Meal Planning

Tips for building my menu
Before I start I make sure that I eat a little something. Making a menu on an empty stomach is a lot like shopping on an empty stomach. If I’m hungry, I may buy things that I wouldn’t normally buy. So I begin with a light snack of baked oatmeal and a warm cup of raspberry zinger tea.
I gather all of my tools such as sale papers, coupons, pencils, a calculator, notebook paper or my Homemaking Binder. I start by dividing my paper in two. One side is for menu items and the other for stock up sale items for the pantry or freezer. I make a list of pertinent stock up sale items items first. From there I see what meals can be made with those items and build around that. If this weeks top sale items are pasta and cheese, then Italian week it will be. I’ll plan meals such as baked ziti, spaghetti and lasagna. On my menu items list I add all of my staple items necessary for all of my basic meals.

This is how a day of grocery and meal planning begins for me. To learn more about how I organize my list, please consider subscribing to my blog in a reader or by email. I will be posting a second installment on “making a grocery list when shopping multiple grocery stores”. rss+xml”>Subscribe to A Day In The Life Of…


  1. Melinda says

    This was a great post! I use a similar method and it really makes a huge difference, but I never thought about snacking before menu planning, good idea!


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