I shared the meal planning steps that have been working for my family but I don’t even pretend to have all the answers. I do however love to collect ideas! I hope these will be a jump start towards finding a meal plan technique that works for you. These are just a few of the ideas out there; so thank to all of those awe-inspiring folks sharing what’s working for them!
Since I divided my own meal planning into steps (you can check out my meal plan here), I am organizing these found ideas beneath those same steps.
1. Check your Calendar
Don’t waste time pondering what to cook; incorporate Theme days described by Aimée Wimbush-Bourqueon Simple Bites. Theme days as a part of your schedule makes everyday a tiny party! This idea is similar to assigning each day its own type of entrée, but it takes it to a new level.
2.Take Stock of your Pantry
Use this simple pantry listfrom $5 dinners and you will always know what you have on hand. Also if you sign up with $5 Dinners, Erin offers her meal plan every Sunday night in your email inbox complete with the recipes and grocery list. It definitely simplifies menu planning! Hop on over to her site to find some other great printables like this one.
3. Plan around the Sales
Find every imaginable store deal by checking out becentable’s comprehensive list of money saving blogs.
If you are new to couponing, Saving and Givinghas a straightforward couponing tutorial.
4. Collect Meal Ideas
5. Write the Plan
You can find a plan to fit your style.
For the Techie-
Simple Bites shares how to plan your meals on Gmailas well as other ways to store your recipes online.
One of a kind menu planners from Ollibird.com.
Try these crafty meal boards:
Fridge meal planner template– from Home Made Simple
Meal Plan Wipe off Boardfrom Organized Thoughts
Menu Boardfrom Paisley Passions
Menu Organizer and Recipe Holder from Crafts and Sutch
Still feel too busy to plan your weekly meals? Organizing junkie compiled a vast list of Meal Planning Helpers that you can subscribe to for a small fee and get the meal planning done for you.
Feel like you got this under control? Try cooking only once a month at Once a Month Mom.
Have you found the perfect fit when it comes to planning the meals for your family? Share away!
grocery cart image by Mike Licht