Meal Planning Game Plan

Meal Planning Game Plan


Two of my goals in the new year are to be more organized and to get better control of my finances. With those goals in mind, I decided I am going to start meal planning. When I was a kid, my mom meal planned a month at a time… so I thought, “what the heck.”

Yesterday, I sat down and made a list of everything that we eat in our family… with a beef allergy and a couple picky eaters our list is fairly short. After I made my list, I wrote it out on an unlined piece of paper and laminated it using clear contact paper.

Next, I used unlined index cards cut down, hole punched them, and then wrote every meal that was on this list (outside of the sides). Then, I went through and wrote down everything that we need to make each meal (chicken, oil, spices, etc.). Our family of 4 are small eaters, so planning out the meals is pretty easy. For instance, I know that if we are making fried chicken my husband eats two breasts, my son, daughter, and I split the other two… and generally they don’t eat all they are given. Once my listing was done, I put it all together on a ring and then sat with my calendar and started planning.

After I had all of my meals planned for the month, I started my grocery list. My plan is to go shopping on Friday to get the supplies for two weeks worth of meals. Then, in two weeks I will get the supplies for the remainder of the month. I will add into my groceries breakfast foods and my salads for lunch.

My hope is that having this meal plan, and shopping in advance, I can save both time and money, not have the same 4 or 5 meals over and over, and save my sanity a bit.

Do you meal plan? What’s your favorite method? Share it with us here. 



One Comment Add yours

  1. Michele says:

    I love this! Thank you for inspiring me. I will be getting a late start on the organization thing this year but I will get there!


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