There's always putzy stuff to do around the house - Make a list of all those little things and then refer to them when you feel like snacking: Brush the dog, organize/clean out the refrigerator or cupboards, empty the dishwasher, vacuum out the car, pull those pesky weeds out from the rocks around the tree, change the cat litterbox, plan next week's meals, clean your jewelry, sharpen your eyeliner pencils, straighten that pile of sweaters that fell over in the closet... All that silly stuff!
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I made a big list of everything I cook that my family likes. I also made a list of side dishes. These lists are made up of recipes I know or can get my hands on easily. This way, when I am uninspired, I just look at my list and pop into the store on the way home. Also, when I come across a new recipe that is quick, easy and enjoyed by the whole family, it goes on the list.
At the store where I shop most often, I made a quick list of what was in each aisle (some stores have printed diagrams.) On the computer, I made a list of what I normally buy ---leaving blank spaces for extras --- starting where I enter and ending at the frozen foods (where I go last.) I print out 10-12 copies at a time & post one on the refrigerator to use as a grocery list, checking the things I need. ...(click title for more)
This makes shopping much quicker. I don't get to the end of my list and realize I have to go back to the other end of the store for something I forgot.
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