March 17, 2018April 3, 2018 Brooke So, you’re a working mom. And it’s tough. Really. Tough. While I was still on maternity leave, every time I thought about going back to work, I’d bawl, especially when that dreaded day continued to get closer and closer. Don’t get me wrong, I actually do love my job. I just love being a mom more.When not crying over having to return to work, I was stressing over how I’d manage to do it all: mom, work, clean, wife. So, finally I embraced the inevitable and did what I do best: plan. Our adventure with Optometry school leaves us short on cash each month. We used to get by until daycare expenses started rolling in, and now we’re left scraping by each month, trying hard not spend over what I make. Needless to say, I’m always looking for ways to cut back. You know the term “supermom”? Me too, and this is definitely not a post on how to be supermom. My house has a normal amount of dirt, but it’s clean by my standards, and my standards tend to be higher than average. This schedule isn’t perfect, but the true key is finding a routine and sticking with it. Now that I’ve been meal planning for awhile, I look back and shudder at all the money I wasted on groceries before Landon was born. We tried our hand at budgeting, and the weekly allotment for groceries was $88. Then, that seemed like so little, and I often struggled staying within the budget.Now, our budget has shrunk to accommodate baby expenses, and our new weekly allotment for groceries is $50. But, guess what? It’s possible! Hard, but feasible.