What’s On Your Grocery List?

By Seattle Soccer Mom

Comments on a Totebag post made me wonder how we all handle meal planning, grocery shopping and what types of items are usually on the grocery list.

Every weekend, I plan what we’ll eat for dinners for the week and do a weekly grocery shop.  I usually plan on cooking 4-5 nights a week and then we have leftovers/fend for your self or go out/order delivery the other nights. I cook 3 times a week; DH cooks once a week; and in the summer, the kids cook once a week.  We all eat breakfast at home (I scramble eggs, put them in a thermos, and then eat them at work).  DS brings a lunch to school; DH buys his lunch; and I pick up salads from the grocery deli that I bring to work.

Standbys on our list include fresh fruit (blueberries, bananas, apples), fresh veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, spinach), milk, eggs, cheese, meat/fish, ice cream, cookies, chocolate, wine, ravioli, macaroni and cheese, frozen pizza, cereal, bagels, bread. I’m sure I’ve forgotten things.

How do you handle meal planning and grocery shopping? Who does the cooking in your household?

Tuesday open thread

Open thread all day.

Upcoming topics:

Wednesday  —  What’s On Your Grocery List?   (Seattle Soccer Mom)
Thursday  —  Open thread
Friday  —  Back in the day   (July)
Sunday —  Politics open thread

Effective learning

by Rocky Mountain Stepmom

How Can We Convince Students That Easier Doesn’t Always Mean Better?

The problem is: Effective learning requires a lot of hard work, and students — much like all humans — prefer things to be easy.

One learning principle that takes more effort but has been demonstrated to produce lasting results is “interleaving” — the practice of studying subjects in a mixed, recursive order, as opposed to “blocked” (or “massed”) learning in which students study one topic at a time in depth before moving on to the next.

Say you have to learn three new concepts: A, B, and C. In blocked learning, you focus first on concept A until you feel you have it mastered. Then you do the same for concepts B and C. With interleaving, you study concept A for a while, but then move to concept B before you’re completely ready. You return to A, and then maybe try C for a while.

There’s lots more in the article below.

How Can We Convince Students That Easier Doesn’t Always Mean Better?

Chronic illness

by July

A chronic illness can affect your life in many ways.

It’s hard to be a good employee when you need extended time off. It’s hard to be a good friend when you cancel plans last minute. It’s hard to be a good partner or parent when you barely have the energy to get out of bed. No matter how much you try to explain, people expect you to get better already — and when you don’t, they resent you, consciously or not. Some relationships end entirely, casualties of an unfair and misunderstood illness, while others get stronger as you find your true support system.

But most of all, your relationship with yourself changes. You grieve a version of yourself that doesn’t exist anymore, and a future version that looks different than you’d planned.

You might have to give up career goals, hobbies and family plans, learning a “new normal” in their place. “In trauma therapy we call this ‘integration,’ the task of integrating a new reality into one’s life and worldview,” Mr. Lundquist said. “This emotional work can look a lot like grief therapy for a passing loved one.” Try to be patient as you get to know the new version of yourself.

Side effects from the ongoing treatment for a chronic illness can be a source of constant worry. The financial burden may affect your sense security and overall quality of life. It’s easy to start feeling helpless and overly dependent on others.

Any thoughts or advice?

Food and grocery delivery services

by Louise

Discuss food and grocery delivery services, meal kits, personal chef – any trends you see towards convenience in food. I think we like the idea of home cooked meals but actually cooking everyday…that’s another story.

Consumers Love Food Delivery. Restaurants and Grocers Hate It.
Fresh food sellers can’t afford to ignore the consumer demand, even though most orders lose money

‘I’m Addicted’; Why Food-Delivery Companies Want to Create Superusers
DoorDash, Instacart and others want to turn casual customers driven by discounts into repeat users who rely on their services regularly

Coolest towns

by North of Boston

The 25 coolest towns in America: 2018

One of the local Chambers of Commerce in my area has been heavily promoting this article, since a north-of-Boston town (Newburyport, MA, which is actually a city) was named in the article as one of the “25 Coolest Towns in America.” I enjoyed looking at this list, and it has given me some ideas for future vacations. Totebaggers, weigh in on this list. If you know any of these towns, are they as cool as advertised, or not? Do you have other favorite towns that should have been on this list?

