March 17, 2018April 3, 2018 Brooke One of the best budget-saving things I’ve done is create a meal menu. Originally, I began with 28 of our favorite, easier recipes. As time went on and the same meals continued to resurface, that list has grown to 51 and still continuing to expand. The best part about this plan is that I know exactly what I’m making for dinner every night, and come grocery shopping time, I have a ready-made menu, which makes writing out the list incredibly easy and fast. Our adventure with Optometry school leaves us short on cash each month. We used to get by until daycare expenses started rolling in, and now we’re left scraping by each month, trying hard not spend over what I make. Needless to say, I’m always looking for ways to cut back. Now that I’ve been meal planning for awhile, I look back and shudder at all the money I wasted on groceries before Landon was born. We tried our hand at budgeting, and the weekly allotment for groceries was $88. Then, that seemed like so little, and I often struggled staying within the budget.Now, our budget has shrunk to accommodate baby expenses, and our new weekly allotment for groceries is $50. But, guess what? It’s possible! Hard, but feasible. There are few things in life I hate more than clutter. Clutter instantly makes any space look sloppy and unclean. The best way to fool people into thinking your house is clean is to manage clutter and eliminate as many sources of clutter as possible.Even when I know I haven’t cleaned (example: vacuum, sweep, disinfect counters, etc.), I’m able to relax once the clutter is gone. If you haven’t figured it out by now, I’m a pretty neat person. If items are out of their places, chairs not pushed in under the table, cupboard doors slightly open, towels not hanging straight, toys not put away, my mood quickly decreases and my anxiety increases.