I’m conducting an experiment.
In general, Josiah and I handle money well. We don’t leave beyond our means. We have no debt (which is pretty impressive considering we have three degrees combined and Josiah’s almost done with his Master’s).
However, we’d like to buy a house and car in the future, so it’s time to start paying more attention to our spending habits. I’m starting with food.
I have no idea how much money I spend on food—whether cooking, eating out, daily indulgences, etc. I am a daily grocery shopper to a fault, and I know it leads me to make purchases that are unnecessary and wasteful.
My BFF Sara inspired me to make a meal plan. She plans out dinners for two weeks and accounts for leftovers and eating out. She does a massive shopping trip every two weeks. Every day, she (or her hub) picks out dinner for the night, then crosses it off the list. It’s structured, but still offers flexibility.
So I copied her. Here’s my plan for the next two weeks. My shopping is done. Receipts tracked. Ingredients catalogued. I’m excited to discover our spending (and eating) habits in these next two weeks. Wish me luck!