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Taking the What Out of "What's For Dinner, Babe?"

    It's the age-old struggle for couples; the back and forth of the "what's for dinner?" question. Without a plan, this is a question that can tear relationships apart. Before Kilton and I started meal planning for dinner, the conversation almost always went like: Kilton: "What's for dinner, babe?" Me: "I don't know. What are you in the mood for?" Kilton: "I dunno. What are YOU thinking?" Me: "Well I don't know. We might have something in the freezer but it will take a while to thaw: Kilton: "Let's just order pizza." Me: ..."Hello, Domino's? I'd like to place an order."      We were stuck in a dinner rut all the time, relying on pantry staples (more on this a little later), take out (which meant spending money) or Frankenstein-ing a meal together that was just meh. It also meant eating a lot of the same things over and over again, and the last minute planning often meant last minu

"Couponing is Cool" and Other Phrases I Never Thought I'd Say

Reasons I know I am an adult:  1. I am now a person who scans the receipt before leaving the store to make sure the digital coupons and sales went through. 2. I get very excited when I see how much I saved because of said coupons and deals. 3. Buying meat in bulk and portioning it out & labeling it for the freezer brings me great joy. Grocery apps I actually use      When did I become this person? You would think it was when I was in the depths of my financial despair and worried about money, but that is not true. I worried researching deals and "clipping" digital coupons wouldn't be worth the time. If I had been better at it back then, I might have gotten my financial sh*t together faster! Oh if only! I used to think of couponing like that TLC show that would always have one or two ladies spending Sunday morning clipping tons of coupons and then shopping with reckless abandon. The Crazy Coupon Ladies would then bring us down to their overflowing baseme

Amazon: Uninstalled & Other Apps I Deleted

     You read that right. I deleted my shopping apps and I've never felt simultaneous relief and fear in this way before. Now, if you're a reader of my blog, you will know that I had a post called "Too Lazy to Shop" where I celebrated the ease of online shopping and delivery, so before you call me a hypocrite, know that I see this contradiction. I didn't say I am never going to shop online again, or that I've renounced delivery, because it's 2020 and the convenience of the internet is not to be ignored. That said, I deleted the apps from my phone to take away the temptation  to buy online. There's a difference. Bye      We live in a "one-click" world. Millions of products at our fingertips at all hours of the day and night. A constant bombardment of ads based on our shopping habits (or, literally, what we say). Instagram influencers and podcast hosts pitching us products they swear they have tried themselves and love (for real though

New Year, ______ Me

    Happy New Year! Here we are. 2020. The roaring 20's! I am one of those people that thinks 2000 was 10 years ago and 1994 was 15 years ago. But it's January 2020, the turn of the year; the turn of the DECADE. We get a fresh slate. A clean calendar. Every commercial, ad, article, and status seems to be about New Year's Resolutions. I'm 100% sure there are more fitness and diet program commercials on TV. And why wouldn't there be? Sometimes, we need a catalyst, or a push, to change or break a habit. I have my own goals (for some reason, I hate the notion of resolutions), which I will share in a bit, but this year finds me really unpacking this notion of "new year, new me!"         Why is there so much pressure? It's odd that there is this requirement that we set a list of goals or resolutions for the start of the new year. Why not just start whenever you feel inspired to do so; doing it that way probably makes whatever changes you're making r