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Put Less Money Where Your Mouth Is

5 Nov

I accidentally learned how to save money!

I got tired of the daily back and forth: “What do you want for supper?” “I don’t know, what do you want for supper?” “I asked you first.” “No, you decide.” It’s enough for someone to google “price of divorce.” Maybe not quite that bad, but I’m sure you understand how annoying it can be. Then once it is established that no one cares what we will be having for supper, we end up reaching for something simple like spaghetti. Or pizza. Or hamburgers. You get the idea. Then we whine about eating the same thing over and over again. Then the cycle starts over again the next day.

I decided that if we wanted to end the daily last-minute cooking, that I should start planning our suppers all week. I sat down with my husband and discussed meals for week one. We went grocery shopping and came home with an $80 grocery bill! I was so excited that I nearly peed on myself. The next week we did the same, only I began to notice that my menu lacked variety. I felt inspired to choose a few menu items that I had never cooked before (thanks, pinterest!). Week two, $60 grocery bill! Not only did I nearly soil my undergarments, I also learned to cook a few new things. The next week, we did the same thing again. Found a few more new recipes.  Mother fucking $52 grocery bill. Whaaaaat? I didn’t expect to save money going into this. I didn’t even expect to learn to cook new things. It just happened that way. When I planned out the menu, I made a grocery list at the same time. When we went shopping, I would buy something because we needed it for the week, not just because we ran out of the item.

Pinterest has made me all crafty and shit.

I even made a meal planning box complete with sewn on coupon holder.

I know that this sounds like a “cheeseball mom” type thing to do, but it really didn’t even start that way. This can work for everyone. People who live alone, people with roommates, ANYONE! It’s a great way to save money. It’s also a great way to add new recipes to your personal menu. It’s also caused me to use my slow cooker more. You can make some kick-ass soups in the slow cooker! Our next shopping trip is tomorrow, which begins our next week of planned meals. Do any of you plan your meals? What are some of your favorite recipes?

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