As the parent and primary caregiver of a non-verbal autistic child, there are many hats that I wear. First and foremost, of course, I am her mom. But I am also her advocate, her voice when necessary, and her caregiver. I will wear these hats for the rest of her adult life.
And I embrace the challenges and roles that come along with it.
As her primary caregiver, it also means making the most of her SSI money each month. We are a one-income family still and even when I am able to contribute more to the household; we still need to be mindful about our monthly expenses.
Things can definitely add up quickly, so that means looking for every opportunity possible to make the most of our money.
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Luckily for us, having a membership at Sam’s Club is making a world of difference.
We try to buy things in bulk, or at least those things that our household goes through quickly. And for me, that means caregiving essentials.
Items like disposable gloves, wipes, and Depend® Fit-Flex® Underwear for overnight needs and Poise® Liners – Light Absorbency for daily needs. Though she is mostly able to use the bathroom independently, Sweet B still needs some assistance with staying dry.
As I get older and as my “mommy brain” seems to get stronger, I also need to have systems in place. And well, I think having a checklist helps when it comes to keeping shopping trips in line. To help me with this, I created two simple checklists. One for shopping and one for changing routine.
If you’d like your own copy of these checklists, scroll down to the bottom of this post to grab the download links!
I can print these off as needed or laminate one and use a dry erase marker. Since the shopping list changes from time to time, it made more sense to me to just print one. Then, I can keep that with me when I go to Sam’s Club. The new packaging makes it easy for me to find the products that I need. This new packaging also shows me just how much I can save when we shop at Sam’s Club.
Our shelves are now stacked!
To be honest with you though? Sam’s Club is really becoming our family caregiving destination. You can get personal care products, prescription refills, and free health screenings. This really gives me peace of mind, knowing that I can find everything I need. It also means less driving around for things, and being able to spend more time with the family.
Have you visited your local Sam’s Club recently? Don’t forget to take a copy of my Caregiver Shopping list with you!
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