Recently we worked through organizing the kitchen (see Challenges 6 – 10) if you want to play catch-up. Today we’re going to combine the kitchen organization with our last couple of weeks of financial focus. I want to be very, very clear. I absolutely know that little tips like not buying convenience items can make someone who is facing a mountain of debt laugh hysterically. I know you cannot get water from a stone. I know this. In general, suggestions here are for those who are slowly sinking into debt through less than careful choices or are trying to get out from under student loans or have a few bad choices to undo.
I know everyone is tired of hearing brew your coffee at home instead of out and save $4 a day. I’ll try my best to refrain from those types of suggestions. Just be cognizant of these things as you make the choice to hit the drive through for a venti latte. (I’m guilty, too!)
I’ve written a series – learning to menu plan which I think I’m going to turn into an ebook, just for ease of consumption.
This week your challenge is to sit down and plan your menu. <– that is a free printable to make the process a little easier. If you need flexibility, build it into the plan. Don’t forget to account for leftovers. If you don’t like eating the same thing several days in a row, by all means, freeze everything you can and save it for a week or two down the road.
If you need ideas, there are many sample menus on this site. Just search Menu Monday to get started.
While you’re planning your menu, create your shopping list, and add any reminders to your To-Do List or App right now. (Those reminders are things like “Pull the chicken from the freezer, soak the beans.”)
It’s not too hard. This week also keep track of what you didn’t spend on eating out. Make a plan for that saved money: add it to your emergency fund, put it towards your debt, save it for a splurge you will remember, not just another drive-through-dinner.
See you next week!