Category Archives: Meal Planning

New Grocery Strategy

Another year, another analysis of a year’s worth of grocery spending! If you tuned in for the half-year report in July, I tried a new tracking method, combining a price book with listing the amounts of each item I purchased

New Grocery Strategy

Another year, another analysis of a year’s worth of grocery spending! If you tuned in for the half-year report in July, I tried a new tracking method, combining a price book with listing the amounts of each item I purchased

Grocery Revelations from 2016

I have been studying my grocery expenses for 2016 and I’ve decided on a plan of action. You may remember that in 2015, Rom took over the grocery shopping and he did better than me the previous year. But, we

Grocery Revelations from 2016

I have been studying my grocery expenses for 2016 and I’ve decided on a plan of action. You may remember that in 2015, Rom took over the grocery shopping and he did better than me the previous year. But, we

Full Year Grocery Hand-Over Results

Last January I asked my spouse, Rom, if he would take over grocery shopping for the year. He was up for the challenge. He kept the same budget we had in 2014 which was $500 a month for groceries, snacks,

Full Year Grocery Hand-Over Results

Last January I asked my spouse, Rom, if he would take over grocery shopping for the year. He was up for the challenge. He kept the same budget we had in 2014 which was $500 a month for groceries, snacks,

Veggie Ennui

I’ve been mostly vegetarian for over 3 years now, and I’ve hit a slump. I haven’t told anyone because they’ll say, “At last, you got that out of your system!” At our house we have continued weekly grocery shopping, and

Veggie Ennui

I’ve been mostly vegetarian for over 3 years now, and I’ve hit a slump. I haven’t told anyone because they’ll say, “At last, you got that out of your system!” At our house we have continued weekly grocery shopping, and

Grocery Swap Results

On January 1, I handed over grocery buying responsibilities to Rom. He is fine with cooking, and likes to grocery shop with me. But I always felt he didn’t know what food was in the house, or where things were

Grocery Swap Results

On January 1, I handed over grocery buying responsibilities to Rom. He is fine with cooking, and likes to grocery shop with me. But I always felt he didn’t know what food was in the house, or where things were

Brown Bag Lunch

Photo: mint.com Every day I pack a bag for work as if I am going away for a week! I carry a big backpack filled with everything I need to keep me going for 8 hours. And it’s a lot! Especially

Brown Bag Lunch

Photo: mint.com Every day I pack a bag for work as if I am going away for a week! I carry a big backpack filled with everything I need to keep me going for 8 hours. And it’s a lot! Especially

3 Happy Years of Meal Planning

Yup, February marked three full years of meal planning at our house! I still remember being intimidated by the process. Some of the things I was afraid of: I would schedule a meal and then “not feel like” making it

3 Happy Years of Meal Planning

Yup, February marked three full years of meal planning at our house! I still remember being intimidated by the process. Some of the things I was afraid of: I would schedule a meal and then “not feel like” making it

A Week of Eats

At our house we make a meal plan, grocery shop, and prepare and cook “most” of our own food. I thought I would show you what that looked like for a week. I’m doing it in retrospect (like Economies of

A Week of Eats

At our house we make a meal plan, grocery shop, and prepare and cook “most” of our own food. I thought I would show you what that looked like for a week. I’m doing it in retrospect (like Economies of

New Year, New Grocery Budget

The grocery budget at our house has morphed a few times in the past 2-1/2 years. First we started reducing packaged food and making more things from scratch, then we became vegetarian, and now we are avoiding most paper products

New Year, New Grocery Budget

The grocery budget at our house has morphed a few times in the past 2-1/2 years. First we started reducing packaged food and making more things from scratch, then we became vegetarian, and now we are avoiding most paper products

Lazy Vegetarian Meals for Menu Plan Burnout

I make menu plans a month at a time and I stick to them quite closely. But deviations creep in, and they are predictable! At the very end of the month, after weeks of “compliance,” I just get lazy. Usually

Lazy Vegetarian Meals for Menu Plan Burnout

I make menu plans a month at a time and I stick to them quite closely. But deviations creep in, and they are predictable! At the very end of the month, after weeks of “compliance,” I just get lazy. Usually