{Meal Plan Anyone?}


One of the goals here at the {Collazo} family household is creating a {Meal Plan}. Some people think this is boring. They simply want to eat whatever they’re in the mood for, when they’re in the mood for it. Well, that sounds good and all, but when you trying to stay within a budget, and when time is valuable to you, then you don’t have the money or time to go around at the last-minute trying to figure what to feed your family.

I cannot tell you how many pizza dinners we’ve had because of lack of preparation… I stopped counting. What I can tell you is that I am {In Pursuit} of God’s best for me. That means healthy family eating instead of last-minute fix-ups.

Currently we do have less ‘pizza dinners’ around here. However, I’m still not satisfied with the last minute-figuring-out-what-to-make days. So I am working on a meal plan. Yes, you heard me. A meal plan. I would love to create a meal plan for at least 2 weeks. I would love to shop and stock up for those two weeks rather than spending money here and there trying to put things together.

I’ve heard that it is good to do this on Sundays with a copy of the newspaper. Having the circulars for the grocery stores in your area – to find the sales (along with your {Coupon Binder}) will help you to put together your meal plan while saving money. Who doesn’t love saving money??!

Again, I repeat… I have not tried this yet and I am not claiming success here… but it’s time to put this plan into action. I’ve heard nothing but great things from families who do this.

PROS:

  • No more running around trying to figure out what to make
  • No more wasting money on fast food meals (which by the way are not healthy)
  • More time spent with the family around the dinner table (do you even remember what it looks like?)
  • Having items stocked up for meals
  • Dad and kids can help (ex: if dinner requires thawing out chicken, dad and kids will be able to see that on the menu plan and help get that started).

{WHAT I HAVE FOR YOU…}

Here’s a {Meal Plan} spreadsheet to help you out with planning your weekly meals. This can be laminated and reused or you can simply print out as you go. Whatever works for you…

{Menu Plan and Buying List}

Simply click on the link above and plan out your meals for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and even snacks. Then go through your pantry and see what you need to buy. Create your shopping list on the same page and head out to the store. No more unnecessary purchases when shopping because you already know what you are going to eat and buy.

{I WANT YOUR TIPS!!!}

If you have already made the {Meal Plan} part of your lifestyle… please do share! How does it work for you? Is there an easy way to do this? Do you have any recommendations. Your tips and tricks would be greatly appreciated!

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Posted on October 13, 2011, in HEALTHY LIFESTYLE, HOME & ORGANIZATION, HOME MANAGEMENT, MEAL PLANNING and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I really liked what Jessica G. had sd that everyone in the family picks a meal(i think thats what she sd) but that way everyone gets something they really like in the week! n everyone is satisfied!

    • Yes, she did mention that. I think it’s a great idea too. Perhaps everyone should sit around the table, that way they can see what’s on sale that week and pick a dinner item around that. Good idea! It might be fun to challenge them to see if they can come up with a $5.00 or $10.00 meal. Kind of like a contest to see who can come up with a tasty and inexpensive meal. Who knows, they might even join in to help cook the meal they chose!

  2. Thank you for linking back to {In Pursuit}! I really appreciate it.

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