This has been revised from it’s original posting (11/5/2015)
Today I thought I would share a couple of free printable grocery lists with menu planner. A few years ago, I did a quick how to on saving money by just simply creating a menu and doing all your grocery shopping based on that menu. It wasn’t riveting, but it was basically a starting point for those who might feel a little lost on where to start. I created both and have used both.
Planning Made Easy….
These are weekly planners, but because sometimes I need to plan a couple of weeks worth ahead of time, I print about 10-20 at a time. It’s especially helpful to have those extras if I need to plan for a party or holiday coming up a couple weeks in advance. BONUS, the updated one actually has a date section for the menu. 🙂
Having the menu on the list makes shopping a little easier as well. I can look at it and see if I maybe missed something when I’m at the store, or more often than not, I realize I don’t need an item. Even with the new version, which is 2 pages, I actually print it 2-sided so I always have both.
Originally, I only planned for dinner so I didn’t need a lot of space for the menu…
Since then, I have found that planning for all three meals, if possible, and making the kids get involved with lunch plans really helps. Lunch especially because I was getting a lot of “I don’t know what to do for lunch today mom” or “there’s nothing to eat” (as they stare at full pantry of food). And I don’t know about you, but am NOT one of those Pinterest moms when it comes to lunch. My kids will never find butterfly bags with grapes and carrots or star cut sandwiches. But I will also NEVER buy a pre-made lunch either. Planning for lunch helps you to have those options they want and saves them from eating junk – for the most part. Let’s be real, kids are still kids.
Hopefully these will help you get a little more organized as well as help you save some money. But remember… STICK TO THE LIST (for the most part). Something on sale that is not on your list (and you don’t regularly buy) is not saving you money, because buying it to buy the “deal”. IF you’re buying something you didn’t need, but obviously use all the time, like toilet paper. It makes sense to buy it. Basically… use common sense. 😉
Follow these basic guidelines and print your own copies of the menu/grocery list, and you will be on your way to seeing waste go away.
The Grocery/Menu Lists
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