As I sit down to type this at 10 pm CST, I have a refrigerator and freezer full of this week’s meals. I did this today after I spent the majority of my weekend scrapbooking with an old friend. Wow did I need that! My beloved hobby of preserving my kiddos’ photos had also fallen by the wayside as I worked to be married to Steve. There was very little money spent (I needed adhesive) as it has been so long since I’ve worked on the albums that it was as though “everything old is new again!” I challenged myself to use the bulk of what I have before buying any new, fun stuff. That’s hard b/c all the fun stuff IS tempting! Another interesting thing to note is that I have very few pictures from 2010 through 2012. That bums me out b/c it is yet another reminder of all that this relationship was sucking out of me! Thankfully I still hit the major milestons in the kids’ years and caught a few “random’ events too which is all they really need. The time with girlfriends energized me to come home and prepare lots of food!I also made a quick stop to use coupons to get toothpaste and body wash for basically 50% off.
I really have to swing back to strict this month on food and I am confident that when I do that, the budget benefits. If I have food that doesn’t require much thinking during the week, I will have more money in my pocket at the end of the week! That is an awesome feeling. It reminds me that like all things, we are all better off with a little planning. Not over the top, control freak, gotta know all that is coming but instead a general roadmap.
I look forward to the day that my budget planning feels as solid as my meal planning. I’ll get there. For now I will look forward to my grilled chicken salad I have on the menu for lunch tomorrow. 🙂