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