But this month, “less is more” took a turn for the worse.
My mom had hip replacement surgery. While she was in the hospital, I got one of those “I wish I were dead” stomach viruses (along with two of my three kids), and we had a variety of school, work, and family obligations to more than fill out our calendar.
So I did a lot less planning. And because of that, our family had a lot more stress and expense. I wasn’t very good about meal planning and sticking to the plan. I wasn’t good about writing my shopping list on my magnetic notepad (or forgetting to bring the list with me!). We ate out more. We ate more convenience foods. I didn’t even try to use coupons or find deals. We made some unhealthy snack choices (“You’re baking cookies, again, Mom?”). I was lazy about getting laundry and housekeeping done, which piled more stress onto a busy schedule.
Now that the month is winding down, I’ve come to realize how much “Less is More” can work against you when it’s less of the right things and more of the wrong things that help you stay on budget.
Just the little bit of time spent planning out meals and shopping lists can make a huge difference in your grocery budget and your diet. Setting aside some time a few days a week to keep up on laundry can make life a lot less stressful.
So while our finances took a hit this month and life was a bit chaotic, I know that I have the right attitude to turn things around. I know that we can reset our minds to focus on the benefits of less processed foods, less clutter, and more money savings and time to spend with each other.