I'm imagining I see a lot of hands.
Do you know how much time you're wasting by not knowing?
And I don't mean time that could be spent driving from point A to point B, or running an errand for someone else in the family.
I mean time that could be spent on YOU!
Here's the secret - planning out your meals takes all of 15 minutes, and saves you at least 2 hours a week. 2 hours you could use for something for you.
And you family never needs to know.
|It's not pretty, but it works!|
- once a week sit down with 3 blank pieces of paper. Small is fine - like 1/4 of a regular sheet. I use scrap paper.
- on small paper #1, write down vertically the following - beef, chicken, fish, veggie, fish, veggie, clean out fridge. If those 7 headings don't work for you - pick some that do.
- browse your fridge/cabinets and see what food you have on hand.
- using your mind, your recipe book, articles you've clipped, family favorites, whatever - fill in the blanks for each heading with a meal idea. Include side dishes.
- make sure you work off what food you have already.
- anything you need to buy, jot down on small paper #2. This is your shopping list. Or, if you have a computer generated/smart phone type of list, use that.
- on small sheet #3, list the days of the week.
- fill in menu ideas for each day. Consult your family calendar to make sure you work around sports practices, etc.
- recycle small sheet #1. Post small sheet #3 inside on of your kitchen cabinet doors.
- voila - you now know what you are having for dinner each day for a week. Advantages? one trip to the store, you can thaw out anything needed ahead of time, no impulse buys at the store since you are working off a list, no time spent deciding what to have.
But if you need a nudge - have you heard about the 6 O'Clock Scramble? It's a menu planning service that makes sure all your meals are healthy, balanced and great tasting. Less then $7.00 a month - and started by a stay at home mom! Click here to find out more about it.
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Now go use some of that newly found free time on yourself!