There are a few things I love about starting a new month, and one of them is that my mint.com account resets itself. I love having a fresh new budget to
break work with.
I’ve said it before, but it’s true: I spend too much money on groceries.
Don’t get me wrong, I know fresh produce and healthy foods often cost a little more, and I absolutely think it’s worth it. The problem is, I waste a lot of food. It goes bad before I can eat it (like the bag of lemons I threw out yesterday) or I eat part of it and then forget about it (like the bag of pretzels buried deep in the back of the pantry, until so stale, they can’t be saved).
I really stink at meal planning, because my schedule is usually pretty random. Plus, it feels weird meal-planning for one. Someone else is usually involved at dinner, but you never know. I’m on the go, I’m bad at packing my lunch, and I often end up at the grocery store every other day, buying more and more things!
So instead of drastically overhauling my spending, I’m going to attempt a few small changes:
-Only buy what I know I will eat within the week
-Avoid going to the grocery store for “just that one thing”
-Buy foods that can EASILY be a packed lunch for work
-Catch up with friends by walking, running, shopping, doing something, rather than just over dinner
And if your goal is to eat more fruits… try these!
Baked Apple Chips
I sliced a fuji apple on a mandoline slicer, spread out on a baking sheet, sprinkled with stevia and cinnamon, and then baked at 250 for about 45 minutes. You have to flip them every 15 minutes or so, so they don’t stick to the pan, and get slightly crispy. These are SO easy, and for some reason, the simple texture change makes all the difference! I’m back to being an apple addict.