Organization & Cleaning, Printable, Time Management

Printable Menu Planner

Plan your meals for the week ahead with this cute printable menu planner. It has plenty of space for writing in breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Plus, this cute chalkboard-style design doesn’t use much ink to print.

Printable Menu Planner | One Mama's Daily Drama for Busy Mom's Helper

For many families, the biggest chunk of their budget goes to groceries. It also happens to be one of the areas where people say they have the hardest time getting organized.

It also happens to be a subject that I’m very passionate about! I’ve been planning what my family eats for years and I would say that this is the best way I have found to save money, eat mostly healthy, and avoid scrambling to find something to cook every evening.

When you plan out a week’s worth of meals, you can add everything you need to a shopping list and avoid running to the store for something. We all know what happens then – you add a few extras during that second trip. Before you know it, you’ve spent twice your grocery budget.

(I have lots of experience in this area…)

Mostly, it just takes practice. Trial and error. Even if you don’t stick to a menu plan 100 percent, making one will keep you on the right track.

It doesn’t hurt to have something cute to organize it either, so I made this printable menu planner.

Printable Menu Planner | One Mama's Daily Drama for Busy Mom's Helper

Sometimes simple is best.

This one has the seven days of the week and space to write in breakfast, lunch, and dinner for each one of them.

I’ll confess that I don’t always plan out breakfast and lunch as thoroughly as I do dinner. Sometimes my kids will eat cereal and peanut butter sandwiches for a week.

By writing it all out, I can do a better job of at least throwing in some different fruit each day.

Plus, I can put this up on the refrigerator and the kids won’t spend all day asking me what’s for dinner.

Printable Menu Planner | One Mama's Daily Drama for Busy Mom's Helper

To download your printable menu planner, click HERE.

Printable Menu Planner | One Mama's Daily Drama for Busy Mom's Helper

If you need help getting started, check out these posts:

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What’s your biggest challenge when it comes to planning meals?

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Keri is a freelance writer and blogger from Texas. She is a married mom of two and a big geek. On her blog, One Mama's Daily Drama, she shares crafts, recipes, printables, and ideas that help parents navigate the chaos of family life, one day at a time.

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