FREE Monthly Meal Planner!
Have you ever thought of meal planning – and thought “boy, would that make life easier!”? Always having the right ingredients on hand and knowing well ahead of time what you’ll have for dinner?
No more jumping up and realizing you forgot to defrost anything for dinner, no more staring at the pantry trying to decide what to make tonight – and then ordering in.
However, for me, I have great intentions, but, sometimes the follow through leaves a bit to be desired. I would be intimidated by the task or skills of the people doing meal plans and then decide it was too hard for me. Or I was sure I would decide I wasn’t in the mood for whatever was on the menu for that day.
But, just as I have always said about how I lost the weight – find what works for you so that you can keep doing it and not give up.
Meal planning and budgeting go hand in hand, so, you might like to get your FREE printable Monthly Budget Worksheet to help you with your family’s budget.
Who knows your family and what they will eat better than you? Who knows your grocery budget better than you and how to merge the two? Now you can meal plan on a budget! PLUS, how can you beat the fact that you can get this meal planner FREE?
I made you a FREE printable Monthly Meal Planner <—– Click here to get started.
You can use this FREE meal planner printable to organize your meals and never have to wonder yourself what’s for dinner! lol
If you don’t use themed meals or nights – you might want to add some in. Here are some meal plan ideas:
1. Meatless Monday
2. Children’s Favorite
4. Dad’s Favorite
5. Mom’s Favorite
6. Homemade Pizza
8. Taco Tuesday
Shop your pantry, stockpile, and freezer to see what you have already. Then write down the major ingredients you have on hand.
Pick recipes from those items and place them in your slots. If you have many things and just can’t see how to make a meal out of them, just go to allrecipes.com and type in what you have and see what recipes comes up.
Note: It’s okay to need one or two things to complete a recipe – but not five or six. The goal is to shop from your stockpile – the place where you bought everything at rock-bottom prices.
Now you’re ready to make your shopping list of the ingredients you need to purchase. Watch circular/sales/etc. for these items and buy on sale (and with coupons), if possible.
Place your Monthly Meal Planner in a highly visible place so everyone in the family will see it. You can also use it for a meal plan for a week, at a time, if that is more convenient for you. This meal plan template is super easy to use and customizable to fit your family’s needs.
You can interchange different recipes for different days. If breakfast for dinner is on Week 3 – but you’ve had a busy week and want to move it to Week 2 – do it. If you want to cook like a banshee for five days and take the last two off – do it.
Discipline yourself to only buy “rock-bottom” priced items for the rest of the month because you don’t “need” to buy anything.
Remember, you have a meal plan in place – enjoy the peace of mind and less hectic 5:00 scramble because you now have a plan.
The big BUT here is that you have to do it if you want to take hold of your grocery money and spend it more wisely and save your sanity in the evenings. 🙂
Let us know your favorite way of organizing meals for your family in the comments below.