Thanks all for the fabulous replies!! I definately feel further inspired to cut costs. We just started going to Sams club, no costco or close BJs here...We had all 4 kids so I never made it to the freezer/ meat section because the kids were all getting hungry and crabby, but I will definately check it out next time we go (hopefully without children!). Oh, I did stop buying the individual bagged chips, so after we finish off what we already had, I will try and bag up from the big bags. Re-usable drink containers isn't cost effective for us either because they just end up lost or missing parts and are so expensive to keep replacing, maybe someday!!!
To all who had suggestions to change our eating habits, I am going to try and include the occasional vegeterian meal, but I don't feel that there is much I can do to change our diets. SB works very very well for dh (didn't work for me a lick when I tried
), well enough that I wouldn't ask him to change his eating style unless we were desperate. And as for sending PBJ with any of my kids for lunch, I generally am afraid to do so because I have on occasion messed up and sent the wrong kid with the wrong lunch. Its one thing to have the kids end up with something they don't like, having my son accidentally get PBJ is another story entirely. So, bottom line, I don't trust myself...or anyone else, to make sure that a mix-up doesn't happen....its easier just to not do it at all. I will look thru the lunch links you all helped out with and see if there is anything inspiring in there.