I feel like a champ. I haven't spent any (ANY!) money at all this week, and we've had home-cooked food for every meal so far. I cooked a big pot of beef and vegetable soup on Monday (my last day off), then have taken it to work for lunch every day since. I set out pasta and sauce for Shayne to make for dinner last night, then today popped pork steaks with a mushroom and onion sauce into the crockpot for dinner. I also have bread rising in the bread machine to go with the rest of the soup.
This has not been easy, but it's been easier than I thought it would be. I just have to remember to take meat out of the freezer to thaw, so I'm working a day ahead of myself. I'd like to eventually get to the point where we're planning our meals about 2 weeks in advance, but even thinking a few days in advance is big progress for me. I will probably only need to cook one more meal to get us through the rest of my working days, then I'll have my days off to plan, shop, and cook. My ultimate goal is to cook enough on my days off that I'll only need to cook one, maybe two, meals on my working days. This should keep Shayne from feeling like he needs to eat out for dinner (which is obviously better for both him and Ethan), plus it will give me dinners to take to work and keep me from eating out. I don't mind eating out one day a week, but it was getting a bit ridiculous. Last month, we spent almost $900 on food. $900! We should be spending half that... I knew we'd gotten off track, since we've been stressed and our kitchen has been a mess, but still... It's time to get back on track.