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  • And another ☝🏾. My precious babies. How did Harper grow up so fast! She looks 6! Slow down baby! #pictureday
  • TBT The outfit that started my love affair with @suakokobetty. This was 7 years ago! On Saturday I’ll be chatting momprenuership with Suakoko Betty owner @iamcharlenedunbar at the @craftsavvymarket. Event is free! Plus you can shop @supermomculture and 25 other handmade vendors. Time flies! I’m still desperately trying to fit back in it! My goal for 2020!
  • Fall school pics are in and Peyton made mama proud! Low key annoyed they cut off her beautiful puff. It’s good to see all my hard work taking pics for the blog have paid off in these school pics. picture day hack: stick to a tried and true hair style. I tried something diff once and Peyton looked like Kid from Kid n Play. I didn’t even order any. Don’t do it!
  • Getting ready for our first vendor sale at @craftsavvymarket in Atlanta this Saturday! I’ll have hoodies, tees, bags and a few new items 😆. Special discount st the event. Plus your girl will be sharing her story about her entrepreneurial journey!  Event is free! RSVP to enter to win $50! Follow @craftsavvymarket for details! PS. I lost my GAP folding skills. Judge your supermama 😂
  • Me busting into 2020! Amazing day at @cantuxcurlboxmasterclass19! So many gems from @myleik @meccagamble @thefinancebar @theamonyee today! These ladies didn’t come to play. Real talk from start to finish. I’ll share my takeaways on my stories later but @cantubeauty commitment to insuring we take action and holding us accountable is what I needed.  Time is up for going to events and not taking action.  I’m ready! 📷 @daynabolden. Hat from #targetstyle Jeans #fashionova
  • Some weekend project inspiration! Cleaned out my kitchen cabinets to get ready for the holidays.  Details on blog https://heytrina.com/kitchen-cabinet-drawer-organization/
  • We’re taking neon right into winter! I saw @funmiford with this coat on a few weeks ago and ordered it the next day.  Wouldn’t you know, it matches my @supermomculture hoodie perfectly! Consider this my winter uniform. Details and links are on the blog heytrina.com. Link to hoodie in my profile. 📷 @kaynjames
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Me: Let me clean out all my kitchen cabinets along with everything else going on 😆. I actually enjoy decluttering (my spaces, not others). Swipe ->. My mind feels at peace when spaces are clean and organized.  Ever since @pinchofhelp did my master bathroom, I’ve been on a mission.  I’m not good like her but I stalk her IG daily for all her tips and before & afters.  My kitchen is (almost) ready for Thanksgiving! Please send positive vibes on the rest of the projects we have going on 🙏🏿. Details on the blog. Link in profile #heytrinashome #babyshopahome
  • Doing a mini extreme home makeover just in time for the holidays! Shout out to Mr for speaking my love language and getting ish done in the house (wife porn as @snackswithjack calls it 😆). This past wknd he knocked out our 20ft foyer and hung my new chandelier! It was like watching the Berlin Wall come down 🙌🏾. Also thankful that we didn’t have any incidents on this scaffold 😓. I was so happy when they picked it up cuz my nerves were so bad. We still have a lot more to do but we’re chipping away.  Make sure you watch my stories for updates.
  • Peyton as Cecilia from Decendants. Instead of a wig I used a clip in ponytail.  I may use it in the future for myself if I’m feeling feisty. She went to school as Run DMC because she was unsure if they could dress up or not.  Can your kids dress up at school?
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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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