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Before going to the grocery store sit down with the ads for the current week and THEN plan out your menu. I go through all the ads circling what prices are good and items I can use, then I take them to Walmart (who price matches) and get them there.
I spend $50 a week for a family of 4 (a husband with a huge appetite, a teen, and a 5 year old boy who eats alot). We have steak and all our favorites, it just takes extra planning on my part (about 2 hours a week). It's worth it!
Talking with your teen can be a challenge when all you want to do is give advice and tell them what they should be doing. Remember to let your teen vent because they spend all day around adults who tell them what to do and where to go. Sometimes venting helps your teen become better communicators. You have to let them live even though inside you think you will die if they make the mistake you want them to avoid. If your teen feels comfortable talking to you, things are good for both of you!
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