The preparations got me reflecting on the idea of Planning. I recently read that the average American family wastes an average of $3,000 each year from lack of planning!
- Buying things we already have
- Tossing expired items that never got used
- Making several trips to the grocery store for just one more thing
- Purchasing items without comparison shopping
I've been guilty of all of those at one time or another.
My mom always said that the best thing God made was one day after another. So, I have made it my goal to make sure tomorrow is better than today. I've begun planning ahead, each Saturday afternoon, for the following week. My husband and I make a meal plan, grocery list, chore list, and activity list. We have a schedule for each of us and our children.
It sounds complicated, but it really wasn't much work at all! Once we made the plan on our first week, the following weeks got easier because we already had a blueprint.
Since making the adjustments we have seen improvements in many areas of our lives: our budget is reaching further, the kids get more attention from us, we feel more relaxed, and our overall satisfaction with life has improved.
Truthfully, some weeks it's already Monday, when I start to make my plan. But once I do, the whole week becomes a breeze.
If you are tired of living day to day struggling to get a break, I invite you to plan ahead with me. I can share my own family schedule template with you and see how it can help your family.
To those of you who have it together, please share your family planning secrets with the rest of us! It's great to learn from each other.