$60 Bi-Weekly Meal Plan- Extra for a Long Term Guest

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I did it.  I went over my budget.  Actually, this is the SECOND time in a row I went over budget.  On my last shopping trip I went WAY over with junk food.  You can check out the haul for that trip here.  In fairness, I went over and bought the junk food on that trip because I was recovering from gall bladder surgery, and I needed some easy things for my family to make and eat.  I wish I had enough time to prepare meals in advance, but I didn’t.  That’s just the way it goes sometimes.

Anyway…  This time, there is ANOTHER emergency situation that has caused us to expand the budget.  My mother is staying with us for a while.  She lives one street from the ocean on the SC coast, and she was forced to evacuate because of Hurricane Matthew.  We are not sure how long she will need to stay, so we planned to include her in our meals for the next two weeks.  Since I have a family of 5, and we normally budget $50 for two weeks (check out How I Feed My Family of 5 for $100 Every Month for more info), that means we normally budget $10 per week per person.  So, I added $10 for my mom for a total of $60 to spend on this bi-weekly budget.

The menu plan for the coming weeks has proved to be a little tricky, though.  It’s not all because of my mom.  It’s because I have a LOT going on.  We have revival coming up.  There is our homeschool co-op and a Mom’s night out.  Plus, I have a doctor’s appointment. It just feels like I need an easy meal or crockpot meal just about every night.  The thing is, that gets boring, and it’s just not possible.  So, I finally came up with a meal plan, but I am still not 100% happy with it.  I may be hitting Pinterest up.  Still, I wanted to share with you what I have down.  It may help you to make a plan for your week.  Here it is…

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7 Ways to Respond to Negative Comments About Homeschool II Virtual Homeschool Co-op

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7 Ways to Respond to Negative Comments About Homeschool thefundamentalhome.com

 

Homeschoolers get negative comments from time to time.

It’s just a fact.

But let’s be real.  From the time you have your first child, you are bombarded with opinions from well-meaning family and friends (and sometimes critical strangers) who feel they need to share with you exactly where they stand on whatever it is your are doing with and for that child.

Of course, once you take a step out into the world of homeschooling, it can seem like you stepped in front of a firing squad.  Those negative questions and comments come at you so fast, you hardly know how to respond.

So, how should you respond to negative comments about your homeschool?

Let me tell you how I deal with it…

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The $44 Menu Plan- Feeding a Family of 5 for Two Weeks

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The $44 Menu Plan Feeding a Family of 5 for Two Weeks- The Fundamental Home

This has been a time of bounty.  We are coming off the end of summer.  Everyone is back on a rather normal school schedule. Our cabinets, refrigerator, and freezer are stocked.  Life is good.

So, this week, when we made our bi-weekly shopping trip, we discovered that there wasn’t much we actually NEEDED.  Instead, we could just get some great bargains and use them to build our menu plan.

Of course, I started at our local discount grocery store.  After that, it was Aldi.  My total spending: $44. 15.

Even I was impressed. As you know, we usually budget $50 every two weeks for our family of 5.  (If you didn’t know, be sure to check out my blog series called, “How I Feed My Family of 5 for $100 Every Month” for more details about how I shop.)  This was probably my smallest haul in a really long time.  Even so, I got some amazing deals!

My favorite deal of all was the packages of frozen bagels.  I got them 4 for $1.  I also bought some hot dogs for $1 a package.  What made them special was that these were all beef, kosher, gluten free hot dogs.  Let me tell you, having a child with special dietary needs means that hot dogs usually aren’t a family friendly meal.  Sure, I buy them, but then I have to make Ricky something else.  Not this time.  I could but these hot dogs knowing that everyone in the family could eat them.  That is a great buy!  Another great deal was the frozen, antibiotic-free, ground turkey that we purchased for $1 a pound.  I was SUPER excited about that.

I can’t neglect to mention, too, that my sweet friend shared her bounty with me.  We were the recipients of a large supply of free food thanks to her generosity.  Her mother decided to get rid of some things in her freezer, so she have them to the daughter.  Well, my friend filled her freezer and offered me what wouldn’t fit.  And guess what?!  A lot of it was gluten free!  BONUS!

Anyway, if you want to see all of my great deals, check out the video haul:

My face, though 🙂

This shopping trip was on Thursday, but I have not had a moment to post the video or share my menu plan until now.  I rushed to make sure it was available to you ASAP!  Without further ado, here is the menu plan…

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Is Your Homeschool Structured or Relaxed? Virtual Homeschool Co-op 2016-2016 Assignment 1

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Is Your Homeschool Structured or Relaxed? Virtual Homeschool Co-op 2016-2017 Assignment 1, The Fundamental Home

It’s a new school year!

I am so excited to, once again, be participating in the fantastic online community: The Virtual Homeschool Co-op.  This is a YouTube channel (and now a blog) where community members are assigned a question every week.  They answer that question about their homeschool and share that information online.  This can be in the form of a YouTube video or in a blog post.  Every Tuesday, we are linking up!  You should totally consider joining, too!  It’s free!  Plus!  If you don’t want to make videos or blog posts, but you are interested in learning about how other families homeschool, the Virtual Homeschool Co-op has all of this information in one place for your convenience.  We hope it will be a help and an encouragement to you.

This is the first assignment for the 2016-2017 school year: “Is Your Homeschool Structured or Relaxed?”  We were supposed to answer this question in terms of our curriculum, our schedule, and our classroom.

Let me share a little bit with you about how I responded…

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Gluten Free Pumpkin Blueberry Muffins & Pumpkin Bread Rolls

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Gluten Free Pumpkin Blueberry Muffins & Pumpkin Bread Rolls from The Fundamental Home

 

It’s starting to feel like fall!  That means pumpkin flavored everything!

