Let's talk about meal planning for a minute.... I know, I know.... I get it. Let me share a little secret about myself- I didn't like meal planning because I felt too restricted, like if we didn't stick to the schedule why even bother to do it?
Game changer for us-- online grocery shopping! Our local grocery store now offers a service where you order your groceries online, can load digital coupons on your card, and choose the date/time for pickup. You drive up and park in one of the special spaces and then they roll your groceries out to you. They swipe your card, load your groceries and you are out in about five minutes!
We save time, which is huge, but we also save money and stay on budget. Grocery shopping with my son can be tricky at times, so having this option is wonderful. We just tried this service and my husband is picking our groceries up on the way home tonight, so I will let you know how it goes with produce.
Saving time and money is huge-- we can redirect that hour plus spent wandering the aisles and thinking about what to make for dinner and for lunches and instead get home, and play with our son! Win, win, win.
Have you tried anything like this out where you live? How has it changed your family life?
Beth is a mom first and foremost. She is also a trained Montessori teacher who is passionate about making the lofty ideals of the Montessori philosophy more real and manageable for families.