Meal Planning Printable (FREE MENU SHEETS)

Meal Planning PRINTABLE

I remember when I first got into meal planning, making a food budget, and creating a menu how much it saved my sanity and time. I planned around what we had going on each day, so if we were going to be busy, I knew I wouldn’t have time to make a tedious meal.

I saved time because I knew exactly what I needed to purchase from the store in order to complete all of my meals. I went through my pantry before I made a grocery list, so I didn’t repeat any items. I knew what to lay out for dinner and didn’t have to rush around at the last minute trying to piece together a meal.

I also saved money because I didn’t buy items that were not going to be used, or have to make multiple trips to purchase items that I could create a meal with.

Over the years, I had sadly gotten out of the habit of meal planning. The good news is that I am slowly getting back into meal planning and finding my life is less hectic because of it. The craziest thing is that I ONLY plan my dinners. I created a few meal planning worksheets that I have been using and wanted to share them with you all.

This first one is a monthly layout with enough space to plan every meal if desired. There is a colored option or a black and white option. The links to download them are directly below the image.

monthly menu planner planning worksheet printable free meal planning

MENU Template (BW) | Monthly Menu Template (COLOR)

If you prefer a weekly option with enough space to create a shopping list, then I have created this version as well:

weekly printable menu plan meal planning free


One of the best things about meal planning is that you don’t have to stick with the original dates you choose. If you choose to mix them up, then that is fine!

Do you plan a weekly or monthly menu? 

22 thoughts on “Meal Planning Printable (FREE MENU SHEETS)

  1. The Gifted Gabber

    I agree that menu planning can really save a person’s sanity. By the time I get off work and pick up the girls and get home, the last thing I feel like doing is scrambling a game plan for dinner. I also got back into meal planning this last year, and I feel so much better each week! Thanks for sharing your planning sheets! — Amy

  2. Amanda Tempel

    This looks so convenient. I seriously need to print some of these out. I’ve been doing terrible about eating out lately, because I just feel like there’s nothing at home, and I know something like this would keep me much more organized.

  3. Elizaveta Hesketh

    Thank you for the printables! I am into meal planning too, and am always looking for some paper at home to make my lists. Now I can print the stack of these, and I am all set! Great idea to keep those plans nice and neat! Thank you so much!

  4. Joanne T Ferguson

    I always admire people who do weekly and monthly meal planning and actually stick to what they plan! I love these meal planning printables and think they will help me as I am frequently changing my mind what to have for what meal!

    1. LifeAsAConvert Post author

      The great thing about planning is that you don’t have to stick to it every single day. I’ve been known to switch things up and prepare a Monday meal on a Wednesday, or just blow the whole menu off and eat out or have leftovers. But with the menu, I know what I have in my house :)

  5. michele d

    This is a great idea. I do try to plan meals but not so often. I usually need a list for grocery shopping. I guess I need to start somewhere. :)

  6. CourtneyLynne

    omg what awesome printables!!! I’m all about meal planning since I’m list obsessed. I will have to print some of these out :)

  7. Ourfamilyworld

    I used to do meal planning before when I was still working. It saved me a lot of time and it feels great to know that my family has something to eat even if I was not at home.

  8. Chubskulit Rose

    Meal planning doesn’t work for me because I cook what my family memebers crave for the day. I must admit, I would love if I can plan our weekly meals!

  9. Rosey

    I used to meal plan. Lately I’ve been working off the cuff. Summer makes it so easy to go with the flow, doesn’t it?

  10. Bonnie @ wemake7

    This is so great! I can really use this with my busy life. Thank you so much for sharing.

  11. Lisa @bitesforbabies

    I love to cook and I make homemade meals every night…I think the key to making meals for the family is organization and planning! A meal planner would definitely come in handy!

  12. Donna Ward

    Thank you, Courtney – I’ll print this up for my hubby – he is having fun with cooking ideas for us both – I used to do weekly menu and shopping list from that when I was a professional cook for hundreds of guests – so I know it works well

  13. John Lopez

    My wife would love it, this is really fantastic and we won’t ever thinking to what is our meal for today. This could be help.

  14. Lisa Bristol

    I used to meal plan when my kids were little. It is a great time saver for families. Now that my kids are out on there own i do not need to plan anymore. I can just make what i want.

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