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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

my new year's resolution

Well, we've officially made through three weeks of 2013.

And though the giant celebration in Times Square and our victory dance over the Mayan calendar is just a memory, I'm proud to say that I haven't forgotten my resolution!

And its time to fess up. Maybe you can give me some tips. Maybe you can just help hold me accountable. 


In 2013, I have resolved to have a more
 organized kitchen.

Running to the grocery store almost every day is exhausting.  And dumb. As is spending a ridculous amount of money on groceries and eating out. So begins my two step road to recovery...

Step one:
I bought this nifty little planner at Target And with an inappropriate amount of pomp and circumstance I crowned it as my meal organizer.

On the front flap, I've kept a loose idea of what I'd like to serve for dinner each night.  I use this as a general outline for my grocery list. So while this is what I plan for based on our schedule, it's not necessarily what we have to eat each night. {<--- a="" all="" away="" doesn="" from="" i="" last="" like="" line="" my="" myself="" nbsp="" personality="" plan.="" repeat="" stray="" t="" the="" this="" time.="" to="" type="">"NO! The list says grilled chicken! We must eat grilled chicken or we shall surely die!

Then on the listed days, I keep track of what we actually do eat each night after all is said and done. Did we stick to the meals listed? Notes on the new recipes I try go here too. It's great to have a place to keep tips for future adjustments, portions, flavors, etc. 

I also list when we eat out - something we're guilty of far too often. Keeping specific tabs on the eating out has really helped us cut back in the area. And now that meals are planned ahead and groceries are already purchased, we have a much better excuse to eat at home.

This is step one... Want to know what step two is?

You might have guessed it by now....

Step two:
As of 2013, I officially entered the couponing world!

Though I have to confess, I doubt I'll ever be very good at it.

I coupon for what I want and will use, not to stockpile a massive amount of food or purchase $400 of groceries for ten cents. Since I don't plan on making any major modifications to our family diet and meals based on sale prices, I'd definitely consider myself an eternal amateur.  Still, its nice to know that I can spend 15 minutes printing out coupons or cutting a few from our Sunday paper and save $20-$30 at the store. 
That can add up to over $100/month.
 {Hello news shoes!... Okay, okay, I kid... A little.}

So here's to saving more and spending less. 
Here's to new recipes and maybe even adding some culinary skills to my very bleak cooking arsenal.

And here's hoping that you guys will help me out as I try to navigate amongst the extreme couponers and Rachel Rays of the world!

1 comment:

  1. I did this! I meal planned for 2 weeks and made some freezer meals as well. I find we are far more likely to eat leftovers a couple of weeks from now vs this week so I don't have as much food spoiling. We have significantly cut down on our eating out which has been great for our bank account!