But I know a lot of you do weekly plans with the idea - I think - that it will save money in the long-run. I'm not sure whether it will save me money, but it might make life a bit easier, so I'm game to give it a shot. I'm going to come up with five dinners each week, figuring we have at least one night a week that is leftovers and weekends are often fix-your-own. The only thing I'm not going to do is specify particular days for particular meals. I'd rather have the flexibility. I can just glance at my list and quickly decide on one for that evening.
This week's meal plans:
Beef stew (this is tonight's - already in the crockpot), noodles, carrots
Chicken sliders, tossed salad, corn
Calzones, apples, corn
Grilled salmon, rice, black beans
Grilled chicken, green beans, baked potatoes (cooked in crockpot)
We're getting to the season that my menus will be more interesting, since we like to use the grill in the warmer weather. That and the expanding choices at the farmer's market will help. We may not always eat the healthiest choices, but I think we do OK.
Next on today's agenda is taking my son to the eye doctor. He desperately needs new glasses and will have to have an exam before they'll write a prescription. With our insurance, the exam will cost me $15. Basic lenses (without all the frills I know they'll try to sell me) are free and I'll be allowed $100 for frames. Anything over $100 I will pay out of pocket. And that's where my anxiety kicks in. Frames can be expensive. Really expensive. And given that my son is in high school who needs to wear his glasses all waking hours, I don't think it's fair to get him the cheapest pair, just because they're the cheapest. Aside from reasonable durability, they need to be somewhat fashionable.
Can I find fashionable, durable frames at the place where I'm required to buy them for under $100? Stay tuned.