This week on the podcast, I'm talking all about eating well and enjoying food. I've had some extremely lean years where my meals were made up of food from friends' gardens and the grace of God, so I completely get the need to cut grocery costs. Meal planning has been a huge part of my adult life, and while I let it go for a year or so, I'm back at it with some new revelations.
I used to try to matrix out every single meal for an entire week at a time and it was absolutely exhausting. But I now buy what I think is enough food for about three dinners at a time. Because I've stocked my freezer over time, I have plenty of food on hand to eat healthy meals if the ones I'm cooking don't produce the anticipated leftovers. Seeing this whitespace on my Google calendar (where I store repeating ideas for meals we loved) and on my little fridge weekly whiteboard (where I keep the activity calendar and the meals for the week to answer the "What's for dinner?" question before it's asked) helps me know when I can fill in with my stock foods and my leftovers, and prevents me from overbuying produce that will quickly expire.
This buying strategy has cut my grocery bill in half, and while I'm not having the restaurant style meals every single dinner like I used to, I eat really well all of the time--for which I am incredibly grateful.
Have you found a grocery planning strategy that works well for you? Let me know in the comments below, and be sure to check out Unit 8: Eating Well, Enjoying Food.
Taylor Vogel was a public school teacher, and isn't any more. She is the creator and host of the podcast, Now That I'm Not Your Teacher.