Need a printable grocery list and menu planner? I’ve got just the thing!
Hey yall! It’s the New Year! Are you excited?! Did you make any new years resolutions? I don’t make resolutions. I always feel like they put so much pressure on me. And then I worry that I’m not doing the things I need to do to fulfill my resolutions. Then I get just give up. (Sad, but true.)
What I do instead is create goals. I have business and personal goals written down in my brand new notebook. (Because new year means new notebook, right?!) Then I write out how I’m going to achieve those goals.
Here’s an example – I want to read more to the kids and myself in the coming year. I wrote down read 6 books for myself and 3 chapter books for the kids. Now I have some sort of plan to help with our reading goal. And if I work backwards and use a little math we have 4 months to read one book. Totally do-able! So we will pick up our first book and then reward ourselves when we are finished with a new one.
It’s kinda like a resolution but with a plan.
After checking out our bank account, I also realized that we need to stop eating out so much! I think the holidays threw us off and we just grabbed something quick to eat. But with the new year, I am setting a goal to eat at home 6 days a week. Which may seem totally crazy, but I love to cook! I just need to be organized enough and plan out our meals to actually stay on track.
Which leads me to the grocery list and menu planner! I love being able to sit down and write out our menu for the week. It makes me happy and keeps me motivated. I created some printables to help me and I’m sharing them with yall today!
Here are some tips on how to use the free printables.
- Start with what you have on hand – use those ingredients to make a meal
- For example, I have bell peppers sitting in my vegetable tower. The first thing that comes to mind is southwest stuffed peppers. I add that to our weekly menu plan.
- Add the ingredients that you need to finish on your grocery list
- In my example I need rice so I add that to the “other” section.
- Factor in a leftover night.
- This takes the pressure off cooking EVERY night. Even if you have a night of all the leftovers in the fridge, it’s one less night of cooking. (And helps clear the fridge for next week!)
- Factor in date night, nights not at home and other special events.
- Make sure to add these special nights to your menu plan so you know not to take out meat or set aside your ingredients.
- Use Pinterest or our weekly menu plans for inspiration.
- Take your family favorites and use them often but toss in a few new recipes when possible. I LOVE Pinterest (check out my easy dinner ideas board) for new recipes. I also share a weekly menu plan with some really great recipe ideas.
- Have fun with it!
- Don’t stress or worry about dinner. Have the kids help whenever possible and make it fun for them as well. It’s a family meal so get the family involved as much as possible.
Are you ready to tackle menu planning?! All you need now are the printables. If you enter your email I will send them right over to you so that you can get started today!
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