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2/4/12

Free Weekly & Monthly Menu Planner

What’s for dinner? This is a never ending question in my house. My main goal for 2012 is setting up a menu plan and saving a little money in the process. First things first, I had to figure out if I wanted a monthly, weekly or rotating menu. I personally really like the weekly menu, because I can plan based on store sales and coupon savings. I made theses menus to place on my fridge so I never again have to hear "honey what's for dinner?"



Readers, how about you? Do you menu plan? If so, what's your plan like?

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17 comments:

  1. Love these Bekah! Thanks so much :)

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  2. That sounds like a great menu planner. I downloaded it and hope it works for me. Thanks!

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    1. I hope the menu planner works well for you Tabitha.

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  3. What a fantastic idea! We only plan a week at a time right now, but I bet it would help with shopping to have a longer range plan! Thanks for sharing this at Shine on Fridays!

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    1. Thanks Amy. I plan a week at a time too, but I’m considering a flexible rotating menu.

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  4. Thanks for linking up to Serenity Saturday
    Hope to can join us again tomorrow

    Natasha

    www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

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  5. I plan a month at a time and have been looking for something more exciting than my regular notebook paper to do it on. Love the colorful month sheet!

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    1. Hi Cheryl! I would like to work up to planning a month at a time :)

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  6. I have a 3 week rotation of the "type of meal" (not necessarily specific recipes) which is usually filled with the same recipes but also allows for a quick recipe change. So, for example, on Monday's I have a simple/basic slow cooker meal that will provide enough meat for lunches (for sandwiches or in a salad). Week 1 I slow cook a whole chicken, Week 2 is a beef roast. Week 3 is ham. I keep spices and sauces to a minimum for these since I want the meat to be versatile throughout the week. Tuesdays are a casserole dish that I double up so one goes in the freezer. Week 1 is a freezer friendly beef dish, week 2 is pork, week 3 is chicken. I also throw tuna in there for a change. Wednesdays I pull the freezer meal from a few Tuesdays back with a different meat than the day before. Thursdays are my new recipe day...so I try something new but again stick with the pattern of Week 1, fish, week 2 pork, week 3 beef etc. Fridays are pizza day or take-out, but again, week 1 is beef pizza (think cheeseburger, or you could do traditional pepperoni/salami if you like them), week 2 chicken (ie. bbq chicken or thai chicken), week 3 pork (ground italian pork...yum!) etc. etc. I leave weekends open...for big family dinners, easy pancakes or grilled cheese, or restaurant fare.

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    1. Hi Jill! I love your meal plan! I’ve been determined to eat more vegetarian meals and only make two meat dishes a week, so your “3 week rotation” has given me some great ideas. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  7. This month is my first month to do this. I just knew I could not think of enough different meals for a whole month. We are on social security so am going to do from one pay day to the next months pay day. Some times instead of four weeks between pay days it's five weeks. That's a bad one. Anyway I thought of enough meals but then I drew a blank as to when to have what. My husband was no help either. I finally did make out a month of meals but what I really wanted to do was write the different meals on little pieces of paper, fold the papers, put them in a hat and have my husband take them out one by one and that would be how are meals would fall. No again. Think I might do that myself in November!! Thanks ever so much for your free printables. Love your blog.

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    1. Kathy I love the idea of drawing your meals from a hat! You'll have to let me know how it works.:)

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  8. Love all your printables. You do such a great creative job. Make more please.... :)

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    1. Thanks Diane! Don’t worry; there are still plenty more printables coming. :)

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  9. love the menu planners. very timely. thanks so much.

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  10. I plan weekly/monthly. Because of that I LOVE these printables, thank you! they are so colorful! But has any one done freezer planning? It's where you cook ready-to-go meals that require minimum "finishing touches" once a month and freeze them for the rest of the month. (Planned out on a monthly calendar, for quick prep.) I've heard about it, but I wanted feed back from some one who has tried it. Any ideas?

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  11. Love this! Would definitely love to be this creative! You've got a new blog follower in me girly!

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