Friday, March 25, 2016

Ultimate Planning Notebook Add-On: Grocery & Meal Planner

It's no secret that I'm kind of a meal planning nut.  Of all of the things that I'm responsible for in our home each week, meal planning and grocery inventory is probably my favorite thing.  There's something about the challenge of planning healthy meals on a budget that I just love!

So, in honor of that, I thought I'd bring y'all a new add-on to the Ultimate Planning Notebook today!  Below, I'm sharing a free printable to plan out your weekly meals and grocery list.


I love this free printable grocery and meal planner!  It has a place to list meals and breaks down each section of the grocery store.  So organized!


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I also thought I'd outline my general grocery/meal planning process...

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Each week (usually on the weekend now), I follow the "shopping your own pantry" approach to meal planning.  I go through our pantry, fridge, and freezer to find the items that need to be used.  Who out there watches the show Chopped on Food Network?  Well, that's kind of my approach to meal planning...the Chopped Challenge, if you will.  I try to get as creative as possible and find what I can use together to make a healthy (and not weird) meal.  I absolutely hate throwing food away, so I kind of love challenging myself to using everything I can in our kitchen.

As I find things that will work together, I find meals in my eMeals app that will work for what we have.  I add those to my recipe list in the app as I see them.  If you're a non-printable kind of person, eMeals builds a grocery list as you add meals to your recipe list, right on your app!  From there, I go through and delete things off of the grocery list that I already have on hand or can substitute for things I already have.

If you're a printable/write it down kind of person, you can use this printable to make your list from there!  The organization I used above is similar to how eMeals outlines their list.  Just categorize the items on your list into each of these sections and add random items as needed.

(I give a few more tips about how I cut my grocery budget in this post!)

Now go out there and get some use out of this one!  I think this might be my favorite printable I've added to the Ultimate Planning Notebook so far.  If you want to see some of the other parts of the notebook, click the image below!