- 2 months ago
- Wedding: May 2019
Everyone else has good tips which you should do but I think one other possible strategy is to come up with some “dirtbag meals” that you can enjoy sometimes. Not every dinner needs to be a main with 2 sides that you chopped from scratch to still be cheaper than eating out.
We have a few things like this- things that really don’t require cooking, just preparation. Think dips like hummus and veggies, or refried beans, salsa and sour cream with chips. Take all our cheese scraps and random other stuff and do a cheeseboard with olives and grapes and whatnot. Frozen complete meals: individual little pot pies/lasagna whatever.
If you want to make that feel fancier and like you’re doing an nice thing together you can put it all on nice plates and sit at a nicely set table with no tv/phones. Thats a thing my parents did, our family ate dinner together without TV and watched TV after dinner was all cleaned up. Often the dinner was not fancy at all, but the pause in the day is a good time to find some balance with each other.
Also if your husband is a meat eater and you are a vegetarian you should come up with a lot of simple options that you can just add meat to- pasta sauce where he can fry up a sausage, baked potatoes where he can do some bacon as a garnish, that kind of thing. I would not feel obliged to go out of my way to load my spouse up with meat options when I’m cooking. He presumably has lunch and breakfast to get his meat fix as well.