I can sear a chicken breast and steam a fresh green vegetable plating it up in exactly 9 minutes. I asked my son-in-law to time me and he was amazed. He ate every bite and agreed that it was a good dinner.
But I can’t cook it if I don’t have it. It’s easy for me to say that a delicious easy dinner is faster than drive-through IF I have the food ready to cook.
That takes planning and it takes grocery shopping.
I have two ways of approaching this. If I’m going solo, I like to go early in the morning before anyone else gets there. I arranged my list in the order of the aisles (this is super easy to do if you don’t buy processed foods as you’re mostly shopping the perimeter of the store for meat and veg). I can get in and out with a week’s worth of groceries in less than half an hour. To me, it’s worth it just in having an empty parking lot. But the time savings is incredible. If you have young children, you may be able to go in really early while your spouse is still home to watch the kids.
The way we do it right now is to turn it into a date. We go together on Saturdays and we really enjoy this time. It’s easy to look up recipes on our phone if we see seasonal food we want to take advantage of. This way is a little more risky with respect to our budget as we’re apt to have a little too much fun. But seriously – eating and cooking together is a huge part of our lives. Turning it into a celebration has been good for our hearts and souls.
Find something that works for you and realize the pay off from getting this one done. Keep some emergency meal food on hand in your pantry in case you get delayed. It’s one thing to eat out because you planned to go somewhere nice. It’s another to just hand over your hard earned money to fast food places day after day because you don’t have a plan.
Staying within our food budget is the #1 reason our Money Game fund continues to grow. Going over was stealing from other areas as we whacked the moles in our budget. Now we find extra everywhere and we’re eating better than ever. You can make this work for you too.
Speaking of staying under … the grocery budget was under over $11 this week. I’ll take it thank you!
Today’s Deposit: $11.27
Level Completed: 173 out of 251
Amount Deposited this month: $1,592.01
Total Balance: $23,723.10
Our Money Game fund has increased 7.19% so far this month.
$593.79 is needed to reach the next level