Time Saving Tuesday (TST) 3

Time Saving Tuesday

Join me for the (mostly) weekly Time Saving Tuesday tip.

As a single mother with three daughters, a house, cats and a job working close to 50 hours a week, the only way I can keep up my wonder woman persona is to find things that save me time. This can be a good thing when it comes to not slipping back into former habits that contributed to hurting my health.  Over the years I’ve come up with lots of tricks that work for me and, thanks to Pinterest and the many websites out there, I see lots of others that I’d like to try one day. Each week I thought I would share either a tip that I use or something that I’ve seen on another site. Perhaps some of these will work for you to help save you time and make things a bit easier. If you’ve got a great time saving tip to share why not post it in the comment section below.

This week’s TST tip is to help save you time and money, especially in the kitchen, is to create your own recipe binder of meals you have tried and your family loves. Working on a meal plan in my house sometimes seems like this:

meal planning

Yes that about sums it up. My ideas of what I think would be great to make and my children’s ideas of what they would like usually are two different things. My recipe binder came about when all my plans of culinary deliciousness for the week meant I was eating a whole lot of leftovers myself.  Now I save all the really great recipes that everyone (or mostly everyone) has enjoyed and would like to eat it again.

The recipe binder saves me time because, a day or two before I want to go grocery shopping, I tell my crew to look through and see what they would like me to make. They pull out recipes and leave it on my desk. This helps me create a grocery list and I don’t make meals that people won’t eat. Bonus points for the fact that they are now all old enough to cook so I can leave the recipe out and ask that it either be made or ingredients are prepped before I get home. It saves me money because I’m not wasting food when people decide to not eat the meal.

recipe binder

My recipe binder has also been helpful when it comes to making recipe adjustments. I’ve written on pages, added in ingredients, changed amounts and crossed stuff off. I no longer have to rely on my memory when it comes to the great way I made something the previous time and hope to duplicate it again. And it saves me from duplicating recipe disasters.

One bonus to the binder that I never thought of before is it has now turned into family tradition.  The kids decide if something is worthy of being added to the binder. When they look through the binder they talk about the last time certain things were made and we have a fun time remembering that particular day. It has become important enough that my middle daughter asked if the binder could be passed down to her when the day comes that I no longer use it.

Why not start your own family recipe binder. You’ll save time and money. Perhaps along the way you’ll also end up with some great family memories too!

Do you have a recipe binder that you rely on? Or do you prefer online sites such as Pinterest to help you save all your favorite recipes?


2 Responses to Time Saving Tuesday (TST) 3

  1. Love this! I have one that is similar and it definitely helps!

  2. I am such a pen and paper person! I love pinterest and all of the savvy social media ways to save things but I still love printing things off and keeping a hard copy! I love your idea!