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There is only one thing I have found myself adding to it, and is something I have been resisting for a really long time ... Meal Planning! Eeeeek, I know - meal planning - it sounds so organised and grown up and well, actually, just a tad OCD, don't you think? I resisted it because, even for me, it just seemed a bit too organised, a bit too "controlled" and just a bit too scary. What if I wanted something different on Tuesday night? What if we went out? What if I couldn't be bothered cooking? What if, what if, what if. Well, I decided to say "pffft" to the "what-if's" and to my inner doubter, throw caution to the breeze and just join that big ol' pile of meal planning crazies I had so resisted to become. I did, however, start off very casually. I would messily scribble down 3 or 4 meals at the bottom of the list in an attempt to convince myself that if it was messy and scribbled and not a full 7 meals, then it wouldn't technically be meal-planning, would it? Would it?
Anyway, what I have found is, and whatever you choose to call it, it works. It really does. Once again, it saves me time and more importantly, it honestly saves me money - not only on food but on petrol because I'm not making trips to the grocery store every day. I now try and do at least 5 meals a week with one or two "?" thrown in to keep the inner-doubter happy. For the 10 minutes it takes at the end of the week to think about the next week's meals, I definitely think it's a good idea.
So, because I kept "marking up" my list every week with my very casual, very scribbled "thinking ahead" list at the bottom, I decided to create my own shopping list with a "proper" and organised (uh oh) meal-planning section at the bottom. When my Kikki-K pad runs out I will just print out a whole stack and clip them on the fridge. Easy! And because I now have a blog, I realised I can share the shopping list goodness with you. Awww, love that. If you'd like a cute little categorised list with a "thinking ahead" box at the bottom, then download as you please.
I would love to hear how the list works for you and do you meal-plan, or are you resisting the OCD'ness of it all?!