Lately, I’ve been trying to be more intentional and careful about our household spending. Specifically, I’ve been trying to cut down our food budget.
I already use a meal planning system of sorts–I have a “calendar” of meals for the whole month. I use a winter menu calendar for about 6 months at a time, then I switch to the summer one. This might seem like overkill (and maybe it is!), but I have trouble making decisions on the fly, so trying to plan dinner an hour before my husband comes home from work just doesn’t work for me.
I’ve been using this system for a few years now, and I really like it. I can look at the calendar each day and see, not only what I’m making tonight, but that I’m making a pot roast three days from now and I need to put the roast in the fridge to defrost. For a very scatter-brained person like me, it’s immensely helpful!
Last month, I decided to take that meal planning to the next level and make very detailed shopping list based on the menu calendar.
I’ll be sharing more about this whole process this week. If you have any specific questions you’d like me to address, please leave them in the comments. :)
What systems and tricks do YOU use to keep organized and save money?