Your groceries seem pretty high. 300 every two weeks seems like a lot. I think Kitty mentioned it, but you should be able to reduce that with crock pot meals. They make a lot of food, and you might even have leftovers, which would allow you to eat less food with fewer ingredients.
When I say $300, I'm referring to food, laundry soap, toiletries, dog food, etc. Basically every thing a person gets for the house at the grocery store. We hardly ever
eat out and we have two growing boys. I didn't think that was all that bad.....
Maybe I need to do some trimming there too.....?
If you only live 3 miles from work, is there anyway someone can pick you up and/or drop you off, so you save gas, or have your wife take you and pick you up since you're so close. That would save on gas. Does she do a lot of traveling during the week with the kids?
She should cut that down if that's the case. I know gas is expensive in Cali, but with your close proximity to work, you should be able to work something out with someone. Even if it's only a couple days a week, it will save you $. Do not be ashamed and just ASK. For real..
I work 6 am-6:30 pm (most days) and I'm the only one at work that works these hours so I can't really carpool. Living as close as I do, I'd personally love to sell my car and ride my bike to work but I don't live in the best part of town and I don't want to ride my bike in the dark both ways to and from home. My wife does have to do some driving for school activities but she's been slowing down on that. I guess the more I think about it, we probably don't spend $100 every two weeks. I'm going to adjust that and see how it works out.