food shop from home?

food shop from home… no, i don’t mean hopping on your laptop and going to your local grocery store’s website (although, i do wish our town had that nice little perk… i loath food shopping. maybe it’s the thinking involved. or maybe the rushing-to-get-home. or maybe i just don’t like it. yeah, that’s it.).

i have been thinking a lot about being more frugal with spending. this isn’t necessarily something new, but it comes in waves usually. anyone else? sometimes i just don’t feel like i have the energy or mindset to put into it. but that’s just a result of being selfish (in my case anyway).

you see, i tend to justify buying out of convenience. i tell myself a myriad of half-truths in order to do it.

“i had a hard week”

“i didn’t sleep well last night”

“i homeschool”

…and so it goes.

But, then, i was reminded of what my priorities should be. for me, up there pretty high on that list is feeding my family. i take it seriously. we rarely eat “junk” for dinner (hear me when i say, sometimes “junk” is in order… i am not opposed.. ha), and i typically try to have good meals every day.

that being said…. it can be pricey! can i get an amen?!

so, on my quest to be more frugal, i remembered something i used to do more often than i do these days… shop and meal plan from the pantry! it’s really a genius idea (kudos to whatever book i may have been reading at the time of inspiration).

Want to know how i do it?

i meal plan every weekend. i tried going to the store less often, but we use so many fresh items, that it makes sense for me to go weekly. by the time a month has gone by, i am usually able to “skip” a week by just using what we already have. it’s a great time to clean out the pantry and fridge (what’s in there, anyway?!). I empty it all out, clean/wipe down, and take inventory (write it all down)…. then i toss anything expired. i return everything back to its place (neatly and (hopefully) organized), and sit down with my list. i basically grocery shop in my kitchen… with a glass of wine and soft jazz music (which, by the way, i think if our food stores had these amenities, most of us food-shopping-loathing people would enjoy it more. just sayin… ).

you will be surprised at how much you have…and how much you save. i am tired of throwing away things or having the mentality that we have “nothing to eat” just because there’s an empty shelf in the fridge.

my next tip is to be creative. if you have a few simple key ingredients, you can make your own snacks or bake your own desserts (or bread!). it’s yummy and your family will think they hit the jackpot (hello June Cleaver!).

God wants us to be good stewards… of our time, money and resources. this is just one small way to begin (or continue).

i’d love to hear from you! do you do this? do you have anything to add? any suggestions?

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(somewhat) early morning ramblings

**Disclaimer** the original purpose of this post was completely different than what it ended up being… and, therefore, further proves what is written in the following. enjoy. ha

I used to be a morning person. no, really, I was. I am not sure how that is even possible. this all changed exactly 4 years ago with the birth of my third daughter. I guess I got tired. and old. I wasn’t old until then.

**just for the record, I am writing in the morning, so already I am rambling… so, you see what I mean? mornings are evil. well, coffee sort of combats the evilness. sort of.

all that being said, I also used to be organized. before you jump to the (horrid) conclusions that I no longer am, rest assured, I am, indeed, organized. I just used to be over-the-top really, annoyingly organized. you know, the kind of person that wants to organize other people’s home… just for the fun of it.

I have a confession.

I don’t want to organize your home. not anymore. i don’t even want to organize my own home (gasp!). it really is appalling to admit. and somewhat humbling. so here’s my backstory: I’m a 38 year old homeschooling mom of 3. but don’t let that fool you. that isn’t the reason for my current change of status. i will tell you the reason. it’s really quite simple. I’m getting older. Ta-da! yes, i am

… and that’s okay with me

i may not be super organized anymore (or have the time and energy to try), and I may not be a morning person as of late (or afternoon person… or evening person… or night person… wait, what am i?! is there a name for this condition?), BUT i am happy. happier in my skin, happier with being who God created me to be. happy to be real. happy with my choices (umm… usually). happy that i can just do life with my people here in these four walls.

there have been many lessons learned along the way… that has brought me here (and brought me to this cup of coffee i have sitting next to my laptop), but i have to admit, i am thankful for each tough lesson because it has formed me into who i am. oh, i am sure there are far many more lessons coming (deep breath), but i say…bring it!

Give me Jesus and give me coffee… and i’m ready to roll.