been completed. I have already assessed what we owe, I know what my husband brings in, and I know how much needs to be paid on each debt. To me that was the easy part! The hard part will be curbing the impulse buys, the goodwill trips, the I’m bored so lets walk around the store trips, and the weekend trips to antique stores. I love looking at goodwill and antique stores for things like books and vases!
I have not decided how much of our journey I will share here but I will say that we have paid off almost $900 in debt over the past 2 months! For now I will share a total of how much debt we have successfully paid off in an effort to encourage myself and help my family stay on track. I pay bills once a month so those updates will be around that time frame. I have found some wonderful things on Pinterest of how to feed a family for cheap and will be using those tricks along with ones from my previous posts.
So while the the blog name will stay Menu Mommy I will be discussing more than just menu planning! Topics will include easy craft ideas, frugal ways to decorate, money saving ideas for birthday parties and holidays, a few parenting ideas, and some personal finance thrown in to share our getting out of debt journey. And so it begins….