- Just too tired to cook
- Haven't a clue as to what to fix for dinner
- Haven't thawed any meat from the freezer for that nights dinner?
Even the grocery store has gotten into the gimmick. The deli screams "here I made your potato salad for you, and have the rotisserie chicken already prepared"
Walking down the grocery store aisle they practically scream your name.
Campbells soup- you don't have time to make homemade soup - buy me
hamburger helper- you dont have time to make a pasta dish - buy me
stove top stuffing- No one makes their own stuffing anymore - buy me
I could go on and on - and don't even get me started in the frozen food section.
Organization is the key element to saving money in almost any situation. As wives and keepers of the home we can save a lot of money at the grocery store by being organized and shopping wisely.
Fix your own frozen dinners and have them labeled in the freezer when you have had one of those days and do not feel like cooking. There are lots of Once and month cooking sites on the internet. You can freeze lots of things other than lasagna and casseroles. Cookie dough and pies can be frozen as well. The freezer is your friend - he loves to be taken advantage of for your benefit.
Do some research and learn to make your own mixes using herbs and spices.
Set aside one day and plan your weekly menu. Do as much preprep as you can. Do you have a dish that requires a lot of cut up veggies. Go ahead and cut them up and put them in a container in your refrigerator.
Plan your menu around the sales ads. This can be lots of fun and creative if you turn it into a game.