Having a big family is like supersizing life. It’s more of everything- the good and the bad. I never grew up wanting a big family, but since I have one I’ve learned it means you are totally outnumbered for the rest of your life. Forget man-to-man defense, forget playing zone. It’s like David vs Goliath, and you’re the little guy.
Having a big family can be a supersized helping of fun as well. Here are seven tips for raising seven kids.
1. You will never have enough food, so shop smart and make a plan.
Kids eat, and big kids eat even more. You will spend a large amount of your time as a mom of many making food for your family. You will go to the grocery store, spend $400, and open the fridge three days later to find it practically empty. You can go broke feeding a half dozen (or more) little people every day.
Menu planning is the key to staying within the grocery budget. Plan breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for maximum savings, shop the sales, buy in bulk, use coupons, and eat more whole foods to save money. Teach your kids when they are young to eat grown up food. If not you’ll go broke buying fast food and frozen food at the grocery store. Picky eaters can sabotage the grocery budget.
Make a meal plan and shopping list and stick to it. You’ll still spend a lot of money every month on food, but at least it won’t go to waste and you won’t be making unplanned trips to the store.