SELF CARE FOR PARENTS
Time Saving by Planning Meals Ahead
Making Family Life Easy 3
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I wonder if you've ever thought about how much time you really spend grocery shopping.
I know when I worked it out I was really surprised at how much time I had previously been taking. And because it was in dribs and drabs it was less obvious. But if I'd used the time instead for something worthwhile, my child may have been a better reader, or we may have had a tidier house, or we may have eaten better quality meals, or I may have been fitter.
Online shopping can be a great advantage if you're organized.
You may really benefit from using my menu planning system to outsource your biggest monthly shop.
I realized if I used the almost three months I saved by not dropping in to the shops and used the saved time for something for myself e.g. exercising or reading, my quality of life was better.
Also if it cost me only $5 in fuel to get there that can be an additional cost of $10400 over my working life. And that's a really good holiday.
Now I know all of this may sound really pedantic but I've used simple data to illustrate that it's the cumulative effects of what I did, on a regular basis, that made a huge difference to our health, finances and quality of life.
I can't tell you how many friends and family I've shared my organizational strategies with over the years because they saw how well they worked and asked me for them.
And you may be able to congratulate yourself because you know that you don’t waste food; however you may have to drop into the supermarket more often because you run out of something. This usually means a detour of around twenty minutes (at least) by the time you park the car, walk in, locate the items, get through the checkout walk back out, drive home, unpack the car and then unpack the items. And realistically it's likely to take you much longer than that.
Just for interest sake (one day when I was feeling a little bit too pedantic) I worked out if I didn't stop off at the supermarket, (just once a week,) over my working life, I would spend a minimum of 84 working days less grocery shopping (based on just a 20 minute diversion on the way home.)
That's nearly three months of my life.
But how often can shopping take much longer? I know this 3 month estimate is really conservative
And this 84 days is in excess of the times that I already did the grocery shopping.
Now you might be feeling that you don't have the energy to put this meal organization in place to eat healthy and I get it. I felt exactly the same way. But for me the long term benefits far outweighed any short-term inconvenience.
I also found on days when I was working late, and needing dinner prepared 'super fast,' it posed yet another huge set of challenges for me.
If that's how it is for you, I'd suggest looking at 'Healthy Meals on the Table in Minutes.' You may find ideas there before continuing with planning your menu.
They address organizational aspects specific to overcoming planning healthy meals when you're arriving home late.
And I encourage you to consider the Real Cost of Takeaways.
Some of the other links below give insight into what worked well for me. You can use them as is, or as a springboard for your own ideas.
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