If there's one thing I definitely have no self-discipline in, it's meal planning. I have looked upon you oh so "Bri Van De Kamp-ish, I plan my meals a month ahead" mommies with envy for the simple fact that I am awful with meal planning! AWFUL! Don't get me wrong, I love to cook, but find that I'm constantly cooking on a whim. I need some help in this area which is the purpose of this post and I'm sure there’s millions of other women out there who do to... I tell myself this to make myself feel better...:)
Let me just dig a little deeper here and expose one of the main issues that relates to this dilemma. I go grocery shopping with a planned budget and a list. Then I come out with an extra twenty five random things I didn't plan to buy and I choke back tears as I look at my receipt realizing I've once again spent way more than I wanted too. I feel the need to bring that into light since It's my understanding that sticking to the grocery list, budgeting and meal planning all go hand in hand.
I realize that if I plan my meals, I would be forced to stick with the list thus saving money. Simple right? Apparently not for me! I think part of the problem is a lack of resources and the fact that I actually find the act or grocery shopping therapeutic. Well, I find any kind of shopping therapeutic but that's a different post for a different day hehe!
Anyway, to all you mama's who have it together out there, what are your recommendations? Do you have favorite sites that have helped you and what about some favorite coupon sites? Which of you out there actually uses a computer program to organize your meals? I'm on a quest to becoming a more efficient and organized person/wife/mother. I think jumping on the meal planning bandwagon will help me get one step closer to reaching that goal. Any and all advice that could help make me a meal planning mama would be helpful for me and my wallet!