I’ve been pre-planning my menus since around 2008 and I wouldn’t have it any other way. It just works for my family and especially for me.
With all of the other things I have to think about daily, meals are not one of them.
Having a pre-planned menu eliminates me having to figure out what we are going to eat on a day-to-day basis. It also eliminates my husband and kids asking me what’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner since our menu is posted in our kitchen.
Planning a menu also makes grocery shopping easy and effective. A menu allows me to create a grocery list tailored to what we plan to eat for the week. My shopping list prevents me from randomly buying items and wasting money. I buy exactly what I need which also prevents me from running to the store mid week for something I forgot. Extra trips to the store means wasted gas and time and I can’t afford to waste either.
Making my menu and shopping list is very easy. It takes me about 15 minutes to create my menu, cross reference my pantry to see what I have on hand and make my shopping list.
Check out the video of my process below.