Time to share our plan for this week 4/7 – 4/13/13. It has already been a super busy week. Yesterday alone was chaos. We started the day with a visit to the dentist for me to get a root canal. We were at the dentist for nearly 2.5 hours. Our kids sat in the waiting room with the older ones keeping an eye on the younger ones and the receptionist watching too. Apparently, they were super good during that 2.5 hours, which I was thankful for. But it did help that they had 2 movies to watch provided by the dental office. We then had to run errands and grocery shop, then we came home and planted 7 pineapple plants. Then we had a simple but super yummy dinner of french dip with french onion soup (even with the cheese being melted over the mug of soup, Alex’s favorite!) a fruit tray of pineapple, strawberries and blackberries and roasted asparagus with hollandaise sauce. We then did a 20-minute quick clean and then scooted off to a homeschool history fair ending with one more trip to the grocery store for something I forgot! I can’t see our week slows down as we have an event every day this week. I am not sure how that happens, it just does!!
As always, before I share our weekly plan and our menu, you can read about each of these on these links as we encourage you to do the same to save time, money and sanity:
Here’s my plan this week, I’ve already done quite a bit of it between Monday and Tuesday this week!
T – stands for Thrifty – what are my thrifty goals for the week?
- Refill empty cleaners
- Dry fresh Dill
- Plant Pineapple Plants (Here’s the picture of this completed task)
H – stands for Home – what are some things I/we need to do around and for our home?
- Research sq. foot gardening
- Spend 2 total hours this week preparing for garage sale and collecting things to sell (30 minutes per day)
- Get carpets cleaned
R – stands for Relationships – a place where I write down who I need to call, send a note to or remember a birthday/event.
- Research 4-H clubs and projects for this summer
- Order daughter’s new set of school books
- Cards to uncle
I – stands for Involvement – this is the part of my planner that allows me and my family to be involved in our community and church in small ways each week.
- Call Mike about helping
- Email church family about the washer/dryer we’re giving away
- Make sloppy joe pot pie for Wed. family night potluck
F – stands for Finances – What financial tasks do we need to complete this week: (also as we continue to find our 2% cuts each month!)
- Cancel Cable (we switched internet providers to save even more money and our previous package included this and we found a better deal from another company without bundling cable/phone)
- Switch phone service to Vonage
- Send in prescription and dental receipts for reimbursement from HSA
T – stands for To-Do’s– misc. things I need to do this week!
- Exchange broken jar
- Cancel first ID hotel (using our tricks we share HERE, we booked one hotel for the “just in case” and found a better deal at a nicer hotel for a weekend trip to a homeschool conference in a couple of months)
- Research accommodations/campground options for family vacation to Yellowstone in July
Y – stands for You – what are some things that I can do for myself to de-stress and relax for all of the hard work!
- Pick up pictures
- Pack for retreat
- Charge Ipod (yes, I have to write this down because I won’t remember!)
These are additional things listed on my “Other Tasks” on the right side of the page:
- Buy more greenhouse lights
- Place essential oils order (although I have shared my top 7 for cleaning, I have been slowly building a collection of many different oils and have around 20 different types right now for all different purposes, not just cleaning!)
- Email Amy for co-op details
- Nail down fencing options and discuss research with Alex to make decisions
Plus I have my developing shopping list and other tasks list on the right for those extras.
Here’s our planned dinner menu for the week!
Monday – Lasagna Casserole, Roasted Zucchini
Tuesday – French Dip with French Onion Soup and Roasted Asparagus
Wednesday – Sloppy Joe Pot Pie for family night potluck
Thursday – Pot Roast with potatoes, carrots, onions and celery
Friday – Cowboy Chili with leftover meat from roast
Saturday – Family Dinner Out
Sunday – Spaghetti with Mizithra Cheese and Browned Butter
And… no matter whether you make a menu or not, don’t forget about “dinner by 10.”
If you would like to print your own THRIFTY weekly planner, you can do so below. Alex designed it to where it requires very little ink and in fact you can print it in fast draft/grayscale to use even less ink. But either one uses miniscule amount of ink! I would recommend printing or copy several as I often write plans a couple of weeks ahead too!
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Please share in the comments below what your menu and plan is for the week!