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Well, in reality, one net income would be $4000/month. But I figure if I can get it down to $3500 that leaves room for unexpected things as well as some steady savings.

Real food, enough sleep, and getting outside with the kids all combine to a pretty powerful boost to your health, which is a great way to boost the budget, too.

I've noticed that, just as with food, I'm somewhat in a rut with respect to this. Because I'm tired, I buy easy food, which costs a lot, which isn't healthy, which makes me tired. I'm so busy/tired that when the kids finally go to bed I stay up late to get other things done or just have "me" time, which makes me tired.

I'll try to work on this. And, you know, I had not thought about getting bloodwork or anything. But low iron and thyroid disease run in my family. So it may be time to get it checked.

I got great suggestions for some make ahead meals and am going to start there tomorrow. Then, if I'm not cooking during the week, I should have an extra hour to play with the kids.
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