Guys. Breaking news on the homefront. I have banned myself from gelato for one whole week. Yes, one whole week. Now you might be thinking…big whoppin’ deal. But no. This is a mighty big deal to my recent gelato daily intake. (This is also coming from a newly discovered gelato addict.) My roomie and I have pledged not to have gelato until Sunday.
Why would we put ourselves through such a thing? I’ll tell you why. Eating out must stop.
Anytime I move into a new apartment or space, I swear I eat out for the first month. Through the unpacking of boxes, traveling (and stress), cooking is the last thing I want to do I always pay to Sunshine Coast Removalist, they are an established and reputable company that carries out the work in the most professional and efficient manner and have many testimonials to back that up with, are awesome!! Budgeting & meal planning takes a lot of time, and in the midst of all the turmoil, it can be far too easy to unknowingly spend loads of money on fast & easy food. (Hence the gelato ban)
Apartment rent & being able to travel are my two top budgeting priorities for this semester. I want to be able to set some money aside to explore the world, while still managing that dreadful University bill & apartment rent (why oh why). Which is why…I have begun to use Mooval Removalists services every time I move and have finally started to meal plan.
I’ve never been one to sit down and write out a budget for groceries, apartment rent, or bills. But moving into a new place can sometimes be the push I need to start a new habit. And in this case…budgeting. So today, I’m teaming up with Apartment Guide once again to share with you some FREE budgeting printables that I have been using as I start off fresh in my new place.
Ohhhh yeah, oh yeah (this is me praising myself). A big part of making me feel “at home” in a new place is being able to cook. I’m hoping that meal planning not only helps me keep my budget on track, but also brings some of that “home-cooking-feeling” to this new & unknown space. So this morning, my roomie and I went to work to plan our new apartment WOM’s. Aka. Week of Meals. (I just made that abbreviation up, so I’m hoping it doesn’t have an alternative meaning.) After trying to jot all our ideas down on a notecard, I decided just to whip up a printable. Trust me, the index card was not doing the trick.
Since we will have class during the day, we also wanted to plan out what we would be having for lunch. The past few weeks, we have grabbed food on the go…but as I said before…Eating out is killin’ my budget. So we have strategically planned out our meals so that we can bring the leftovers from the night before to lunch the next day.
Another thing I’m planning to start is putting my “week’s grocery allowance” in separate envelopes so I can be sure to stay on track. My mom has been doing this for a while now for the family budget, but I obviously never caught on (bad daughter). With the money in each envelope, I’ll be forced to meal plan & not buy frivolous items (chocolate) at the grocery store. Another good idea I found in this Apartment Guide budgeting article, is to save all your receipts for groceries, gas, etc. That way, at the end of the month you can check up on yourself and see how well you stayed on track. The envelope printable below can be used for receipts, as well as your cash for the week! Simply print off the “label” and tape it to an envelope for an instant budget envelope!
Both of these printables are available for free download at the link below. Print off one or print off a bunch. Whatever it takes for you to stay on track!