Being the frugal nerd of the family, I’ve wanted to try meat free Monday in our home for years. Don’t get me wrong. I have no interest in going vegetarian, or even having most of our meals without meat. I simply wanted to find more wiggle room in our grocery budget.
Going meatless just one night per week helps the budget. But convincing the Hubby wasn’t easy. To him, supper is a chunk of meat with some sides dishes.
But I knew I could convince him. And after years of compromises, we’ve found some meatless meals that save money without compromising on taste.
Let’s talk about some ways to convince your family to try meat free Monday so you can save on your grocery budget.
I catch a glimpse of the time as I swat at the obnoxious noise coming from my alarm clock. That can’t be right…I overslept again?
Quickly I rush around to wake up kids and make sure they have everything they need. Backpacks. A packed lunch. Clothes for gym class. Oh, and breakfast.
When writing up a meal plan on Halloween, it’s important to resist the urge to write “candy” in every spot. Tempting as that is, you’re probably better off taking a piece here and there and eating it in the closet like a normal Mom. It’s called portion control.
I don’t want to start a political battle here (especially because I’d rather watch Yo Gabba Gabba than see one more election ad), but I think that it’s important to teach your kids about taxes using their trick or treat candy.
There, I said it.
With so many delicious Thanksgiving pie recipes, how to choose? All of these will be hits!
I didn’t realize that I had 36 million friends, but anyone who claims apple pie as their favorite can’t be bad! Pie is the classic dessert that must end our Thanksgiving meal. No matter how you protest to Grandma that you couldn’t possibly eat another bite, you know she’s going to cut you two big slices.
Now, you could stop at the store and get one of those boxed pies. But I have a feeling that the pies I’m about to show you will change your mind.
My kids do this thing where they wait until I’m distracted. Then they put a package in my hand, knowing I’ll unwrap it and hand it back to them. Basically giving them permission to snack at will.
But I’m not one of those moms that lets her kids snack at will. Hence the need for deception.
I give them an A for effort and creative use of their resources. But most of the time I snap out of it and withdraw my passive permission before they’ve scarfed down their candy (or whatever they’re after).
I try to keep snacking down to a minimum. It’s too expensive to feed this crew whenever they’re “hungry”. But more importantly, I want them to recognize the difference between real hunger and boredom (or whatever emotion they’re trying to eat).
Is the weather beginning to cool in your area? Fall is a great time for pumpkin and apple flavored everything into your meal plan. So you can bet I’ve added it to mine!
Meal planning always saves me both time and money. I enjoy meal planning for 2 weeks at a time, because that means I don’t have to sit down and make my plan every single week.