See that below? That was my last Sunday. As in that's what I did. All. Day.
This was the second month that I tried my hand at freezer cooking. The idea is to cook enough meals in one day to last for a month. The first month was a trial run to see how it would work for my family. It went well, so there I was Sunday doing it again.
What appealed to me about freezer cooking wasn't the time that I'd be cooking. It was the time I wouldn't have to cook. I have a 3-year-old, work full time, and then there's things like sleep and showering to take care of too. I thought this kind of pre-planning would make weeknight meals a cinch.
You can get recipes anywhere you like, but I like onceamonthmom.com because the menus are planned out for you, labels are all ready to print, and best of all, it flows with grocery store sale cycles and in-season produce to make the whole process work with items you're probably picking up with coupons anyway. Magic, I tell you!
Seriously, I feel like I've found a beautiful/peaceful/magical balance between saving money, using my time better, and having healthy, homemade meals.
I'm curious. Have you found a balance like this? What made it click for you?
I know these frozen bags of food don't look very appetizing, but I swear they will be. I taste tested of course!
Tara Hanley lives in Janesville and writes about saving money for readers of Gazettextra.com. She is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. Her opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.