It’s September, school has started again and we are all trying to get back into the grove of schedules and routines. That is not always easy these days with so many activities that our kids get involved in.
To keep us on time for events and our evenings running smoothly, I have to be on top of our meal preparation. I usually crash and burn if I try and just “wing” a meal and throw something together right before we eat.
To make your meal planning easier and a little more organized, I have a Free Printable Meal Plan for you today. This is three matching printables for all your meal planning needs including your Monthly Meal Plan calendar, a Weekly meal plan and your Grocery list to add items as you run out in the kitchen.
Meal Planning Made Easy
Here are some easy steps and tips to make your meal planning a little more organized and finish quickly.
Gather up everything that you need! Grab your Free Printable Meal Plan, highlighters, store flyers, calculator, markers and anything else that you need to get your Meal plan filled out quickly.
If you have your Shopping List printable hanging in the kitchen and update it as you run out of ingredients, this will make the meal planning and list making go smoother too.
If you have been doing the Pantry Challenge and Love Your Cub Contest that I started a couple weeks ago, this is a great time to check your cupboards for ingredients that you could use that maybe you have forgotten about.
Clip and Snip
Grab your store flyers and coupon inserts from the paper and clip the coupons that you are going to use. Remember with couponing, just because it’s a great deal, if you don’t use it then don’t buy it. I am just getting to that point with coupons.
A Week at a Time
After you have clipped your coupons and know what is on sale for the week, it’s time to plan your menu. I have two different options of printables for you. The Weekly and the Monthly Menu plan.
The weekly plan is really nice if you want to break down your planning into breakfast, lunch and dinner columns. If you have kids at home with you this may be the best option for Menu Planning. There is an area for each meal of the day.
You can also use this to keep track of what your kids will be eating for lunch at school or if they are taking cold lunch from home.
Plan Your Menu for the Month
If you are like me, you have meals that you make over and over while throwing in a few new ideas here and there. I like to sit down and plan out a months worth of meals and write them on our Monthly Menu Plan.
This free printable menu plan for the month is what I use. I have mine laminated so that I can reuse it over and over.
I typically only fill on the monthly meal plan because I am on my own at lunch time and breakfast is pretty easy to make on the fly if needed.
These are just a few tips on how to make your Meal Planning a little easier by staying organized and using our Free Printable Meal Plan.
What do you use? I would love to hear about all your meal planning ideas!
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