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Menu Planning

ORGANIZED UNDER: Menu // Organizing // Planning // Well Planned Gal

Early on in my parenting decisions, family dinners were a must. A time to relax, enjoy good food, review the day, and converse with loved ones, the supper table was where relationships were formed and family was established.

Five Staples for Menu Planning

As with anything of importance, family dinners take planning and consistency. Although our family has had many different seasons, I created a system which had the flexibility for toddlers to teens. Here are the five staples to my menu planning skills:

create a routine

Find a time of the week that works best for planning. Typically the day before or the day of shopping. Creating a routine that is respected by the family will save you time on trips to the store and eating out. Whether weekly or biweekly, make time to sit and begin planning for your menu.

take inventory

Before writing out the specific menu and grocery items, you can often save money by using up what’s in the pantry. Scan your shelves and begin brainstorming how you can use up those cans, boxes, and packages of food that have been sitting way too long in the pantry.

For grab-and-go meals like breakfast and lunch, create a list of grocery staples like butter, milk, eggs, peanut butter, etc. Use this list to take inventory before running to the store.

discover deals

In my neck of the woods, stores will honor competitor ads. So I review the best deals in local stores and begin to make my menu plans according to the pantry inventory and the best bargains on food for the week.

make a plan

With my knowledge of what’s in the pantry and what’s on sale, I write out the menu. Sometimes, for special occasions, this will include a breakfast or lunch, but mainly dinners. I also take into consideration a leftover night, date night, or any other activity that might be planned.

With a plan in hand, create your grocery list, making sure to add staples to your list. Shop with list in hand, bringing along coupons and/or sale ads.

stick to the plan

The key to any plan is sticking to it. If possible, take a few minutes each morning and prepare vegetables, clean meats, or begin prepping dinner. Use your crock pot when you can and get the kids in to help.

By creating a plan, shopping wisely, and cooking the meals you planned for, you can bring your family around a table each evening for fun, food, and relationships.

Save time, save money, and bring healthier options to the table by planning your meals!

With five kids in their teen and early adult years, Rebecca shares the many ups and downs of parenting, homeschooling, and keeping it all together. As the Well Planned Gal she mentors women towards the goal of discovering the uniqueness Christ has created in them and their family and how to best organize and plan for the journey they will travel.

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