Oh, my God. The price of groceries is OUT OF CONTROL!!! I am spending almost twice as much on food each week as I did a year ago. In recent months, I have watched my weekly food bill inch up until I was spending $300 a week for the four of us. That is way too much, so tonight, I spent a full hour at the supermarket (I usually zip in and out as fast as I can). I compared prices, I looked for specials, I agonized over every item that I chose. In the end, I walked out with half a shopping cart of food for $135. I used to fill up two shopping carts for $135! In three days, I'll have to go shopping again, and I really can't afford it. I'm freaking out.
Then I come home and see this article in the New York Times. This woman in Connecticut obsessively collects coupons and buys sale items in bulk. She managed to cut her $130 total to $96 using coupons. She also locks up the snacks that she buys in a shed in the basement so that her sons don't eat them too quickly. While I probably should admire this woman and strive to emulate her, I actually think that she's a bit nuts because her entire life seems to revolve around those damn coupons.
I just want to feed and clothe and educate my kids without having to stay up nights worrying constantly about how I'm going to make it to the end of the month. I'm so drained by all the worrying. Children are a blessing, and I really do love mine, but boy are they expensive!
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