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vegetables-mckaysavageI hate running to the grocery store in the middle of the week. It’s both a waste of time and money. Every time we go to a store, we buy at least a couple of items not originally in the plan. So for the most part, I try to hit the stores just once a month and maybe once in between for milk and other perishable items.

Last year I decided to follow a few steps to be more organized and also save money in the process.

Two of those were to make a monthly grocery list and a weekly menu.

I have been following these two rules quite consistently for over a year and two templates have helped me tremendously in this:

Since I shop for groceries only once a month, I have to make sure I don’t forget something that might be over in a month’s time. So i rummaged through the entire kitchen and conjured a list of all the items that I had. This is my Master Grocery List. All I have to do is go over the list and check the items I need. My husband and I love it now and can’t go shopping without it. Over the year, I improved upon the list and added a few other items that I seemed to use. Feel free to download it. Since I’m Indian and I’m vegetarian, the list is customized for my needs. However, you can edit it according to your requirements and print it out.

Download the Master Grocery List

I love going to the Farmer’s market to buy vegetables. They are so fresh, plus there’s a lot of variety. Yes, they are less expensive too. Initially we had no idea of how much to buy and we’d end up wasting a few by the end of the week. Also, we would buy the same set of vegetables all the time. So I started pouring some time into making a menu for the entire week before buying the vegetables. That way, both my problems were solved. Even now, there’s a dramatic difference in the food we eat when there’s a menu and when there isn’t. I visit the farmer’s market about once every 15 days, so my weekly menu planner is good for two weeks.

Download the Weekly Menu

I’d love your feedback on these two lists. Do let me know if you find them useful and if you think any other items need to be added.

Happy Organizing!


Edit: I made a new list and a new blog to track this. You can find it here:

A hundred things to do and more

I love making lists and this one made me feel real happy because it gives a clear definition of how you want to spend your life and make the most out of it.

For those who are new to this concept, here is the gist:
The Mission:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on my part).

Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple goals such as New Year’s resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

Some common goal setting tips:
1. Be decisive. Know exactly what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it.

2. Stay Focussed. Any goal requires sustained focus from beginning to end. Constantly evaluate your progress.

3. Welcome Failure. Frequently, very little is learned from a venture that did not experience failure in some form. Failure presents the opportunity to learn and makes the success more worthy.

4. Write down your goals. It clarifies your thinking and reinforces your commitment.

5. Keep your goals in sight. Review them frequently, and ensure that they are always at the forefront of your thinking.

Here goes my list:

My future should have these:
1. Finish graduation
2. Get a job
3. Publish a paper
4. Get a driver’s license
5. Buy a house

I like to be a globe trotter:
6. Travel to New York

7. Go to Vermont
8. Visit Washington
9. Chicago
10. Las Vegas
11. Miami
12. Disneyland
13. Itlay/Europe
14. Niagara
15. San Fransisco
16. California
17. Portland

Life is about having new experiences:
18. Ride in a hot air balloon
19. Go sky diving
20. Go Snorkelling
21. Go to a Cirque Du Soleil show
22. Watch a movie in a drive-in theater
23. Go biking
24. Go hiking
25. Go horseriding
26. Go white water rafting
27. Watch 50 movies [4/50]
28. Read 25 books [0/25 ]
29. Join a bookclub
30. See the fall colors
31. Make a snowman
32. Decorate home for Christmas
33. Start a singing class for children
34. Organize an event
35. Keep a journal of all interesting experiences

Knowing is fun:
36. Learn Spanish
37. Learn to swim
38. Learn to dance in a disco
39. Learn to play decent golf
40. Learn to play decent tennis
41. Play the guitar, at least some basic songs
42. Solve a Rubik’s cube
43. Learn a 100 phrases/words which would improve your vocabulary [ 0/100 ]
44. Make a short animated cartoon
45. Build a radio
46. Sketch a landscape/portrait
47. Do an oil painting
48. Be good at Scrabble
49. Be good at Chess
50. Learn 10 super dishes to cook [10/10]
51. Know a 100 songs to sing [0/100]
52. Learn to tie a tie

Little things to show you care:
53. Volunteer 100 hours [8/100]
54. Donate 30,000 grains of rice on Freerice [3,000/30,000]
55. Have 10 best friends [4/10]
56. Take my parents to Niagara falls
57.
58. Collect thoughtful gifts for 50 people [0/50 ]
59. Know 10 stories to tell kids [0/10]
60. Do 100 little things to help people around you [0/100]
61. Water your little plants everyday
62. Contact one friend everyday

For you, my love:

63. Kiss him in the rain
64. Make him finish his exams
65. Do 100 romantic things that take him by surprise [0/100]
66. Make love 200 times [5/200]
67. Make a list of how to pamper him 20 ways

Be fit and you’ll be a hit:
68. Lose 5 pounds [5/5]
69. Lose 10 pounds [10/10]
70. Lose 15 pounds [13/15]
71. Lose 20 pounds [0/20]
72. Lose 25 pounds [0/25]
73. Walk 10,000 steps a day for 100 days [0/100]
74. Get your hand alright
75. Follow a healthy balanced diet for 15 days [0/15]

Look good and feel good:
76. Get 7 awesome uncommon outfits [4/7]
77. Try 5 different hairstyles [1/5]
78. Wear a bikini and a sarong and look good in it
79. Have great looking feet
80. Brush twice a day continuously for a month [0/30]
81. Use body lotion everyday continuously for a month [0/30]

An organized you is a better you:
82. Make a daily morning routine
83. Follow it for the next three months [0/100]
84. Make a daily 10 minute cleaning schedule
85. Do the laundry every Tuesday and Friday for the next 3 months [0/28]
86. Have a home for each item in the house

Money matters:
87. Save 3 months of salary in the bank [0%]
88. Have a zero balance on the credit card

89. Open an online savings account
90. Get a rewards credit card

Faith moves mountains:

91. Write 20,000 Sai Naamas [1080/20,000]
92. Spend 5 minutes praying wholeheartedly everyday
93. Include people you know in your prayers
94. Learn to thank god for all joys great and small

Don’t forget to have fun along the way:
95. Get our names on Eight Letter Word
96. Play 10 pranks on people [0/10]

List of 100:
97. 100 things you stand for [0/100]
98. 100 things that make you happy [0/100]
99. 100 things you like about yourself [0/100]

Finally:
100. Reward yourself with a $10 in the savings for each thing you complete on this list [0/1010]
101. Edit the list as you find necessary

blue = in progress
green = complete