Monday, October 01, 2012
A New Plan
Last week I announced my "mom's on a (new,self-imposed) deadline so we have to streamline her household workload as much as possible" plan. The kids smirked at each other and took bets on how long said plan would last.
Oh, it's gonna last people.
So, here's my plan that 1) cuts down on my kitchen commitments and 2) saves us money. My husband likes the "saves us money" part. I like the "cut down on my work" part. That is what you call a win-win.
Monday is heretofore to be recognized as "Soup Night." I will make a different soup every Monday night and serve it with some sort of bread. I will make a lot of soup. (This will come into play later, as you will see.)
Tuesday I will make what my kids call a "Real Meal." The basic meat, starch, veggie combo.
Wednesday will be "leftover night." There will be a choice of either leftover soup or leftover dinner. Every man for himself. This is my effort to both be a good steward and simultaneously clean out the fridge. We've had too many leftovers go bad lately.
Thursday is now "GYO night." (For those of you who are new here, GYO stands for "Get Your Own.") This might mean the kids make burritos with cheese and taco sauce or a bowl of cereal or an omelet. Or they can eat leftovers if there are any still left. Whatever they can find. The point is, limited-to-no involvement for me.
Friday night is grill night. Because we live in the south we should have mild enough temps to stick with the grilling out plan into November. Grill night means Curt mans (literally) the grill and I throw together a salad or veggie of some sort and a starchy side. Again with the limited involvement for me.
I haven't covered Saturday or Sunday but methinks there will be a pizza delivery night slated very soon. And in the past Sunday nights in the fall have been breakfast for dinner, courtesy of dad.
The point is, we are still eating well, but with the leftover and GYO nights included, I'm saving at least $40 a week. Times that by 4 and that's a nice savings. Plus I'm not preparing five meals a week, which allows me more time to work on writing. I'm happy with this new plan. And I will stick with it. My kids will be so surprised.