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  • Supermom vibes in the carpool line! The schools are getting all this @supermomculture Magic this school year! Thank you guys for all the support! Hats are almost sold out! Beanies & bags are gone 🙅🏾‍♀️. They will be restocked later this fall. Link in profile #supermom 📷 @kaynjames
  • Didn’t I just have Harper?! Geez! My baby’s 1st day of PreK 3 (yes, she’s 3!) was today and she basically acts like she runs the school. I think she was happy to have time away from mommy after the long summer. It was nice to have a few hours to myself. Now need to sit down and plan out all this time I have available (3.5 hrs) 😩. Mr swears the girls are gone 8 hrs a day and have so much free time 😒. #firstdayofschool
  • Nothing like having lunch dates with your girls while the kids are at school. Counting down to Harper’s first day. Follow @districtmotherhued for special discount on @supermomculture merch! This deal won’t be offered again for a while so 🏃🏾‍♀️ & look for this pic. #supermom #supermomculture 📷 @kaynjames
  • Why play outside when you can have @townctratcobb as your playground? #ad We recently enjoyed a family fun day of playing and shopping at Town Center at Cobb, then dinner and a drink in a cool light bulb container. Town Center at Cobb has great kid-friendly events and special offers for Family program members. To sign up for the family program for FREE and join the fun visit https://family.simon.com. #foundatsimon #JoinTheFamilyFun #familyfunatsimon
  • Came back from an amazing weekend in Durham, NC at the @theprevailingwoman conf back to Supermom mode. @letoyaluckett snatched all the edges when she said “If you are not kind to yourself, why would you expect someone else to treat us better than we treat ourselves?” My biggest takeaway is that I need to take care of myself so I can continue to be a supermom.  Gray tees and jean hats available now (bags are sold out)! Link in profile. #supermom #supermomculture
  • Sent my baby off to 4th grade this morning. She decided to wear a top she already had and she picked this hair style. She’s also excited to have a black woman teacher and principal. I was so hype that my little brown girl (only one in her grade) will get to see someone that looks like every day during her education journey. #firstdayofschool #blackgirlmagic #atlbraids #targetstyle
  • I’m having an amazing time @sheprevailsconference by @theprevailingwoman. If you watch my stories you will see them in action 💃🏾. I talked about the balancing act on a panel with @_kayalex_ & @themillennialmamma. The consensus is there is no balance.  I’ll get deeper in to that in a post later because I think we can all relate to that.  Thanks to @suakokobetty I was looking super fly in my kimono and matching shorts. My shoes are like 10 years old 😩. #sheprevails #prevailingwoman
  • The final days of summer! #AD We recently had a family fun day at @townctratcobb. Growing up, my mom and I would go to the mall every Saturday.  It was always an adventure.  Now, Town Center at Cobb is filled with family fun activities and of course, great shopping!  Beat the heat and enjoy a fun family day. Town Center at Cobb has great kid-friendly events and special offers for Family program members. To sign up for the family program for FREE and join the fun visit https://family.simon.com #foundatsimon #jointhefamilyfun #familyfunatsimon
  • I’m ready for #backtoschool! New merch available for @supermomculture today! I call this my Momiana hoodie in neon green! I also have baseball caps, beanies, gray tees and sweats! Carpool will never be the same! Link in profile! #supermom #supermomculture 📷 @kaynjames
  • Did you know I had sisters?  Here are my two older sisters (far left and far right), my niece and my beautiful mom. I don’t think I talk about my sisters enough since people assume I don’t have any. I also have an older brother but he’s 😜. I’m the baby. We definitely don’t agree on a lot of things but when you mess with one of us, you’ll get the wrath from all of us. My #rideordies #nationalsisterday
  • So it’s #nationalsistersday or something like that. My girls are at the age where everything results in a fight, like wrestling match fights. But when one gets in trouble the other is sad.  Harper is already a ride or die sister. If Peyton gets in trouble, Harper takes it upon herself to tell us off and that we need to apologize. The funniest thing. Does anyone else have kids that fight all the time? #disneymom  #nationalsisterday
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10 Meal Planning Tips to Help You Save Money

