Oct 14

meal planning

trader joes

I feel as though I have tried every sort of meal plan out there. I have always hated meal planning until I came up with what I am about to share with you. I love LOOSE structure. I am laid-back but somehow a go-getter at the same time. This meal plan seems to work well with my personality and for my family. I hope it will help some of y’all and maybe save you a little time and money too. And I know this may not be for everyone, but what plan is.

So here’s what I do. Every Friday I write down 7 meals on my chalkboard. I try and take into account if we are planning on having company over that week and find something that can easily be made for a larger number of people. I also try to consider what I already have in my refrigerator and pantry. chalk board I then make my grocery list of the items I don’t have on hand already. As I run out of baking things and staple items, I add them to my list throughout the week. I keep a running list on my iPhone (I use the app “reminders”). I love that I can check things off my list as I put them in my cart and the item disappears from my list. It makes it feel like I am really accomplishing something (because I am :). trader joes Then each day, I pick something off my list of meals and then cross it off the board. If there are any meals on the board that don’t get used for whatever reason, I just move it to the following week, and that’s one less meal I have to shop for. meal planning I get tired of writing down a meal for each specific day of the week, but I found myself rewriting my calendar every other night because plans change, or kids were fussing and I didn’t have time to make the lasagna from scratch with homemade bread sticks and mozzarella cheese I made from the cow I milked.  Okay, that was an exaggeration, but you get the idea. meal-planning I know life happens and I have to be flexible and I feel like this meal plan really works well for our family. It’s structured with wiggle room. It’s rules with lots of grace. It’s my kind of meal plan.

As shared on Frugally Sustainable.


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  • Tamara Wilkins

    It’s great that you have figured out what works for your family. I wish I would’ve been taught how to be a homemaker when I was young, as it took me about 10 years to figure out a plan for my family. :) We have been married 13 years and I’m STILL tweaking things, but now I think of it as just making things better, instead of not getting it right. I’m pretty similar to you, except I do 10-14 meals at a time. THIS month however, I’m trying crockpot freezer meals that I prepared all in one day for our dinners. It is working out well so far. :) Love your posts and your pictures.

    • Kim

      It’s funny how just when I figure things out, something changes. Whether its finances, a pregnancy filled with morning sickness, more little kiddos to feed, company, etc. It seems like I am always changing meal stuff with our family. I do know for me it has to be a flexible structure.

      The crockpot meals sounds like a great idea! I have tried it a few times, and I think it works well for me when there is a baby coming or morning sickness but I like cooking too much do it on a regular basis. I am always looking for some yummy crockpot recipes to add to my arsenal. Let me know how it goes for you. It maybe worth trying it again. :)

  • Sonja Sarr


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