The past few months have been pretty crazy around our house. My husband was in a serious car accident near the end of winter, thankfully (very thankfully) he is just fine - his car however was totaled. Although we did get some (some) money through insurance we had to unexpectedly purchase a new car. *the sound of money flying out the window*
About a month ago we found some water leaking into our basement. I'll spare you all the details, but as a result we are now having to do a completely unplanned total basement renovation. *the sound of money flying out the window*
Last week, our oven caught on fire. We think (we hope) that it was just the element dying and needing to be replaced. The replacement part is ordered and I am hoping when it arrives this week that will solve our problem, because I really really do not want to have to buy a new oven right now.
These things happen. They are unfortunate, but life goes on. Everyone in our house is in good health and that is really what matters. Close friends of ours have a child fighting a terminal illness, and I am positive that they would take 100 unexpected basement renovations if it meant they could save their child or alleviate some of her suffering. Perspective.
I am also pregnant again and about to go on maternity leave. This means my income will be reduced by 50% for the next year.
Needless to say, with all the (major) unexpected expenses and the maternity leave quickly approaching we have been combing over the budget. I regularly budget for our groceries, but I am really looking to cut down on our expenses - which brings me to the Great Grocery Project. Over the next year, I am going to be carefully (minutely) tracking our grocery spending and hopefully sharing some helpful money saving tips with you along the way. My goal is to reduce our grocery spending without compromising the quality of our food. We drink a lot of milk and eat a lot of cheese in this house, and I don't really plan on cutting back in either of those area.
Watch this space - I will be posting regular (probably bi-weekly) updates and tips as we go.
P.S. - They Friday Night Dinner Project is nearing completion. I have about 5 menus left, and I will be completing them as the food budget allows.