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I do a big grocery shopping trip twice a month (we do run to the store weekly for things like eggs, milk and bread). I plan ahead for 4 meals a week (8 dinners total for the 2 week period), because usually this is how many nights a week we actually sit at home together for dinner. Then I make my shopping list and shop accordingly. I’ve been doing this for one month, so far, and it has been great! Hunky has loved the variety and I actually feel that I’m being really effective with my time and money! Hooray!
Here are a couple places that might help you in your quest to be a meal-planning guru!
E-mealz - sign up for $1.25 per week, and get specific meal plans, shopping lists and more for any size family (Bonus: if you have special dietary needs, they’ll give you a plan for that as well.)
Meal Planning Mommies give tips for meal planning, and lots of easy, kid-friendly meals, perfect for busy families.
Crystal and Co. is my personal favorite site for all things related to meal planning. From Menu Planning Mondays, to how to display your menus, to recipes, she’s got the whole thing covered! And maybe, just maybe, I would be a little better at menu-planning if I had something cute like this (below) to display my meals on. You may be seeing something like this from me in the near future. Stay tuned!
What’s your method for meal planning? Organized or Fly-by-the-Seat-of-your-Pants?