I find that my motivation with this process, even though I enjoy it, ebbs and flows. Right now, things are set on "flow". It's the beginning of the school year, we are under way with sports and activities, I'm feeling hypervigilant about good stewardship (especially with the Christmas season knocking on our door!) and I'm full of motivation and energy.
Usually, by baseball season, this is not the case. I feel run down, exhausted, and we find ourselves riding the takeout express. This year is the year not to fall into this pattern. My strategy is to start small, one week at a time. I'd love to say I have downloaded a year's worth of monthly menus and have a grocery strategy for each month, but that would be a lie because it isn't happening with all the other things I have going on. Nope, instead, I'm looking at one week at a shot. I'm taking into account our activities for the week, what's in the freezer, and making a go of it from there. I'm not worrying about planning from the sales flyer or couponing because, for me, the goal is to just avoid eating out. That's it. A simple goal and simple strategies to meet it.
As I do this, one week at a time, I'm going to attempt to share my meal plan in case anyone else is looking for some ideas for dinner. Here's what we are having for dinner options this week:
Spaghettti and meatballs
Pork and homemade baked beans
(I love leftover night. So stinking easy!)
I'm also looking for ideas for nights when we have travel sports. There really isn't much out there on the internet, so if you have ideas for something other than sandwiches and would like to share I would love to hear them!
Have a great week!