Behavioral economics

by Denver Dad

In a previous discussion, I talked about why I decided against joining a gym to play racquetball. The gist of it was that the cost was $28 a month, it’s a half-hour away, and I figured realistically I would go twice a month at most. So I decided not to join given the distance and the limited use (and some annoyance about the actual fee structure).

I thought this was a great example of behavioral economics. From a purely economic standpoint, $14 for a session of racquetball is pretty reasonable. When you compare it to some of the other things I spend money on, it’s actually pretty cheap. We go out to dinner a few times a month and that’s $75 or whatever each time, and I have no problem with that. When we go to the movies, it’s $40 for the four of us, not that we go that often. But from a psychological standpoint, the gym felt like too much money for some reason.

What are the things people don’t spend on even though they aren’t much money, and what are the things that you splurge on that probably don’t make economic sense?

Read the fine print

by Rhode

When Not Reading The Fine Print Can Cost Your Soul

This made me laugh out loud today. What’s some of the weirdest fine print you’ve encountered? have you started looking for these “easter” eggs?

Until this year, my company had a clause that said any content developed by my company did not necessarily reflect the opinions of my company. Which prompted me to ask “if we don’t stand behind what we write, who does? And, what does this mean if we try to publish anything?”

It was a moment of “mom washes the dishes before she puts them in the dishwasher. What does the dishwasher do?”

Optimum amount of leisure time

by WCE

This article talks about how having an appropriate amount of leisure is conducive to happiness, and either too much or too little makes people less happy. When others on this blog recall their busy days with young children, it gives me perspective that my current busy season will not last forever and I should make choices (and spend money!) to make this season easier when I can.

Are you happy with the amount of leisure you have? Do you agree with the observations in the article?

How Much Leisure Time Do the Happiest People Have?
Too little, and people tend to get stressed. Too much, and people tend to feel idle.

Thursday open thread

We have an open thread all day.

As always, if you don’t care to discuss this starter topic feel free to ignore it.  It’s been discussed a few times before.

From elementary school through college, girls are more disciplinedabout their schoolwork than boys; they study harder and get better grades. Girls consistently outperform boys academically. And yet, men nonetheless hold a staggering 95 percent of the top positions in the largest public companies.

What if those same habits that propel girls to the top of their class — their hyper-conscientiousness about schoolwork — also hold them back in the work force?

When investigating what deters professional advancement for women, the journalists Katty Kay and Claire Shipman found that a shortage of competence is less likely to be an obstacle than a shortage of confidence. When it comes to work-related confidence, they found men are far ahead. “Underqualified and underprepared men don’t think twice about leaning in,” they wrote. “Overqualified and overprepared, too many women still hold back. Women feel confident only when they are perfect.”

As a psychologist who works with teenagers, I hear this concern often from the parents of many of my patients. They routinely remark that their sons do just enough to keep the adults off their backs, while their daughters relentlessly grind, determined to leave no room for error. The girls don’t stop until they’ve polished each assignment to a high shine and rewritten their notes with color-coded precision.

Tuesday open thread

We have an open thread all day.

Here’s something to kick off our conversation.

Forget about income or net worth, this may be the most definitive measure of middle-class status.  Take the quiz to find out if you qualify!

If You Have 17/38 Of These Items In Your Fridge, You’re Definitely Middle-Class
It’s the only way to know for sure.

Upcoming topics:

Wednesday  —  Solving crimes  (Rhode)
Thursday  —  Open thread
Friday  —  Optimum amount of leisure time  (WCE)
Sunday —  Politics open thread


by Denver Dad

In a previous discussion about cars, Lark said she is an over-researcher. So it got me thinking about the things I over-research. The big one is travel. I spend way too much time trying to get the best flight times, find the best places to stay in the perfect location for the best price, etc. I probably over-research other things as well, but not nearly to this extent.

So what are the things that you research to death? And what are the things that you research very little or not at all?

Politics open thread, March 3-9

A new political discussion starts today.

From WCE:

I often think that no political label fits me- pragmatist doesn’t seem to be one of the choices. I enjoyed this article on Amazon’s withdrawal from New York City. It discusses the need for progressives to embrace economic development. My favorite quote is, “Progressives need to talk about jobs and economic development; we can’t just operate on the assumption that this is a rich nation with ample resources that simply need redistribution.”

Since the West Coast has high housing prices in part due to the long-term consequences of the anti-growth initiatives of the 1970’s, the argument applies here too.

Progressives Risk Killing More Than the Amazon Deal