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18 August 2007

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Sarah

Thanks for sharing this. I'm a newlywed as of this summer and I've been trying to figure out the best way to plan ahead for meals. Cooking whatever I felt like, whenever I felt like it was okay in college, but now I feel like there needs to be more structure. Great blog, by the way! I'm also really loving anything and everything you can share about homeschooling in a Catholic familiy since I hope to homeschool my own kids someday.

CJ

Okay, tell me this: did you find that it became less work as you went along? I used to inventory the fridge and plan meals on Sunday afternoons and I always haaaaated it. It felt like such a chore.

We would have less wasted food and less 4:00 panic (also less 4:00 reading of blogs as a panic-avoidance strategy) if I had a better plan.

bearing

CJ, my confession is that I've been planning like this since before I was married, although it's had to become ever more streamlined as my life has gotten more complicated. I wrote down my method for a friend and was appalled to see that it took far longer to explain the method than it takes for me to plan it. I think I spend about an hour on it each week, including touching base with my husband and deciding when to run errands or other things that need scheduling.

It's not my favorite thing to do but it's a pretty ingrained habit and is a natural part of figuring out "now what do we have going on this week?"

The one major advance I made was in printing up the grocery forms. Mark actually developed the shopping-list one; he does the shopping and wanted a checklist that was arranged in the order that items appear in the aisles.

I don't ever inventory the fridge. I just peek in to remind myself "oh yeah, I've still got that corned beef I bought on sale in March."

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