How A Food Delivery Service Made My Marriage Great Again
My husband and I used to have a meal calendar each week. On Sundays, we would discuss our dinner preferences for each day and then head to the grocery store to buy ingredients for the week. Our plan was to cook Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, eat leftovers on Thursday and go out to eat (or order takeout) on Friday. The weekend was filled with leftovers or pizza and wings while we caught up on our favorite sports.
That worked for a few months, but our efforts got lost in the shuffle with the arrival of our new baby and our move across state lines. In order to get control of our monthly budget and decrease the amount of money that we spent on food, we decided to try a food delivery service.
Although I had seen the television commercials and Internet ads pop up, I was never interested in giving food services like Blue Apron and Hello Fresh a try. Why would I pay for someone to send ingredients and recipes when I can buy them myself and search for recipes online? Ironically, though, about one month ago, my best friend told me that she and her husband had been using a delivery service for over a year and loved it. It had made cooking so much easier and a lot more fun for them. With her rave reviews in mind, I opted to give it a try. And although we only started using such services a few weeks ago, having our groceries and meal ideas delivered to us helped ease a lot of stress over what to eat and how to make it. A shipment of four meals arrives at our doorstep each Friday and we start cooking a day or two later.
Aside from it introducing us to various herbs and offering an array of diverse cuisine options, it’s also actually been great for my marriage.
It’s no secret that cooking is cheaper than constantly eating out, so this delivery service has definitely allowed us to become more economical.
During our past, what I like to call financial meetings, food was always one of the line items that was over our proposed monthly budget. We always talked about how much we spent on food, to which we would both give puzzled looks and keep it moving, with no solution in sight. My husband and I would often use our busy lives with two small kids and respective careers as excuses for not cooking more.
Unfortunately, overspending on that one line item often blew our whole budget, preventing us from spending money on other desired items. And since overspending can add stress to a marriage, finding this food alternative was a great benefit. Additionally, time has been saved when it comes to the decision-making process. On nights when my husband and I used to order food, it would take about 25 to 30 minutes for us to decide. Therefore, when we would actually eat, we were looking at 9:30 p.m. or 10:00 p.m. — way too late to be ingesting and trying to digest food.
Now, we eat much earlier, healthier, and the decision on what to eat has been made for us.
Instead of wasting time trying to figure out what we will eat for the evening, we spend our nights cooking (on the days that we choose) and enjoying each other’s company. Even though it’s merely cooking a meal, we find ourselves engaged in the moment and in each other. Our conversations are more focused, with no cell phones or televisions in the way since we’re actively cooking (even when just one of us is doing the cooking).
But even if doesn’t surround food, I would recommend that you create something new that the two of you can bond over. It can be fun and different all while strengthening your marriage.