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Practical Tips for Taking Care of Elderly Parents and Grandkids Along With Creative Ways to Save Money

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Pink bathroom things for the Sandwich GenerationOK. I admit it. On its own, toilet paper probably won’t be the final solution for all the Sandwich Generation issues, trials, and woes. But it’s a great symbol of one of my favorite little tips for taking care of the elderly parents and grandkids and all the other multigenerational issues we’re busy juggling.

When my senior mom and I go shopping we could just buy one small package of toilet paper to last the week til the next time we shop. Same with hand soap, paper towels, shampoo, conditioner, (both for ourselves and the kid-friendly ones we use when the grandkids spend the night). Our fridge could be lightly loaded, and there might be a bit less waste if we did that. After all, we’re in the “retirement/downsized years.”

But then, when a senior parent or a grandchild gets sick, or another crisis erupts, what happens if we don’t make it to the grocery store on time? One definite thing I’ve learned while living in this season of life is to plan for the unplannable.

So in my house, you will find several rolls of toilet paper on a cute holder in the bathroom (another great way of saving me time and stress) along with a humoungous package of toilet paper stored in the spare room, extra rolls of paper towels under the kitchen sink and a huge package of paper towels stocked away in the garage, several bottles of dishwasher soap, laundry soap, and bleach easily accessible in the laundry “room” (closet, really). My freezer is stocked for 2-3 weeks, my fridge has plenty of food and yes, occasionally I will be gone so much some of it does have to be tossed. But with it there, I’m more likely to eat a bit healthier as well. A trade-off I consider well worth while!

When the grandkids get sick and they can’t get to the store, and I’m running back and forth to help my senior mom with therapy appointments and them with doctor appointments, what a blessing it is to just scoop up some toilet paper, or All Free and Clear Detergent to keep me going or help them if THEY’VE gotten low – withOUT having to make an extra trip to the store when I have no time to do so!

Yes, that can add a bit to the weekly budget. But there are creative AND practical ways to save money that help. My senior mom is awesome about collecting and using coupons for all her shopping which really helps her keep grocery expenses down. Me? I keep trying to make good use of coupons, and then promptly forget to take them out of my purse. But I am good about sticking with stores where my grocery budget goes further – like my personal fave, Walmart, and stocking upon good sales.  I’ve learned to really stock up if I spot an excellent clearance sale on various items like shampoo or conditioner, which really can save you quite a bit in the long run.

Of course, I’ve had to re-learn to be creative in my storage – like hiding non-perishables under beds, and routinely keeping some items both households use a lot in the trunk of my car. Then they’re ready at either house and take no space in the house. 🙂 For younger members of the Sandwich Generation, with kids still at home, this might be the norm. For those of us who are boomers and seniors, with smaller downsized households, it can definitely require us to regain a plan-ahead mind-set that many of us, starting with ME, have not had to utilize for some time. 

I know these might seem like such little tips for taking care of the elderly parents and grandkids. But for many of us dealing with the Sandwich Generation challenges, they’re also ones that are so easy to forget. Until you are in the bathroom, with no one around, and no toilet paper in sight, because your senior parents and kids or grandkids have been keeping you extra busy with multiple doctor appointments, therapy appointments, and errands! And while you are out stocking up, don’t forget to sometimes forget the practical and go for the encouraging – for yourself and your family – with something simple and fun like pink flowers for no reason – and really, that IS a great reason! 🙂

Pink things like flowers can lift the spirits of the whole Sandwich Generation family - even in the midst of grief and lossKaye

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  1. Goodmorning! Nice post!! I believe that who my posts sit next to is for a reason..sort of a fun game I play with myself. I love your blog and advice. I am your newest follower! Have a great day. Sunny109

  2. Read this: Practical Tips for Taking Care of Elderly Parents and Grandkids …: One of my simple, practical tips…

    • Ann
    • February 25, 2012

    Wonderful tips for being frugal and always stocked!! I love using coupons and shopping store brands. I need that colorful TP

    • chubskulit
    • February 25, 2012


    The Pianist in Pink, have a great weekend!

  3. Happy Pink Saturday Sweetie…
    Oh I love, love this share. So creative you are at writing. It just makes my heart “happy” and makes me smile so much. I love it.

    Love the printed toilet paper. How pretty that is. I am always afraid of dyes so I usually on buy plain white. (Remember when Northern had all those colors that you could buy? Ithought they were so beautiful.)

    I too love Wal-Mart. You are my kind of gal. That is my favorite place to go, and I check the end caps for wonderful clearance items all the time. So much fun isn’t it?

    Thanks for sharing dear one. I so enjoyed my visit today. You are a doll dear friend. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

    • February 25, 2012

    Your PINK is very pretty!
    thanks for sharing…and HAppy PINk SatURday!

    ciao bella.
    Creative Carmelina

  4. Hi Sherry, You’re such a sweetie with your encouraging comments. I’m with you. I only buy white toilet paper, too, coz of allergy issues. But that cute flamingo paper did give me a smile and I’m glad it gave one to you as well. 🙂 Definitely fun for Pink Saturday. And you would have been quite proud of my granddaughter and me today. We were out shopping at Walmart and definitely hit those clearance shelves 🙂 Have a blessed week! 🙂

  5. Thanks Carmelina 😉 🙂 🙂

  6. It was fun TP to look at, wasn’t it Ann. Not sure how practical for allergy issues. As Sherry said, I still remember the pretty colors and designs we used to be able to buy but nowadays I play it safe with white as well. But online – it does make fun eye candy 🙂

  7. Thanks Chubskulit, you too 🙂

    • Diane
    • February 28, 2012

    Great ideas for anyone! Happy Pink Saturday! ~Diane (I am #21)

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