It’s been a pretty light week over on this here blog hasn't it? It happens every once in a while, where I feel like I just don’t have much to say. My week feels slow, I’m busy with the mundane day-to-day things like doing laundry, washing dishes, cooking etc. Sometimes nothing seems inspiring to me, or “photo-worthy” and sometimes I don’t feel like cooking something new – we survive on sandwiches and frozen pizza’s.
It’s not always a bad thing, sometimes I really cherish the slow days, the grey day’s that make me want to curl up and drink my coffee with a huge sweater and a good book – it just doesn’t always make for exciting writing (sometimes though – sometimes it makes for the MOST amazing writing).
These kinds of days force me to slow down and really contemplate. And I’ve had this last year on my mind a lot this week. It has been a wonderful year, a scary and difficult one too. There have been multiple life choices that we’ve made, or adjusted or discussed or discarded.
Spiritual, life-changing decisions like being baptised. Professional decisions like quitting my job and finally finishing school – something I accomplished recently! Lifestyle changes like buying a larger home – and leaving our first one behind (something that I have mixed emotions over).
It’s been a year of change and growth and decisions that will impact our lives for many years to come. These decisions have involved lots of research, lots of hard work and sacrifices. Not the least of which has been a restructuring of the way we spend money – and on what.
Budgeting doesn’t really come naturally or easily to us – with just the two of us, we are used to having a good amount of disposable income and there was very little we had to say no to until recently. We are blessed I know. But it’s made our efforts to curb our spending that much more of a shock to our system. That being said, it has definitely been a valuable education.
I’ve learned a lot about repurposing things you already own, thrift stores and enjoying the simpler – and ultimately more valuable things – like time walking with friends and family and enjoying the outdoors instead of say – going to see a movie, or to a fancy restaurant.
Currently I’m working on getting my grocery/home product list in check – It’s been difficult for me, and I am amazed at how little thought I put into what I was spending on this before. One of my biggest issues has been my LOVE of cooking – I’m not huge into pre-processed food, and usually the only frozen meals we purchase are pizza’s and sometimes perogies (because who has the time). I like to cook and for that you need fresh foods, which have a short lifespan, and I usually have some sort of protein in our meals - which can get pricey.
Pinterest is of no help to me in this area, although you can find about 75 thousand posts on how to make 200 frozen meals for 45 dollars – or how to make one crockpot meal last for a week. Sometimes all of the noise of Pinterest makes it difficult to find something that truly relates to your life, or feels authentic and doable.
So, I guess I will put it out there to you, my family and friends old and new… How do you do your food shopping? Do you make weekly/biweekly trips to one store or to multiple? Do you use coupons or wait for sales? Is this even an issue for you or am I just out of control?