Do you love the idea of saving money by meal planning but every time you try, you get frustrated and it feels like you can never stick to the plan. Menu planning and shopping with a list makes a huge difference in saving and keeping a budget. You don’t have to clip coupons or anything like that. Just have a general weekly plan and go off that. Keep is simple! I’m not by any means perfected meal planning myself, but I have found a few things lat I’ve found very helpful. For instance… It’s okay to have the meal you planed on Tuesday and eat it on Friday. If that’s what works best for your week, go for it! The whole reason for meal planning is making sure you have the ingredients you need for that week and helping you not buy to much. Planning your meals is suppose to be helpful, not stressful.
Step-by-Step Instructions for Meal Planning
- Grab a meal planning sheet with the days of the week on it. Click Here for this free printable
- Look at your weekly schedule. What’s going on this week? Do you have to work late, do you have plans for dinner with friends, or a party? Many times there might be a day or two when you know you don’t need to cook.
- Put breakfast and lunches on hold Write down 2 or 3 options for breakfast and lunch (bagels, eggs or cereal for breakfast, leftovers or sandwiches for lunch). Plan mostly for dinners.
- Choose easy dinners (check out the list of meal ides from our family).
- Make a shopping list, add the items that you will need to create those meals. I usually make my list a few days before I go shopping so I don’t have to rush.
- Try to make sure that meals that need fresh ingredients are being eaten in the beginning of the week.
Our Family’s Favorite Meals
- Eggs, toast and OJ
- Baked Oatmeal
- Pancakes and fruit
- Granola and yogurt
- Popcorn Chicken
- Ham sandwich
- Thai Chicken Wraps
- Hamburgers & Hot dogs
- Shepherds Pie
- Oven fried chicken
- Homemade Pizza
- Sloppy Joe’s
- Country stuffed chicken
- Stir Fry and Rice
- BBQ Chicken
- Chefs Salad
- Summer Chicken Salad
Meal planning looks different for everyone, just do what works for you. Keeping it simple and being flexible is what I’ve learned works best for me. Enjoy the meal ides and have fun planing your menu.
Here is a FREE printable. Enjoy! Click Here to download