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Okay, so in my move to North Carolina from Texas and from a large metroplex to a RURAL town. Or perhaps I should say settlement? There is no grocery store. There are no stoplights. There is no fast food. Are you getting the picture here?? I do have a walmart (kill me) about 25 minutes away as well as a piggly wiggly (I know, right? I didn't know those still existed!)

One of the largest adjustments is dealing with the cost of food. I am spending easily triple what I used to. Meat does not go on sale here. Why is produce SO expensive when all I see around me are farms?? I go to a literal farm stand and a pound of tomatoes is $3. We split part of a cow with another family, had it butchered, and it came out to over $4/lb!!!! Shouldn't having your own cow be cheaper than the store? Maybe in some places it is, but here? NOPE.

Anyway, my husband has told me that I can't spend money anymore. But, not like that. Not like it sounds. He has 1 more year of his Masters degree left and then we are going to try and buy a house again. So we need some bank to do so. I am going to TRY my hardest to keep my grocery budget for a family of 6 to $200/month. I've budgeted $250 just in case, but I think I'm going to try and do 2 weeks worth of grocery shopping at a time so I don't have to drive so much. Once I've got a game plan for the first 2 weeks of Jan, I'll post it and keep you updated on how it's going.

Merry Christmas!


Mary said…
I am in AR, originally from NC and you have me so curious to where you moved to in NC! :) I lived in a place VERY similar to what you just described---although Stedman does have a stoplight these days. lol

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