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Well, hello November! I’m so glad you’re here. This post is being brought to you by good ideas, like having your children manage your cash budget for eating out, quotes by readers, and freezer cooking.
Let’s begin with my children managing our eating out budget. Several months ago, in an effort to get our children to understand a few things about a cash budget, we decided to turn over the cash for eating out. It has gone great! In fact, I’d say the amount of times my children ask to go to Sonic has gone from once a day to once a week. I call that progress, people! I even overheard one boy say, “There’s no need to eat at that ballgame. We will have plenty of time to eat at home before we go.” Bring out the smelling salts. I just about fell out over that one! Join us on this little experiment. It’s loads of fun. Just as our boys. Ha!
Each month I publish a menu plan along with a printable calendar for you, my faithful friend. Why do I do this? It works! My menus are planned by the month. We save money. There is always a plan. I don’t waste time running back and forth to the store. And you guys are catching on. I got this from a reader:
For years, I’ve done a weekly meal plan, but recently I took Jennifer’s advice and tried a monthly menu plan. I’m two months in and loving it. I’m saving time and money, and I love only having to sit down once a month to meal plan. It’s been a game changer. -E, mother of three girls under the age of 7
See?!? It really does work. Grab your menu plan and get to planning! Let’s save time, money, and our sanity together!
Click calendar above or here to print.
Toast and Eggs
Spinach Ravioli (from Costco)
Turkey and Dressing (duh.)
Meals from Freezer Cooking Club (see below)
Last month, I started a freezer cooking club. This was not my idea, but it came from the girls at Thriving Home Blog. We had a blast! In about 90 minutes, we cooked 6 meals for each person in attendance. We laughed. We talked. We cooked. And then we all left with 6 meals. Does it get much better? Don’t just take my word for it. Here’s what some of the “club” had to say:
It was a lot of fun to cook and hang out with friends at the same time! My family has enjoyed trying out new meals and they are all great!
Freezer cooking is stress taken off my daily life. Already prepared, stick in the crock pot in the morning, or oven when you get home and dinner is served. I am getting together a 2nd group of ladies so that I can have my freezer FULL. They are all very excited!
Freezer Cooking Party is the perfect way to ease the stress coming up with meals during the holiday season! I mostly enjoyed time with my gal pals. We laughed and bonded, all while preparing delicious meals. Can’t get much better than that!
For our freezer cooking party this month, we will be making:
(Please note…most of these meals will feed us for two meals. If you have never heard of freezer cooking or freezer cooking parties, I’d encourage you to visit Thriving Home Blog and specifically this and this article.)
What are you waiting for?!? The holidays are around the corner. Wouldn’t it be nice to start two steps ahead, rather than two steps behind?? Grab some girlfriends and plan your freezer club party! You won’t regret it!
Welcome November. If you could stay a while, I sure would be grateful. You see, you are my favorite month. I know there are other months that are great, but you bring us turkey and dressing and sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie. You bring us a holiday that is centered around family and not around gifts. I don’t go to 27 Thanksgiving parties. I go to three…stretched out over several days. There’s no running from one event to the next event. We just get to sit, reflect, and be grateful. It’s a breath of fresh air. I love you, November.
Much Much Love,