Cooking your dinner at home is a surefire way to save money. You can increase the chances you'll actually do it after a long day of work if you set your table before you head out.
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You've probably planned to cook dinner at home countless times, only to be foiled by your lack of energy or absent-mindedness. Kelli Dunn Foster at The Kitchn suggests that setting your table in the morning helps solidify in your mind that you'll be cooking dinner:
As you set the table, think through your expectations for that night's meal. After a busy and hectic day, the last thing you'll probably want to do when you get home is to start making a dinner that requires a lot of prep and time at the stove. If you know that's the kind of day that's in store for you, plan dinner accordingly.
Not only does it check off one of the things on your dinner to-do list, but it also forces you to think ahead. You'll be able to decide the meal you want head of time and grab things from the grocery store on the way home if you're missing something. Of course, if you have cats or something this may not be ideal. You can find more tips to encourage home cooking at the link below.