As my kids are growing, so are their appetites. I have 3 skinny kids and really didn't think they ate a lot. But as the groceries seem to dwindle at a rapid pace, I am now realizing that yes, they ARE little piggies. Either that, or I'm eating in my sleep.
If you take a look at my checkbook, other than bill entries, you mostly see: "Wegmans", "Foodtown", "Wegmans", "Wegmans", etc., etc. We are constantly taking trips to the food store.
Quite honestly, it's breaking the bank.
I've been trying different ideas to cut back on the expense. I buy store brand items, whenever possible. Most products from Wegmans are great, some not so much. I try something new every trip to see if it will pass the taste test with my kids. If it does, it makes onto the list, permanently.
I also have been taking their snacks and breaking them down into snack bags. I purchase the store brand, snack sized, ziploc baggies and place one serving size in each. Though time consuming, I have to say, that since doing this, I see that snacks last a LOT longer. The kids no longer sit in front of the tv with a bag of pretzels and polish it off. The mindless eating was spoiling their real meals and costing me a fortune. The snack bag actually fills them; the bag empties and they are done. It's SO worth the effort!
Can I get an Amen?
This morning I took a large box of Goldfish and a bag of Teddy Grahams and looked at the label. I actually counted out each serving and filled as many bags as I could. I then placed them in a plastic basket in the snack cabinet.
That's when I noticed something. According to the Teddy Grahams box I should have had 10 servings. The Goldfish box should have had 32.
They ripped me off! I was a serving short on bears and 4 servings off on Goldfish. Now I understand that some of the food gets crushed in the box. There were a few pieces of the graham crackers in the bottom of the bag and quite a big of the Goldfish. BUT....not THAT much was mashed.
How long have I been gypped? Think about how that adds up over the years.
Shame on you Pepperidge Farms and Nabisco! How about some FREE coupons?