Today was our biweekly grocery trip - and by grocery trip, I mean "choreographed production involving a menu plan for the next two weeks, a large list, two stores, tons of coupons, three family members, a calculator, a system for bagging and a partridge in a pear tree." This is our "works for us" routine, now, and I forget how weird it is until the checkout lady looks at me like, "How much of a mess do you people make with your 30-pack of paper towels, and why do you have 70 pounds of cat litter?"
This was actually a very light trip - between both stores, we were under $240 total, which is really good, budgetarily speaking. And Sarah was willing to come and help, which was also great. Generally our routine is that Chris pushes the cart and manages the list (and the crossing off of things on it); I handle tallying up our expenditures on the calculator using a rounded-to-the-nearest-quarter, military-like precision sytem, and I also juggle the not-yet-used coupons; and, if we're joined by Mom or Sarah, that person holds the used coupons. If we have FOUR people, a miracle beyond expression, then I don't have to hold (or subsequently drop) the unused coupons, either.
Sarah was a big help today, even doing some math in her head for us at one store to see what we spent and if it would be enough to use our "$10 off your $35 purchase" coupon. And, in another piece of great news, she was hungry. That's a big deal; Sarah is actually so underweight that she's in the first percentile - meaning, if you found 100 kids with her same birthday, she would be the thinnest for her height. Every time. So when she wants to eat something... we make it happen. Exactly the opposite of our own grocery-store strategy, which is never to go when we're hungry!
We normally don't have a side dish with our tacos, but Chris is incredibly smart, and he says, "What about some rice as a side dish?" So I find a simple box of organic rice pilaf, and into the cart that goes as well.
We get home, and we all work together to make dinner. For the finished product, Sarah layered into her stand-and-stuff taco shell (a BIG requirement for her, on taco night) the following, from the bottom up:
- Ground beef
- Rice pilaf
- More cheese
I'm linking up today with Happy Family Times!