I got a new work computer and it prompted me to try to be more organized. (Am I the only one this way? A new toy somehow means I think I will suddenly change my ways?) For about a month I’ve been trying to plan what we’re eating so I can grocery shop only every other week. Without a plan, we tend to buy a ton of stuff that somehow still doesn’t translate into full meals for more than a few days, so we eat out too. Double whammy.
But, being the technology junkie I am, I wanted a meal-planning solution. You know, an app complete with whiz-bang flipping and pretty pictures. I tried a bunch but in the end went low-tech.
1. I don’t want to learn a bunch of new recipes. I just want to organize what I’m planning to make.
2. I don’t want to load or build my own recipes into an app just so it can produce a grocery list. I just want a list I can easily check off while shopping. (Bonus for not requiring a pen and paper… which I have to fight my kid for just to check something off.)
3. I don’t want to pay for an app or service or use coupons or shop at one store. We buy olive oil from Earth Fare, tortillas from Trader Joe’s, and benign who-cares-if-they’re-organic supplies from Kroger. I don’t want to follow the coupon train as we save enough money just by eating what we buy!
In 15 minutes today, I created a new iCalendar, added an event to each day with the food I’m planning to make, and as I brainstormed, threw together a list in the reminders app that syncs to my phone (you can do this in Google if you’re not an iPerson). Ta-da!
I think all the other research was just procrastination.