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Saving time was the main reason that moved us towards a Once-A-Week-Grocery habit. But now that we have, I’m finding there are many more benefits.
We buy the majority of our groceries at two stores: Trader Joe’s and Costco. And both stores are about 20 minutes from our house. For every trip we are able skip, we are essentially saving 40 minutes of time otherwise spent in the car driving. And that doesn’t even include the time that would’ve been spent in the store. Since time seems to be in short supply, this was the initial impetus for our Once-A-Week-Grocery habit.
Besides saving time by having a Once-A-Week-Grocery habit, I’m finding there are many benefits I hadn’t considered before we began.
Benefits of buying groceries once a week
- Less time spent driving – more time to do other things as well as less wear and tear on the car.
- Grocery purchases are more intentional – when going only once a week, a good shopping list is essential.
- Meal planning is easier to implement – this is really in combination with #2 on the list. If you are making intentional purchases, you need to know what is going to be served, so you need a meal plan.
- Less food is wasted – we have noticed that as we are more intentional in our purchases, less food is spoiling before we are able to use it.
- Fewer impulse purchases – even though we still sometimes go ‘off list’, with fewer shopping trips, there are fewer occurrences.
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Having young children, we have come to realize that the hardest part about it is that you always seem to be sleep-deprived. Complicating the situation for us was the fact that our mattress was old and lumpy. We resigned ourselves to sleeping on a sub-par mattress until the kids had outgrown morning snuggles and diapers. However, when I was pregnant with #2, we realized that with our co-sleeping habit and my growing belly, we needed to upgrade our queen mattress for a king-sized mattress. While we love our new mattress, we were terrified that one leaky diaper would ruin it. We needed a way to protect the money we were putting into a new mattress. By protecting the mattress we are saving money, since it will last longer.
How we protect our mattress
So we set out to protect our investment by purchasing a waterproof mattress protector. You are probably imagining a stiff, non-breathable plastic layer, but you couldn’t be more wrong. We found this waterproof mattress protector sheet on Amazon and it works better than we could hope. Once the protector sheet is put on the bed and covered by a regular fitted sheet, you cannot even tell it’s there. It doesn’t seem to trap the heat, so it is comfortable both in the summer and winter. And it has passed the waterproof tests that my children have submitted it to as well. In the past year, we’ve had multiple diaper leaks and actually several bed-wetting accidents on our bed yet our mattress is still pristine.
So if you want to protect your mattress from leaks and spills, get yourself a waterproof mattress protector sheet. It’s an inexpensive way to protect your mattress.
In addition of protecting our mattress investment, the waterproof mattress protector has also saved us a lot of time. Now when there is a leak or spill, we only have to pull of the sheets and wash them. We don’t have to blot up the stains, attempt a mattress cleanup and wait for the mattress to dry.
Thiswaterproof mattress protector sheet is such a wonderful item to have, that I would encourage anyone to put it on their baby registry. It is not as much fun as cute baby clothing or toys, but it is so much more useful. Let us know if you have other inexpensive *insurances* for more expensive items in the comments below.
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As I mentioned in my earlier post, meal planning has been a difficult skill for me to incorporate into our routine. However, now that I have figured out that it is ok to build flexibility into our plan, we’ve had a lot of success. The key has been to think of our Flexible Meal Plan as a guideline or even the fall back position.
Benefits of a Flexible Meal Plan:
- Less food waste – According the USDA website, 30-40% of our food supply is wasted.
- Make better choices for your meals – Decision fatigue at dinner time could mean you make poor food decisions.
- No last minute runs to the grocery store – Save time and money when you have everything for dinner ready to go.
Let us know what other benefits you have gained from meal planning in the comments below.
Combining flexibility with a plan – How we meal plan at our house:
On Sundays, my husband and I sit down and take a look at the fridge and pantry to see what ingredients need to be utilized soon and what we have available. Then we build our meals around those items.
For example, if we have a lot of fresh veggies in the crisper drawer, we’ll schedule a stir fry and salads for the coming Monday and Tuesday. Once we’ve filled in the menu, we write out our weekly grocery list to make sure we have all of the ingredients without needing to run to the store at the last minute.
Even though we fill it out weekly, I set up our planner for the month. That way, if we have a hard time determining what to cook, we can use earlier meals as inspiration.
Here is a link to our Blank Monthly Meal Plan. The planner has space for both Lunch and Dinner. And we even squeeze our To Do list and Shopping List onto this plan.
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