Hey guys! Do you do much meal planning at your house? I plan out our meals every single week. It helps me stay on budget, eat out less often and make sure we actually have food in the house. Today, I’ve got a free meal planning printable for you and I.
There was a time in my life, back before I had kids, that I never planned out meals. Never! I just kind of bought basic staples and would throw things together. It was also back before I became a bit more health conscious, so I didn’t care if I ate lots of Boboli pizzas and nachos for dinner. Do you remember those days? Anyone else?
Once I had kids and my oldest daughter was old enough to actually really need to eat, not baby food or easy kid food dinners, it became necessary to actually plan out meals. I don’t think I became super consistent with it until probably my second child came along. Then there just wasn’t the time or money to fool around with anymore. I made a command center a few years ago and I have stuck to consistent meal planning ever since. That command center is becoming a little dated looking to me. I totally have plans to re-do it next year and make it more my current style. We will see if I get to it.
Anyway, in the meantime, I decided to create a cute meal planning printable for you guys (well honestly, my fab friend and assistant makes them for me) and one that I hope to incorporate into my new command center next year…hopefully. 😉
I have a couple of different options for you depending on how you like to plan your meals. You can use one or both.
I only plan our lunches and dinners, which means I will use the bottom planner you can see. Our breakfast tends to be pretty standard and I know what to replenish for that in our fridge when the weekly shopping list is made. I plan lunches because I homeschool one of my daughters and the other needs lunches for school. If I put in on the plan, that will ensure I have the food and my children will get feed. Yay, mom! Yes, I may be a little crazy cheering for that, but seriously, mothering is tons of work, so why not cheer that I made a plan and my kids got feed? We need some cheering somewhere!
If you are always getting asked the question about what is for lunch or for dinner, this printable is the perfect solution for you. Just print it out on cardstock and laminate it. Then each day you can write, with a dry erase pen, what the plan is for that day. They may ask you a few times, but if you keep referring them to the chart on the fridge (or wherever you hang it), they will get it ….eventually. 😉
This planner can also be printed on cardstock and laminated. Then you can use dry erase pens to fill in the meals for the week and erase them as you eat them. Anything not erased at the end of the week can be added to the next week’s meal plan.
I’ve been trying something new with our family meals that has helped me put the sanity back into dinner time. I’m super excited to share that with you in my next post. I will also have a printable for my new method of dinner planning and cooking to go along with that post. Can’t wait to tell you all about it!
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