The kids are back in school and all of their sports and activities are in full swing. Add in parties and play-dates and soon the calendar is filled up for the week! Sound familiar?
My hubby and I were constantly asking each other about our schedule and trying to flip things around so that we could fit more into our days. On top of that, we have been trying to take a good hard look at our finances to see how we could better spend our hard earned dollars. It became a constant conversation with neither of us doing much about it – just saying we needed to talk about it. We aren’t the only ones that do this right?
Well enough is enough – we decided we needed to get real about it. Now every Sunday, we sit down together to talk about what is going on for the week, and talk about what expenses we expect to have.
One of our biggest expenses every month is food. Yes, I coupon – but I’m not extreme about it and we try to eat more whole foods vs. things that come in a box. That makes it a little harder to get good deals. Oh, and I’m super lazy about cutting, sorting and filing all of those coupons anyway! So having our meals planned out each week is one of the best ways I can save. If I know that we are going to be running 3 nights that week, I can plan simple meals ahead of time. I waste a lot less food this way.
So what exactly is my point here? Do I think that you should have a weekly meeting with your family? Um.. only if it works for you, lol!
But since hubby and I were working so hard to communicate all of this each week, I needed to come up with a good way to keep us accountable for it. I decided that I needed to keep our meal plan and our weekly schedule all in one place. So I whipped up a little something in Photoshop to keep track of it. I have a section for activities, meal plan, notes (I usually add our expected expenses here – think B-days, etc) a to do list and little section to remind me to be healthy (yes, I do need daily reminders, lol).
I wanted to make it pretty and I wanted to make it reusable. So I grabbed an adorable little kit from Erica Zane called Bluebird. I had it printed as an 11x14 and framed it. Now I just use a dry erase marker on the glass and I can quickly change it each week.
Take a look – isn’t it pretty?
Um.. OK, I totally cheated this pic, lol. My photo skills were non existent the day I took this shot. It cam out SUPER dark. So I fiddled with it in PS and typed in my meals and stuff. Don’t hate me ok? I promise I’ll make it up to you!
I turned my weekly planner into a template for you!
I made 3 sizes… 11x14, 8.5x11 and 8x10
And lots of formats… layered psd and tiff files (for you Photoshop users to pretty up), and jpg printables (with white backgrounds – no blue or yellow areas) for anyone that wants a plain version or to be able to decorate it with paper scrapbooking supplies. There are also individual png files included as well.
Just click on the pic to get the download… it’s free!
Please don’t share the downloaded files – send your friends here to my blog to let them grab it on their own!
Hope this helps you to stay a little bit more organized this week!