In your home and homeschool
A few weeks ago, I was on vacation at the beach, and I typically cook while on vacation. While planning my meals, someone suggested I only buy what we need for a day or two at a time instead of doing a big shopping trip on the first day. The suggestion was made, so we would use leftovers better.
What I found was this system was not efficient for me. I had to go to the grocery store each day to buy that evening’s food. So instead of one long grocery trip, I had multiple shorter trips. The small grocery store was 15 minutes from our house, and the larger store was 30 minutes from our house. I spend a lot more time and money on gas with this daily commute.
I did use the leftovers, and on Thursday, we had a big leftover night. We still needed a few things from the store that day, too. The multiple trips also meant, I was not as efficient with my budget. I spent more money on these smaller trips than if I would have just done a big shopping trip at the beginning.
Many of you are living day-to-day on your menu planning and grocery shopping. It does not get any better for you when you start back to your school schedule. When you are really tired, it is easy to justify in your mind that it is okay to do take-out food just that once.
If I am describing you, I want you to start somewhere with your menu planning. Pick two or three days in a row and write down a menu. Make out a shopping list. Then either go shopping or schedule a pick up at the store. So many stores offer this service now, and it is a big time saver. It can also save you money, since you are not inside the store impulse shopping.
If you are doing your own shopping and not picking it up, shop the fresh produce section first, then shop the ends of the aisles. Do not go down any aisle just to go down it. Have a purpose. I am fairly single-minded when I am grocery shopping. I am mission oriented. Get the food and get out is my motto. Ask anyone who has seen me out grocery shopping.
Teach your children to cook and follow a recipe. This is a big time saver for you! It is also giving your children valuable life skills.
What holds you back from menu planning?
Today’s Zone Mission is to move the furniture in the Living Room and clean under it.
Your Home Blessing for today is to empty the trash, sweep, and mop.
My menu plan for Friday is pizza and a salad.
Have a wonderful weekend!
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