Why Meal Planning Is The Best Budgeting Tool

Why Meal Planning Is The Best Budgeting Tool

I started hearing about the concept of Meal Planning a few years ago. Back then however it  came  from my extremely fit and active friends. Today Meal Planning at least in my circle has been coming more and more from my mommy friends. You see as I have discovered Meal Planning is not only a key to weight loss and/or a balance lifestyle; but it is also a key tool for efficiency and household money management.

If there is one luxury that I was always willing to spend money on it was food. Austin and I before Morgan loved to eat well – very well! We dined at the finest restaurants in Los Angeles and on our travels. And we made sure that we used the best ingredients when we cooked at home. When Morgan arrived we didn’t skimp on the ingredients in fact they became almost exclusively organic and natural. However we did cut back drastically on going out. You would think that would have meant that we were saving more. In fact the opposite happened. Because I was cooking more we were spending more. Our monthly grocery bill was soon becoming outrageous.

After a few months in denial, thinking it was just the increase in prices. I slowly started to realize that my additional spending was attributed to not having a plan! This is when Meal Planning entered the picture. Once I started Meal Planning I was able to drastically reduce my weekly grocery bill from roughly $160-$170 per week for a family of three to $100-110 a week. Today I am going to review with you 9 of the best Meal Planning tricks that I have learned along the way that has saved me on average $240 a month or $2880 a year!!!

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The Blogger Recognition Award

The Blogger Recognition AwardI was so honored and humbled when I checked my comments this morning. I have been nominated for a Blogger Recognition Award from a fellow mommy blogger! Thank you so much Taylor from Simple Living Nursing Mama for nominating me! She has an awesome blog that I have been glued to all day! Taylor is a wife, mother, nurse and new blogger! Her Simple Living and Motherhood post is one of my favorites, because it ends in the most poignant way – Choose Joy! It just instantly made me happy and overcome with emotion, because us busy mom’s sometimes forget how to just be happy and slow down.

What is the Blogger Recognition Award?

It is an award that is given to bloggers by fellow bloggers that appreciate all the hard work and effort that you put into your blog! We all know how hard it is, and it is a good way that we can support each other. It is also a great way of networking by finding new blogs and also finding new readers for your blog!

The Rules

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Give a brief story of how you started your blog.
  3. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  4. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  5. Comment on each blog and let them know that you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

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5 Must Have Products That Make Pregnancy More Comfortable

5 Must Have Products That Make Pregnancy More Comfortable.

As I’m now well into my third trimester I have noticed that I am becoming more and more uncomfortable. Sitting, standing, driving and sleeping all have their downsides. I don’t remember being this uncomfortable when I was pregnant with Morgan, but maybe that’s part of the whole after birth amnesia that people tell you about. Not remembering how much it hurts etc! Although I can assure you I still remember ever second of labor and birth and for some crazy reason I decided to do it all over again. Is it too late to turn back?

If Parker arrives early just like Morgan did then I only have three weeks to go! If he decides to cook until he’s full term I have 6 more weeks of discomfort. I don’t know which option I’m hoping for more, longer pregnancy or shorter discomfort?

I knew that in order to make these last few weeks the best that they can be that I would need to turn to my trusted friend Amazon for some ideas. Needless to say I went a little order happy but the items I found have really made a huge difference! I’m hoping that if you are pregnant (any trimester) that these products will work as well for you as they have been for me. Here they are:

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The Administrative Side Of Giving Birth. Are You Prepared? [Template]

The Administrative Side of Giving Birth

For today’s post I am resurrecting a past one that I written regarding the Administrative Side of Giving Birth. We have so many decisions to make right after giving birth, and so many people to contact regarding maternity leave. The last thing you want to do is stress about that fact that you can’t find your leave of absence coordinators number or your bosses number for that matter.

I am currently about to embark on this journey once again as Parker’s due date is now only 7 weeks away. I was actually very thankful that I wrote all of this down since my mommy brain couldn’t remember everything I put together last time around. Hope you find it as useful as I do!

Hospital Bag – Check.

Camera Bag – Check.

Car Seat – Check.

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