Not anyone's favorite thing to do out of necessity, right? Most of us don't like needing to sacrifice. Even when we are willing or happy to do it for other reasons.
Around here we tend to go in spurts. Unfortunately frugality usually comes from a financial crisis. We are again in financial trouble. Part of it is out of our control, unexpected circumstances and all that. But some of it is due to our relaxing our spending controls.
Looking over our credit card bill, we found that we really don't have anything huge to point to. It is just a bunch of little things that, what do you know, do add up. For us, a lot of it comes from eating out. Very often I don't feel like making dinner. Maybe I've had a busy day and get tired, perhaps we are our of the house during dinner time. While Jake is the one to suggest it, I always go along. After all, it is much easier.
This is my fault. It is almost entirely due to my lack of planning and laziness. I hate to admit it, but there it is. I do not have a job outside the home. Therefore it falls to me to do what I can to improve our financial situation by saving money. And I am failing.
So here's my new plan. I will meal plan. I will order my Bountiful Basket on Monday. After I pick it up on Saturday I will write up a meal plan. Then I will do my shopping. Here is the most important part: I will stick to it. If there is prep that is needed I will do that on the weekend when Daddy can play with Squiggle. If I can hold to it I will eliminate both of my reasons to take the easy road of take-out. The plan will let me know what I am doing each day that week and pre-prepping will mean that I won't be facing a time crunch on any given day. While I may stumble I will not fall. We just can't afford my weakness in this area any longer.
This blog will hold me accountable. I detest failure. Especially when it is public.
This week I will work with what I have. Starting tonight. No procrastinating. When my darling husband offers to pick something up, I will decline. All my baggage of the day will be set aside, I will get off my lazy butt and I will cook. It may not be fancy, but it will be. My family deserves it.