I’ve been pondering my Internet Dinner Accountability Plan. Initially, the goal was for the family to sit down every night at the table for a meal. I’d read a couple of books that were big, big fans of this and had many pretty photos and suggestions.
After a few weeks, I adjusted the goal to accommodate the fact that we aren’t often all home until 8pm, which is late for dinner. So, I started shooting for a majority of people eating a meal I’d planned for us to eat. That was a better goal, and writing the Goal Post and Dinner Score posts got me in the habit of planning the week out. Overall, this is an improvement, if not the one I’d originally hoped for.
We also eat out slightly less. DH and I have a bad taco habit, but having the groceries for a meal already in the house made my frugal self too guilty to go out even if DH offered. Sometimes. Queso knows me by my name.
I think I’ve made all the gains on this front that I’m going to, though. With our schedules, storage and budget, I feel this is an even keel. It could be better. It could be more frugal. I could stick to my plan more. But I know what perfect looks like because I read those books, and Chez Cheepie was never going to get there. Here is nice and here we’ll stay.
Added Bonus: The kids are now really good at asking if I want a photo of their meal before they start eating, a skill that will serve them well in life, since it seems like half the internet is photos of food and the other half is cat videos.
Final Dinner Score: 12 points
Perfect Mon-Thurs, and then we went out on Friday. Instead of having buffalo chicken legs (why legs? because thanks to crazy sports bars, wings are more expensive than legs. though I didn’t really have a solid plan. was I going to deep fry chicken legs? bake them?), we all went out for pasta and a visit to the bookstore.
Just like a Friday in 1997, but we have small people tailing us that want us to pay for their stuff.
I’m calling the Dinner Accountability plan over, and I appreciate all the feedback that I got. Stay tuned for the next CheepieAustin project!