I have a secret for you today.
I don't really like going to the grocery store.
And a trip to Walmart?
Um, yeah, I'd rather clean a hundred toilets than take that challenge on.
In fact, shopping is one of those things that I'll do just about anything to get around, which really helps my budget.
A few years ago a friend of mine and I were talking about what was for dinner, and I mentioned that I was making some sort of meat, veggies, and had fresh bread in the oven.
She kind of looked at me like I was from another era . . . the thought of a busy mom making fresh bread in 2013 (or whatever year it was), just wasn't normal to her.
But here's the thing . . . I don't have time not to make fresh bread.
If I look through my pantry and we're out of bread (or whatever convenience food I'm looking for), it's waayyyyy easier for me to dump the ingredients in my bread machine and mix up a loaf. (It really, really, really helps that I have a bread machine ~ this is similar to the one I use ~ and have had for 15 years.)
My time baking bread? Done in five minutes flat (with a cute helper alongside of me.)
Time to head to the store for a loaf? Easily twenty minutes, most likely $20, and that cute helper alongside of me quickly turns into the oh-my-goodness-I-need-it-all-right-now-please-please-please-please-momma child. 😉
The same is true with eating out.
I hear people say all the time that they don't have time to cook a meal, but honestly, I don't have time not to cook.
Going to a restaurant ~ even a drive thru ~ easily takes thirty minutes to an hour with my busy bunch.
Making sandwiches or spaghetti at home can literally be finished up in twenty minutes flat. And yes, it means I'll have dirty dishes to deal with, but I have fantastic helpers who can help me along with that.
The next time you're considering going to the store for just one convenience item or heading out to eat because you just don't have the time to cook, really really consider the time cost involved. Maybe I'm the only one who feels this way, but it's worth really considering if your time saved really is time saved.
Am I the only one who does the mental math on this stuff all the time? 🙂 I'd love to hear your thoughts ~ leave a comment to share!
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