I've got some amazing comments, tips, and emails this week.
From my "All about diapers" post:
Jenalee - YES! Here's my tip...
The store-brand baby wash, lotion, soap, rash ointment, etc. are just as good as the name-brand stuff most of the time. From my personal experience in trying both, I have found that the store-brand items have been just as effective as the name brand items...at about 1/2 the price. BUT - every baby is different so just buy a small container of it, try it, and decide for yourself. But don't discount the "cheaper" products because many times they are just as good!
From my "About Me" page:
From my "Contact" page:
From my "World's best cinnamon roll" recipe post:
Melanie - Yes, I would think so...does it rise the dough? Give it a try and if it doesn't work, then try a bread maker next time. I got mine from a thrift store for a few dollars!
From my "How much should I pay for...?" post:
Kami- Yes, that is really really hard. A special diet does bring different factors into spending. HOWEVER...a lot of the same principles still apply.
- Buy the things that are on sale, and stock up when (if) they go on sale.
- Pick your battles. You most likely don't need to buy EVERYTHING from a specialty store.
- Even organic things can be bought at a discount from places like Costco.
- Grow your own organic veggies and it will cut down on your grocery bill. Gardens can be BIG...and they are free!
- If Max is the one with the allergies, maybe buy everyone else healthy - but not specialty - food so that everyone else's grocery budget can be cheaper. Since he is just a toddler, I assume he doesn't eat that much. If the rest of you can eat gluten and corn, there might not be any reason for you all to eat gluten-free as well. I would recommend implementing the "normal" foods into your own diets. If you choose to buy organic, that's totally ok! But if he is the only one with the specific special dietary needs, there might not be a need for everyone else to eat 100% of the same food as him. That might be tough on him to eat differently than everyone else at first, but he will be faced with that for the rest of his life so he'll get used to it eventually either way. And it will certainly make more work for you to make 2 separate meals, but that would be an easy way to cut your bill in half. If you make pizza, make him a small one with his special gluten-free foods and make everyone else's pizza with the organic, but non-gluten free foods and you could potentially save half or more on your groceries!
- If you choose to spend that much on groceries, that is your choice. We are all 100% free to choose how to spend our money, and if it needs to be groceries for you, that's totally ok! Just choose other areas in your life to sacrifice and be disciplined in so that it all balances out.
Thanks so much for bringing that up!
From my "DIY Ice Packs" guest post:
From my "Home remedy tips" post:
From my "Favorite hangers" post:
Shauna - I shop at the Costco in Sandy Utah, they still have tons. If you have multiple Costco's in your area, call around and see if they carry any. Each Costco carries different inventory, though, so sorry!!!
Thanks for the comments and emails, keep them coming! Have a great week :)