One of the things that leads to quickly spending money that we didn’t anticipate is when both Adam and I feel awful at the end of the day. This is something that I’m certain happens for every couple who is dealing with chronic illness. Neither of us has the energy left to cook something, so the only thing that seems remotely fair is to phone it in. This is how we end up eating fast food or delivery restaurant food in our home when we otherwise could have had something that would have cost us less money and been healthier for us.
So, I thought about it a good deal and I asked my good friend the internet, “How do we kick this problem’s ass?” Because, frankly, I’m tired of wasting good money on bad food that makes me feel bad about myself!
Here’s the answer that I found. Use your tools!
The key to not wasting your money on food when you don’t have the energy to prepare stuff is to have ready-to-eat meals and snacks on hand at home, and the only way to have that is to have prepared the stuff previously.
This means that the process is:
1. Create Ready-to-Eat Meals, Components, & Snacks
2. Store in Refrigerator and Freezer
3. Heat (if needed) and Eat
There are folks out there who know an awful lot more about this sort of thing than I do, though!
Most of these page suggest doing 1 month at a time, but I would be satisfied if I could do 1 or 2 weeks at a time where I just have extra stuff ready here and there, because it’s just tough having things done when you’ve got the extra stress of a tight budget and extra fatigue.
Still, it’s just as easy as seeing what you’ve got in your home, and what you need and doing some planning.
I’m starting to see caring for myself and home-making a lot like running a business. This kitchen for 2 needs to run optimally, with the best relationships we can have with our vendors (grocery stores & restaurants) and it’s up to me to operate at a profit, not a loss.