Thanks in advance.
Seiriously though, we're a 5 family as well, with 2 adults and 3 boys ages 8, 3 1/2 and 19 months, so for all purposes we mirror your family. We go through so freaking much food all the time. We average $150/week and that's a very low figure, without factoring in extras like special events, picnics, bringing snacks to school, feeding friends that come over on the weekends, etc.
We spent an average of $1300-1400/month at the health food stores. We actually spent more in food/treatments than our total income. No wonder all the credit cards are maxed out. Autism is expensive!!!! I guess the good thing is that we'll be getting money back.
Was it worth it? YES!! YES!! YES!! Peter just finished his last homeopathy treatment, and I would now consider him fully recovered from Asperger's syndrome. He is just a normal kid now (with a little bit of catching up to do behaviorally, since he spent 6 years of his life doing nothing but screaming.)
Remember also that you can only deduct the amount over 7.5% of your adjusted gross income. So for us it has never been better than what we get over the standard deductions even though we have huge medical expenses. I think, though, that's partly because we have a HSA and run the max we can through that which is pre-tax and can't be used for taxes.
edited to add...you are spending more than your family income in food and treatments? You need an accountant because I'm sure that will be an audit flag. It's also not sustainable/is a horrible decision if I understood that properly. How are you paying rent and/or mortgage?
Can any of those treatments be let go?
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I have started to buy very simple, wholesome foods. We are vegetarian so we have dried beans in our pantry for about 2/3 of our meals. Different beans made different ways. We use a lot of corn tortillas with our meals. I fry them on the griddle and they work nicely with the bean dishes. I make lentil soups and black bean soup and chili and all kinds of things. Rice is another big staple in the diet. On those nights I will stir fry some tofu with frozen veggies (bought in bulk from CostCo). We even have spaghetti with rice! It's rather good. I just use a can of spaghetti sauce poured over fried onions, peppers, and mushrooms. Then we eat it with rice instead of pasta. For schoo lunch my dd loves her tostadas and a pudding cup as a treat. For breakfast dh eats GF oatmeal, dd's drink Instant Breakfast (their choice, not mine, but I choose my battles). For snack I make some yummy GF muffins that I have on hand at all times to combat the munchies, and also dh will take a couple to work. For processed foods we buy pudding cups, Instant Breakfast, the spaghetti sauce, and a couple of stir fry sauces, and the frozen veggies in huge bags from CostCo. Pretty much everything else is cooked from scratch, and this is our main diet.
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You cured you son's autism with food? How does that work? I have a mildly autistic son as well.
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|You cured you son's autism with food? How does that work? I have a mildly autistic son as well.|
Okay..........sorry for getting so technical....but when you have a screaming child 24/7 you tend to get desperate (Peter was the extreme end of anger/rage issues). So, I have a few thousand hours of research behind me. If anyone wants any more info...I'm always glad to share.
By the way, the food issues can vary by child. Peter's blood test came back reactive to just about EVERY food on the test (200 different foods). Some kids are very sensitive to corn or soy or eggs...... However, a blood test is not always the best way to detect an intollerance to wheat and dairy. They are often negative (such was the case with Peter). There are better tests (stool celiac test, and urine peptide tests) that give more accurate results.
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"normal" diets, but I strive to get a good amount of organic/natural foods.
I spend $150 a week at the store plus $250 a month at Costco.So $850 a month.We are in north new jersey about 30 mins from NYC so I am sure that the cost of living is higher than other places.
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