Inflation Contemplation {Budgeting for My Family}


From gas prices to the crazy increase in the price of chocolate milk, I have been contemplating this inflation.

Every time I leave the grocery store, I tell my husband I cannot believe the prices of the “normal” things we buy. Strawberries and spinach and turkey burgers and bacon – just to name a few items with ridiculous new price points. Every single bill of mine has gone up, from our cell phone bill to our house payment to that dreaded energy hike that they warned would be 60% more and I thought there is no way, and yet it is 60% more.

The amount of bills we have has not changed and our paychecks have not changed, so what are we going to do? Have a few side hustles? Check. Tighten our budget? Check. Eat out less? Check. Carpool? Check. What else can we do?

I know I am not the only one who is in this inflation contemplation and who is feeling all the feels about money and their budget, or the lack of both.


So where does this contemplation leave me? It leaves me wanting to do more for my family, to stretch that dollar as far as I can. It leaves me wanting to help others, if I can with what I have to help them stretch their dollars.

This inflation is real and I don’t think it is going to change anytime soon. So I will find the cheapest deal on chocolate milk for my family, shop the deals and the necessities, and, perhaps, go without some treats and splurges so we can have what we need and beat this inflation budget-busting era.

Any tips on what you and your family are doing as you navigate inflation?

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Hey local mommas! I grew up in Centerville, but I now live in Wilmington with my husband Tony. Together we have 6 kids, Joe, and his wife Allison, Austin, and his wife Hannah, Sydney and her husband Hayden, Andrew and his wife Lauren and our littles, Max and Eli. Did I mention we are a little nuts starting over with this parenting thing when we are 45+? We are officially adding new titles to our names in 2022- Tiki and Jeep (our version of Grandma and Grandpa). My husband and I are both ministers, and we get to work together in a local church. We were both married before and brought our families together in 2010. After a few years of marriage we felt God's leading for us to adopt. We added Max to our family in 2014 and Eli joined us in 2017, our quiver is officially full! Blending our family has been an adventure! Add some ex-spouses and two birth mommas and we have ourselves a crazy crew! Coffee is my love language. The beach is my happy place and I long to have my toes in the sand. I love being part of the team at Dayton Mom Collective.


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