In the 8 years we've been together, Sam's has been a place we go on the hunt for one particular item. Or a few things here and there. We've NEVER gone to Sam's and bought a whole bunch of stuff at one time.
The closest we got was going there before July 4th to get stuff for the family barbecue... but even then we just bought buns and hamburgers. All the other fixings we bought from Walmart.
It just hit me... using these store names, I'm going to end up getting bombarded with Spam. Hopefully my Spam filter is really working.
Anywho...last school year, the kids weren't very happy about the school lunches. They taste OK, it's just that they don't get enough food. When the kids were playing sports last year (Peanut for volleyball and track, and Butter when he tried out for basketball even though he didn't make the team), they both complained of headaches and not feeling well after practice. And I put it down to the fact that they hadn't eaten enough.
So, this year, I decided with now three children in school, it might be better if they started taking their own lunch. With lunch prices being $1.65 per kid and breakfasts being $1.30 per kid...the money can really start to add up. For the kids just to eat lunch, I'd be spending $100 a month.. and for the kids to have both breakfast and lunch, it would cost around $175. I was positive that I could use that money, less actually, for the kids to take their own lunches....and have more food to eat.
Which is where our Sam's membership finally came in very useful for the first time in eight years.
I decided that if the kids were going to be taking lunch every day and eating breakfast before they left AND wanted a snack of some kind before their sport practices...it was time to buy in bulk.
We took the trek to Sam's yesterday afternoon and for the first time EVER, left with a full cart. I was able to get chips, crackers, peanut butter, breakfast bars, granola bars, Pop Tarts (kids must have variety..LOL), and stuff for them to drink that should last almost the entire month...and spent about $100. All I have left to buy, now, is bread each week. We also picked up a 4lbs ham at Walmart for $8..so there is meat for sandwiches if they want that instead of PB&J.
So, I spent quite a bit less money... but now get to choose the food my kids eat each day...AND there's much more of it, so they are fed appropriately for their vigorous activity that takes place after school each day.
We've managed to get ourselves in to a nice routine each morning preparing lunches. I worried a little that it would mess with us getting out the door on time, but each child takes on getting stuff ready for their own lunch...even Jelly has a hand at fixing her own lunch...they grab something to eat for breakfast, and we're out the door. No fuss. No hassle. On time.
I kinda like the feeling of having those few minutes together in the kitchen each morning. All the kids are helping each other, and making sure everyone has everything they need. It doesn't happen very often..my kids all working together and helping each other, that is. So, if that's how we get our day started each day, I can kick my day off in a great mood.
Alright, that's enough rambling from me for one day.
Time to do laundry and clean my house!!