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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Why Didn't I Think of This Sooner?

This year is the year of the finances. Our budget is up to date and although I realise that somehow I will have to pull a rabbit out of the hat in order to make ends meet, I feel we've got to start somewhere, so I started again to plan our meals and make use of my Cheap Eats cookbook.

I printed out my plan for the week and slapped it on the fridge with the intention of using it as a reminder to stick to my plan and not revert to takeaways in moments of laziness.

Chalkboard menu
This action has benefited me in a way that I had not expected. Not only was my grocery shop this week a measly $93.87*, but it has silenced my seven-year-old son.

Anyone who knows him knows that he likes structure. He wants to know, at the beginning of the week, what our plans are for the week. He's a rule-follower and he likes an orderly personal space. I never realised that this aspect of his nature means that my neglecting to inform him of my plan for dinner wouldn't sit well with him, hence the questioning at meal preparation time.

So after I displayed this week's menu and he came up to me with the inevitable question, "What's for dinner mum?" I just pointed to the fridge. He was absolutely delighted to find that he could see for himself what was for dinner for the entire week. I also included, on my menu plan, the pages in the cookbook where the recipes for each night could be found.

Last night after dinner, I noticed that my cookbook had been turned to the page of our next meal's recipe. It seems my little helper elf is helping me prepare for the next night's cooking. Now if only some elves could come and cook the meal for me, I'd be even happier!

This little discovery of mine begs the question though, "Why didn't I think of this sooner?!" Do you prepare a weekly meal plan and if so, do you display it where everyone can see?

*I had done a bigger shop last time, I only bought a few staples and what I needed for my meal plan and I had $40 on my rewards card that I had redeemed with points.
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