Menu planning has been a real budget saver for me. You wouldn’t think it would actually save you money, but it does. For instance, you don’t come home from a long day to realize you have no idea what to make or are missing key ingredients.
The menu gives me an opportunity to make sure I don’t miss any ingredients or double buy something I already had on hand. Plus, with my handy dandy shopping list in hand, I am less likely to just throw things in the cart.
Another great way menu planning helps my budget is I am able to plan out my meals to use up all of something. Today’s hamburger buns can be tomorrow’s garlic bread- or sandwich bread- or hey, maybe I’ll have a chicken sandwiches on the menu. Did I buy sour cream for a recipe, only to end up with half the container left? Guess I’d better plan another meal involving sour cream soon!
I told you how I save sweets, but let’s be honest- freezer space can be precious, and sometimes things go missing, getting trapped at the back or bottom of the freezer until it’s freezer burnt and unrecognizable. I much prefer going ahead and using what I can before I resort to putting it in the freezer.
I’m making some final changes to our trip. We’ve chosen some activities and are looking into different pricing options to see if we want to worry about a CityPass, or if something else would be the way to go. Erin is getting me pricing for bundling everything within our travel package so I can choose the option that makes the most sense for us.
Just a few more months until we will be traveling! Let’s take a look at how the money is coming along.
2020 West Coast Trip Goal: $5000
January 13th- January 19th
Total earned this week: $117.34
Fund Total from last post: $3667.52
Current Fund Total: $3784.86
Only $1215.14 to go!
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