(I got the joke originally from the tv show Weeds, where the brain is a customer database, but I also realized that Penny had a dog named Brain in Inspector Gadget as well!) Below is a picture of “The Brain.”
My little blurb has gotten a bit of attention in a few personal finance groups so I thought I would write a more formal post on it and explain our system.
Penny (who I affectionately call P because it coincides with her real and nickname and is a lazy form of writing partner for me) has started this system and I thought it was worth sharing.
To start with, P spends roughly 2 hours a day skimming through budget and quick meal recipe books in preparation of meal planning for the week. She then goes through local ads of papers we get in the mail and between the two creates a weekly meal plan based on the sales and recipes we might like.
She then goes to “The Brain” and sorts through the ingredients we need and puts them on our generic list on the far left (plain board) or the store specific lists (bottom right dry erase labels) depending on which store has the it the cheapest or on the generic list if the item is generally the same cost at every store.
The Darth Vader (middle dry erase) board has a list of upcoming appointments and errands (easy place to look since we eat everyday).
On the weekly menu (top right) we have the list of meals and which day we plan to eat them, although depending on the week, most recipes are interchangeable depending on plans and scheduling.
Overall the system costs less than or about $8 (plus recipe books). The two dry erase boards were about $3 each and the weekly menu and dry erase labels (5 or so in a pack) each cost a dollar at Dollar Tree.
And yes, P and I share a sense of potty humor and call chicken breasts “Chicken boobs.” If Paula Pant can pull a “that’s what she said joke” off, I can say chicken boobs.
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