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      We do a lot of soups and crock pot stuff. You are right. The toddler stuff is endless with diapers, potty training, teething/babies/formula, and even just snacks can be crazy. Mom and I cut cheese, apples, put together fruit salads, and dole out the crackers all day long it seems. Sometimes I think the toddlers eat as much as any teenager. Since I’ve raised 3 daughters and still have one at home I’ve had kids at every age and stage for years.



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      From: Lucy Anderson
      Sent: Monday, July 28, 2008 9:32 AM
      Subject: Re: : eating out vs. groceries, and knowing your budget


      I have six kids…. (5 at home) but the difference with those of us with
      kids is that they are varying ages (because we had them ourselves) and all
      of mine are past day care age and on to the age that I can get them to do
      some of the cooking with me. You have pint-sized kids who probably don’t
      cook much.

      I’m not sure how you do it all with perpetual toddlers… Make your crock
      pot your new best friend? You can toss dinner into it in the morning and
      it’s magically ready at dinner time. I cook with 10 hour work days outside
      the home and that helps me a lot.

      On Mon, Jul 28, 2008 at 6:36 AM, Suzi McMullen <> wrote:


      > Well now that is the crux of the matter. I already work 7 days per
      > week 24 hours per day. I can put more effort into the cooking and
      > shopping. But if I do that to the degree some of you are talking about,
      > then the kids will get outside less and I won’t be able to do nearly as much
      > in general for the kids. I don’t now how moms of 6+ kids do it and save
      > money at the same time. Essentially, that’s how many kids I have with my
      > own included. It seems I’m always trying to cut back on time wasters where
      > I can. I just get so frazzled and tired. And it’s not like I’m new at this
      > or young. I’ve been doing daycare and living the life of a stay at home mom
      > for 21 years. No matter where I ramp up in one or two areas something else
      > always suffers.
      > Suzi

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