A Team Made Family Update and Budget Check-In

I had every intention to get last week’s budget post up on time last week…and then I did not.  We left for a nearly week-long camping trip last Friday and I took another CLEP exam this morning.  Excuses, excuses right?  Needless to say, I have been a bit busy.

Which is the story of our life here in the Team Made Family.  The story of everyone’s life, actually.  When we started this blog almost two years ago, Todd and I were not entirely sure where we wanted to take it.  We had a spark of interest in turning it into a side stream of income for our family and actually registered as a business “just in case.”  Pretty quickly, we decided against that.  We had neither the time to invest in growing a business nor the interest in constantly making a sales pitch.

So Team Made Family became a way for us to share some life lessons, update friends and family on our activities, and most importantly learn a whole bunch about ourselves.

People from all over the globe have read our blog.  We have received emails and messages from families looking for advice on recipes, homeschooling in DC, and teaching children with dyslexia how to read. It is a little bit shocking, and a whole lot humbling.

Todd discovered that he enjoys writing.  And someday, in the way-off future, hopefully he will have the opportunity to pursue that further.  I found a piece of myself that was hiding somewhere way deep inside.  I spent a lot of time contemplating the whats, whys, and hows of all the things I do every day when I was posting on the blog a bit more consistently.  That caused me to think about the talents God has given me and where they might best be utilized in the future.

So I chose to go back to school and pursue my teaching degree.  Maybe I would have decided to do that without the blog, but I kind of doubt it.  Writing for an audience of family, friends, and strangers gave me confidence to try something new, courage to experience something scary, and eagerness to finish something that I started.  Going back to college for someone who is almost forty years old is no small undertaking.  But I am really, really excited.  It is time.

So what does this mean for Team Made Family?  Well, we plan to shut off the lights in a couple of months.  Our web hosting contract is not quite up, and until it is I will continue to post budget updates.  Todd will also continue sharing his Weekend Work series.  And maybe we will have a handful more posts about the randomness in our lives.

In the meantime, I hope you will keep checking in.  We have really enjoyed sharing a bit of ourselves with the world.  It is our hope that we have been a blessing to you.

$450 Budget Update – 7/7

As I mentioned last month, our grocery budget has increased from $400 to $450 dollars beginning July 1.  We went over in June.  By a lot actually.  It is a bit embarrassing.

Rather than go through all the details, I will provide our spending for the last two weeks here as an overall picture.  We had $39.16 left in June when I posted last, so I will deduct everything from a $489.16 total.  Hopefully we do not go over this month.  Since the majority of our food purchases from our 4th of July camping trip will not come out of the $450 budget, that will help.

If you are new to my weekly budgeting posts, you can catch the original story here.  Since the last post, I shopped at Costco, Dollar Tree, and two local chains.  I also am taking out the last third of our Zaycon hot dog purchase from this month’s budget and sharing the monetary totals for the Costco receipt I could not find for a trip in June.

I will resume sharing our weekly menu next week.


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Total: $9.97

Costco (June):

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  • Milk (1 gal.), Hummus (???), Almond milk (1.5 gal.), Butter (4 lb.), Craisins (???), Tortilla chips (6 lb.), $39.29 after coupon
  • Total: $39.29


  • Pita crackers, Tortilla chips (3 lb.), Gluten free bread (34.6 oz.), $17.77
  • Total: $17.77

Dollar Tree:

  • Whale crackers (14 oz.), Cookies (26 oz.), Tortillas (5 lb.), $9.00
  • Total: $9.00

Local Chain #1:

  • Tomato soup (10.5 oz.), Peanut butter (28 oz.), Brownie mix (18.4 oz.), $4.26 after coupon
  • Cantaloupe (1), Apples (1.99 lb.), Pineapple (1), Tater tots (2 lb.), Milk (1 gal.), $15.79 after coupons
  • Total: $20.05

Local Chain #2:

  • Hot dog buns (12 oz.), Strawberries (2 lb.), Carrots (2 lb.), Lettuce (1), $8.06
  • Milk (1 gal.), Almond milk (0.5 gal.), Greek yogurt (10.6 oz.), Eggs (1.5 doz.), $10.22
  • Total: $18.18 after reusable bag discount

Grand Total: $113.66

We have $336.34 left for July.  With good planning and lots of attention to deals, we should be in good shape to stay within budget this month.