Did you say you have no idea?
It’s 5 o’clock and you have growing kids, a hungry husband and of course, yourself all wanting something to fill that rumbly tumbly as a beloved children’s story character would say.
Everyday you say that you’re going to make a menu plan and be done with the stress of thinking about what’s for supper each day.
Let’s sweeten the idea a little more to you. Would you like to save money? Planning your menu is a big money saver, most people report.
- Saves you money
- Saves you stress
All you have to pay upfront is a little time and then that same time will be saved later when you don’t have to wonder what you are going to make for supper!
After getting the refrigerator all cleaned and emptied out of everything that is not usable (no longer edible 🙂 ), we are ready to shop for more delicious food items. But let’s have a menu plan before we do that, okay?
What Kind of a Planner are You?
There are several different ways you can go about planning your menu’s.
There’s the weekly, bi-weekly and monthly plan.
With the weekly plan, you plan out all your meals for one week and grocery shop one time.
With the bi-weekly plan, you essentially do the same but you may or may not need to run to the store the second week for fresh vegetables.
With the monthly plan, you go to the grocery store 1 time per week or you can stretch it to only going 2 times in that month.
What Meals Do I Want to Prepare?
The big question! When you’re looking at an empty menu planner, it can feel a little overwhelming. Sometimes you just need a place to start. Here are 2 ways you can approach it.
- Keep track of what meals you eat for 2 weeks or a month. More than likely, they are meals you tend to repeat over and over. Let those meals make up your next menu.
- Have a theme for each day, e.g.,
Monday – Crock Pot
Tuesday – Italian
Wednesday – 30 minute meal
Thursday – Mexican
Friday – Dish using hamburger
Saturday – Left-overs
To plan your meals, look through your cookbooks and research online. Most all food sites have searches where you can type in Mexican, hamburger, etc., and all recipes with that criteria will show up. Many of them even have recipe boxes where you can add the recipe you want to make for later reference. Springpad, Delicious are all good options for keeping track of your favorite recipes and those you want to try.
Here are my colorful menu planners that I made just for you. There are two different types – the monthly and the weekly planner. When you click on the link it will take you to the menus.
A meal plan is just a guideline. If you feel like having Thursday’s meal on Monday then by all means feel free. It doesn’t really matter. The point is to know what you’re having in the morning so that you can remove any frozen items needed and save yourself the stress of thinking about it all day. You save money because you’re not just buying whatever meets your fancy at the grocery store and you actually eat what’s in your refrigerator.