Meal planning has been the most effective way for us to save money, eat healthier, and minimize the leftovers we throw out. For me personally, there is nothing more painful than throwing out food, it’s like throwing money in the garbage.
The meal planner printable that I had created included breakfast, lunch, and dinner. However, I found myself only filling out dinner section because breakfast and lunch were relatively the same everyday. Plus our kids eat lunch at school, so there’s not much planning that goes on there. The same with breakfast, it’s pretty basic.
When I see a printable that is being used and there is more white space than ink on there, I know it’s time for a makeover. That’s what happened with the meal planning printable. The categories of breakfast, lunch, and dinner needed to be eliminated because they weren’t always being used. Saturday and Sunday were always up in the air and sometimes filled out and sometimes not.
After I knew what need to be changed, I set out to redesign the printable. I kept the days of the week vertical and only had Monday-Friday listed. The blank line allows you to write in the date and also have notes below it. For example, our daughter goes to gymnastics once a week at 5:30pm, I notate it on the day of the week she goes so when we plan for dinner that night, we plan for something easy, like a frozen meal or leftovers.
Next to the days of the week is where the meal plan has changed to an image versus text. This way you are not forced to write out breakfast, lunch, and dinner but you have the option to it you want. In our case, we now just use it for dinner planning. After that column, comes the weekend. The weekend has enough space and planning for the entire weekend. Moving it over to the right, feels like the week has been completed and the weekend is off to a fresh start. I don’t know why but it does.
Below the weekend plan, is a section for notes. This can be used for a variety of things. Ingredients needed for a meal, visitors that you might have coming, ideas for next weeks plan, etc.
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