We have issues with this too

Our budget is between $300 to $500 a month depending on what yearly bills are due that month. We live in Southern Cali where we are a family of 6 with 2 very big male eaters (DH is 6’4 and 270) 4 cats and 3 dogs. Also one in diapers so we use cloth diapers which saves a ton and is so easy to use.
I use coupons, loss leaders, clearance racks and try to make as much from scratch as I can that I cannot get cheaper with coupons. It always seems to be a balancing game. I had been sick the last few years ending in 2 surgeries last July. I am getting my strength back so we are back to growing some of our food. Just planted some carrots today.
I know people call those that use a lot of coupons and store a lot hoarders but it really makes a big difference when you do not have to worry if the kids will be able to eat. When there are great coupons I try to get as many as I can and stockpile all I can. Last couple of months there was a $1 off 1 Progresso soup coupon. I have about 60 cans ranging from zero to .28 each. We tend not to eat a lot of canned soup so that could last us a year. Also Walmart gives overages on coupons so when it is a coupon where the item is priced less then the coupon I shop there. Birdeye recipe ready is a good example. They range from $1 to $1.99 but there are coupons $1.50 on 1 and $1 on 1 so a lot of free and very cheap veggies for the freezer

I am pretty excited!

I know the Dave plan works. It still seems insane when you actually see it trickle down to your kids. When my son was in Jr high he was the only kid in his class who knew what a IRA was. They told him to make a fake budget with a credit card and a car payment. He refused. That’s my boy. I am soooo glad I found this wp forum. 🙂