Yesterday was Sunday which means meal planning and grocery shopping for the week. Some meal planners do two weeks at a time, we keep it very simple and do it for a week to ten days. This week we did a week.
I just wanted to share my list and how very informal is it. You wouldn’t believe how scary meal planning is to some people, so I thought showing them my list with misspelled words and poor hand writing would help them see how easy it really is. You don’t have to sit down at a computer and spend hours planning the week. I don’t have time for that and you probably don’t either.
So here’s what I do…
Sometime on Sunday afternoon, I make a list of what sounds good to eat for the week. I usually keep these sheets I write these up on so I always have ideas and we basically just rotate. I only plan dinners because lunches always consist of leftovers or sandwiches. We keep it simple.
I make a list. I take my list to my pantry, fridge and freezer and anything I don’t have I put it on the list. If for someone reason I see I am missing a lot of ingredients, but see I have a ton more for another recipe, I will switch out that day on my list for one I already have ingredients for. This really helps cut down on cost.
Then I match my coupons. I look through my list, look through my coupons and find where I can save money.
I send my husband to shop. We always save money when he shops because he only buys what’s on the list.
Put the list on your fridge. This way we always know what’s for dinner that night and it helps us be able to see what we can change easily if a certain meal didn’t sound good that night.
How do you plan your meals?
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