“Banking Time: 5 How-Tos” proposed a few ways to bank time. Here are a few suggestions as to when to do it:
1 – Post-Groceries
Everything is out already so wash and prep at least some of your ingredients for the week before putting them away.
2 – TV Dinners
Most of our dinners are eaten around the dining table and it is such a great way to come together at the end of the day. Every now and then when I feel like I need to catch up or am faced with a particularly hectic week, I find it very helpful to give my kids a “TV Dinner”. I make something very quick and simple for them (usually eggs or leftovers with fruits and veg on the side), set them up at the kitchen counter, and put on a favourite cartoon. I do as much as I can in the hour while they eat, watch, and chat to me in between. This gives me the time to do some advance prep and they find it fun.
3 – Garbage Day’s Eve
The night before garbage pick-up is a good time to:
- clear out your fridge of anything that has gone off or cannot be salvaged;
- add any items that you are running out of to your grocery list;
- adjust your meals in the coming days to finish up any bits and pieces that can’t be preserved (pizza is great way to do this); and
- prep any items, that you don’t plan on using up that week, to be frozen and eaten in future
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