August 30, 2017

Figuring out what to feed your family every single day, three times a day, plus snacks can be stressful.  When I don’t meal plan properly I usually end up at someones drive through and stuffing my face with french fries. As much as I love me some fries, I can’t feed that to my kids every day. It also doesn’t help with my waistline.  Since my Walmart video dropped (HERE), I’ve received a lot of questions regarding meal planning and budgets.  Keep reading for my meal planning tips that help me save time, money and my sanity.

I spend an average of $125 a week on groceries.  This includes items for Peyton’s lunch for school.  I also try to shop at one store, like Walmart, to get everything in one place.  I typically cook 4-5 meals a week with the most labor intensive meals on Sunday and Tuesday.  Those are the days when I don’t have to rush and take Peyton to gymnastics practice.  Below are more detailed tips that help me to feed my family healthier meals.

  1. Make a master list of meals.  I tend to cook a lot of the same meals but it’s good to keep a list to help you switch it up. Also, make sure you ask your family what’s their favorite dish.  Keep it in a safe place so you can refer to it weekly
  2. Clean out your fridge and take inventory weekly.  My husband is notorious for leaving empty containers and old leftovers in the fridge.  Cleaning my refrigerator helps me to know what essentials I need to restock instead of guessing. It only takes me a few minutes to clean out my fridge and wipe it down.  It also makes it easier to put food away when you come home from the store.
  3. Block out a time to plan your meals.  I write out the days of the week on a paper and what activities I have for the week.  I make a few drafts before I settle on a plan.
  4. Don’t shop without a list.  If I go to the store without a list, I feel like a lost puppy.  Because I tend to forget my list, I snap a picture of it with my phone as a backup.
  5. Eat before you shop.  Going to the store hungry will have you wanting all the things.  To avoid that I try to go after a meal.
  6. Plan for on the go.  Check your calendar for events if you’re not going to be home. If I have an event to attend, there is no point in planning a meal for that day because I won’t be home.  I try to make sure my family has leftovers or something easy for my husband to make.
  7. Train your family to eat leftovers.  I struggled with this at first because I wasn’t a big leftover eater.  Since I’ve been trying to eat right and lose weight I started to eat more leftovers.  I started offering my girls leftovers of their favorite meals and they ate it with no problems.   If they’re hungry, they’ll eat.
  8. Organize storage containers.  Having containers together in one place with the lids make it easy to store leftovers.  Make sure you have both big and small containers.  You’ll save time and money by storing it properly.
  9. Prep leftovers for lunch.  When I go to store our dinner from the night before I put my lunch in a separate container so it’s easy for me to pop in the microwave and eat quickly.  I even bought plastic forks so I can eat on the go.
  10. Add meals to your calendar.  I add my meals to my planner and digital calendar.  It reminds me the night before so if I need to thaw something out I’ll be reminded.

That’s what I do to plan my meals and stay on budget.  It may sound like a lot of work but once you start it will become second nature.  Before I started planning, I would notice I was letting food go bad because I wasn’t buying it with a purpose.  I don’t buy salmon if I don’t intend to make salmon that week.  I’ve saved so much money with planning.  My family definitely eats healthier meals since I started planning.

Do you meal plan?  If you have any meal planning tips, please share in the comments.

  • Charlotte
    August 31, 2017 at 10:51 am

    This is a great list Trina! Love it!

    By the way, I always go to the store hungry, and end up buying a bunch of things I don’t need to eat.
    I’m also bad at keeping a list with me, so I love the idea of taking a picture! I also love that tee. So good!

    Looking good lady!

  • Auntcookie
    September 3, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Just saw your Walmart video and new to your blog. I like it. I try the prepping and I no it works . I just have to be consistent. I say all the time don’t go to store without list. I need to do better, so maybe I’m on my wal along with you.
    Thanks for sharing.

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