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Updates on our homeschooling family with ten children, a handful of chickens, a couple horses, three bunnies, and six cats. Visit our website at PeacefulHome.net


Grocery Spending

Food Only

Oct 2010 - $231.39

Nov 2010 - $998.22

Dec 2010 - $340.29

Jan 2011 - $855.15

Feb 2011 - $203.17

Mar 2011 - $916.52

Monthly Average $590.79

Weekly Average $137.85
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

WFMW - Snacking with the Stumpfs

I’ve been asked a couple times recently about how we handle “snack time” in our home. That usually makes me giggle because of the visual it brings to mind: 8 hungry children vs. a box of Teddy Grahams. Not pretty.

The reality is that we don’t do snacks when we’re at home. I usually don’t buy crackers, fruit snacks, or granola bars. It would be crazy expensive.

If we have some muffins left over from breakfast, or sandwiches or fruit left over from lunch I just leave them out on the counter. They’re usually gone before the next meal.

When I’m preparing dinner I set out a bowl of carrots and celery. That keeps hungry children chewing instead of asking “What’s for Dinner?” for the 8 billionth time.

I don’t refer to any of this as “snacks.” As a result, my children never ask me for a snack. Well, there is that one exception: Whenever Jamers and family visits, they bring some munchies along. My children love it and ask, “May I please have an individually wrapped snack?”


  1. If they just weren't so cute when they ask for their "individually wrapped snack", I would stop bringing them. But I can't! Sooo cute! :)

  2. You have raised polite kids! Love that request for the "individually wrapped snacks." It sounds like your food strategy has worked great :)