Hi Gayle -
Still loving the heck out of your blog! One question, though: does your family have pets? If so, how do their needs fit into your weekly budget? Or do you consider pet supplies to be a separate category from groceries?
I'm single and have no children (yet!), but I have a Chihuahua and three cats (and I'm not even a cat person! I'm just a big ol' sucker), and I am here to tell you, they are BUDGET-RUINERS! Pet food and cat litter eat a HUGE hole in my weekly shopping budget. So I'm VERY interested to see how you or your readers handle this.
Keep up the awesome work, and God bless!
If there was a "Stump Gayle" day then this would be it. We've never been big on pets in our house. When I was a kid they were great because my mom did all the work but now that I'm the mom, the romance has worn off. We've had lizards (died), fish (died) hamsters (yup, died) and a dog (gave it away before it joined all the other pets).
And I have to admit to being tempted lately by all the cute kittens and dogs I've been seeing as well as how my kids look so sad when they talk about wanting a pet of their own.
But there is no way I could fit the food and vet bills into our budget right now. So maybe there is something that you know that I don't. Well, I'm sure there is a lot of that but I mean pertaining to frugal pet ownership.
So here's your chance to jump in and give Kelly and I both some tips on how it can be done.