Recently, I made a vlog showing how I make some pumpkin treats.  The pumpkin bread rolls were tasty, and I wanted to share the recipe, so I looked all over the internet thinking I could just attach a link.  Would you believe that I could not find it?!  The recipe came from an old Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook.  I figured that the blog would be a good place to share this old, classic recipe.  To spare my fingers from typing more than necessary, I snapped this picture of the recipe:

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How I Feed My Family of 5 for $100 a Month: June 2016 Bi-weekly Meal Plan

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How I Feed My Family of 5 for $100 a Month with Bi-Weekly Meal Plan thefundamentalhome.com

 

It’s  been a while since I have been active on the blog.  My new love for YouTube and finishing up the homeschool year has kept me from having the time and energy to write.  That doesn’t mean I won’t be writing in the future.  I just have to figure out a way to balance it all.  You know how it is, moms.  We have so much on our plates, something has to be let go or we get super overwhelmed.  In my case, it was writing.  I am sure you understand.

Of course, if you miss me, you can always run over to my YouTube channel, called- The Fundamental Home.  I am posting there every day.

Anyway, this week, I did my 6 month video update on the “How I Feed My Family of 5 for $100 a Month” series.  If you haven’t read that blog series, there are five parts.  Here are the links to each part:

Part 1: Organization and Discipline

Part 2: Menu and Inventory

Part 3: The Process with Video and Tips 

Part 4: Making Your Groceries Stretch (this is my favorite part)

Part 5: Tips to Make the Most of Your Budget

The last video I made for the series was in January after we had been snowed in for two weeks.  I have been so surprised by the number of views and comments on that video.  People are asking the same questions over and over.   I think I am going to do a follow-up video and answer those questions, even though, if folks read the comments, they could probably find the answers they are looking for.

But I digress.

So, here we are with the new update.  I went shopping with Briana yesterday, and we found lots of great bargains.  You will see in the video that I did use one coupon, which I don’t normally do.  Hey, if you give me a coupon to get something for free, I will use it!  I also went to several stores.  We had the time and energy, and I wanted to try some new stops.  Normally, I don’t drive around so much because it defeats the cost-saving purpose, but you have to check out the competition every once in a while.  Otherwise, you might miss out on a deal.  Here’s the video:

I like to share my menu plan after I do a shopping video.  This way, you can see how I use my purchases.  I did shop on Friday this week.  We had enough that I didn’t have to run out on Thursday, my usual shopping day.  This was good because I had made plans to go see one of my new YouTube friends.  It was a blast!  So, the plan is for Friday to the 2nd Thursday.  I have links to some that have videos.  Without further ado, here’s our menu plan…

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$50 Bi-Weekly Menu Plan for Family of 5

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$50 Bi-weekly Menu Plan for family of 5- thefundamentalhome.com

Thanks for checking out THE UPDATE on the “How I Feed My Family for $100 Every Month” Series.  Here is our menu plan for the next two weeks.  I am pretty sure I will have leftovers from my grocery purchases.

Remember, this plan only includes dinner.  We have breakfast and lunch options on our menu that are open to everyone.

For more information about how I feed my family of 5 for under $100 every month, check out the series of blog posts linked below:

Part 1: Organization and Discipline

Part 2: Menu and Inventory

Part 3: The Process with Video and Tips 

Part 4: Making Your Groceries Stretch (this is my favorite part)

Part 5: Tips to Make the Most of Your Budget

Here is our bi-weekly menu- be sure to click the links to find video tutorials (made by me!) showing how I make some of these meals:

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How I Feed My Family for $100 Every Month: January 2016 Update

Hello everyone!

I thought I would update you all on our grocery situation.  My most popular posts of 2015 were part of the “How I Feed My Family of 5 for $100 Every Month” Series.  Here are links to all 5 parts:

Part 1: Organization and Discipline

Part 2: Menu and Inventory

Part 3: The Process with Video and Tips 

Part 4: Making Your Groceries Stretch (this is my favorite part)

Part 5: Tips to Make the Most of Your Budget

I still get questions and comments pretty regularly, and someone commented recently that I had written the post a while ago and prices may have changed.  This post is about 6 months old, and I am happy to say that, overall, prices have gone down in that time.  I think that this is due to the dropping gas prices.  No matter what the reason, my budget is happy.  We are still plugging along at $100 a month.

However, we did have an issue in the last few weeks.

Snowpacalypse

We were snowed in for several days and unable to leave and get groceries.  Thankfully, we had enough to tough it out, but just barely 😉  I made a video for you all to share what our cabinets looked like after the we had been snowed in and what I purchased with my $50 bi-weekly budget.  Here it is!  Watch and tell me what you think (but you have to watch until the end- I make a very important point in the last few minutes.)  🙂

Thank you for watching!  Be sure to subscribe to our Youtube channel for future updates.  In the morning, I should have the completed bi-weekly menu posted.

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Long Ago, in the Fundamental Home Far, Far Away: A Christmas Story

 

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I trust you all have had a wonderful Christmas holiday weekend.

In our household, we enjoyed a restful Christmas Day.  We woke up late- a benefit of having older children.  Before we did anything else, everyone grabbed their Bibles to read the story of the birth of Christ.  Rick divided up the passage, so we all had verses to read.  After spending some time focused on the Lord, and in prayer, we started to enjoyed opening gifts.  Each child had 5 gifts to open- 4 from the family, and 1 from a friend who had brought them something a few days before.  We had saved them to open with our other gifts on Christmas Day.  Rick and I each had one gift to open, too.

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How I Feed My Family of 5 For Under $100 Every Month: Part 5

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It’s the last week of our grocery budgeting series.  I hope it has been a blessing to you and your family.

This week, I am going to share with you 8 tips to make the most of your grocery budget.

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