Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Day 11: Meal Planning...I'm Lovin' It

On this, Day 11 of our family's Grocery Free Challenge, we had dinner at McDonald's as a treat for Jackson.

Normally, I wouldn't get too worked up about a fast food meal. But this morning when I woke up, I was excited to know that I wouldn't have to cook tonight after a busy day at the office.

Before this challenge, there were plenty of nights when I wouldn't cook. But we rarely planned for those occasions.

I start most days with the best of intentions to cook up something fabulous for the family to eat. Quite often, by 5 o'clock, I'm too tired and frazzled to figure out what to throw in the pan. For me, it's not the cooking that's the big chore. It's figuring out what to cook.

So, when I'm tired and fried, I default to takeout. I can't tell you how often I've made a last minute decision about eating out or grabbing takeout. That's a surefire way to waste money.

The Grocery Free Challenge is forcing us to plan our meals ahead of time. So, I've known since Saturday that we were eating out tonight. That knowledge was quite freeing today. I left the house for work confident that the kitchen would stay clean all night and knowing that there was no cooking or cleanup in my or my husband's immediate future.

Yep, tonight my toddler wasn't the only one who had a "Happy Meal."


  1. Yes, it is nice to know that cooking and clean-up won't be an issue. Like you, I actually had been looking forward to our McDonald's outing for days! And by building it into the meal plan, you don't feel like you are wasting money by grabbing take-out at the last minute.