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Planning Ahead

February 1st, 2012 at 12:39 am

A couple of the restaurants we like have Facebook pages and often they post their specials for the night. As a joke, I have been posting what I've fixed for supper. I get some interesting comments, usually folks asking to come over!

One gal asked if I ever took a night off. I said I do because I do, but I also responded that I cook things ahead. Tonight we had lasagna. I had planned it because I wanted a filling supper as well as stuff for lunches. I had already bought the lasagna noodles on sale, had a coupon and a sale on the cheese, and hubby found a good deal on ground chicken. I used the tomato sauce I made last summer with our tomatoes, onions and basil, so it wasn't the most expensive meal either.

One couple we sometimes do things with never plan anything ahead. They have called and asked us to go out to eat and I have often had to say that I had already started supper. They act like I'm crazy. DH says they fly by the seat of their pants. I admit we do eat out, but I do cook a lot too. And, I usually plan my weekly menus to use what we have as well as utilize those items on sale. Maybe I'm anal, but it is reassuring to know I have our meals planned and some fixed and ready to heat.

I think planning goes farther than just food. We plan for vacation by saving up and reading up. We save up for most things and then check Consumer Reports to see if it is a good value. I have been trying to put a bit of money away for the past 20+ years for retirement. I can't say I'll be rich, but hopefully I won't live in poverty, either.

Is it safe to assume that if you are on Saving Advice you are a planner too?

5 Responses to “Planning Ahead”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    yes, I'm a planner too. I can't say I cook ahead as much as I could. I usually have several dinner ideas to put together, so it's never really an issue of what to have for dinner.

  2. wowitsawonderfullife Says:

    I rarely get home from work without a plan for dinner. And my savings and bill payments are always planned. I'd go nuts without a financial plan. That's what 20 years in banking does to you.

  3. CB in the City Says:

    Half the time when someone invites me out, I've not only started dinner, I've eaten it!

  4. Ima saver Says:

    Yes, I am a planner too!

  5. Jerry Says:

    I have a colleague at school who literally eats out almost every meal, and can't understand why I will head home to eat with my family (he is single, but doesn't even consider that I'd actually like to see my wife and girls... he seems to have had a different family experience than me). Anyway, I can't imagine what kind of money drain eating out all the time has to lead to! I'd rather have some insurance of great food at home with my family, and eating out on a special occasion, thanks!

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