“I suck at menu planning”
I love love the idea of menu planning. I think it’s a genius way to make sure that you don’t over spend each month. I find that I have great intentions at the beginning of the month. I even buy the meat in bulk at Sam’s Club, I declare which nights are chicken, fish and beef nights each week, then plan unique meals around it…but then things come up. Suddenly when I was able to cook on a Tuesday night, is now take out night because Flag football practice runs so late that you can’t make a meal before the kids need to start getting ready for bed. Or I’ve joined the PTO and the meetings are in the evenings and that makes it hard to cook a meal for my family, and it turns into a fend for yourself kind of evening. So then the plan goes out the window. I fail to buy something to make the meal that day and then its boxed mac n cheese because I’ve failed once again to put something on the grocery list that needed to be on the grocery list. So usually the first week is fine, then the following weeks fall apart slowly.
I clearly need to be more organized and plan my purchases accordingly. Because the one month I was successful at meal planning we saved probably $300 on grocery that month. So being unorganized with this whole thing really doesn’t do me any favors when I actually know how much I can save. So while this is my admission to failing at it time and time again, I’m also making a goal to get this thing down and plan out my month of meals ahead of time because we are a family of over spenders and we need to reel that in a bit.
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