Even though it’s been a few years, I still haven’t completely adjusted to a once-a-month paycheck. I would go do one HUGE shopping trip on payday and pick up produce, bread and little things throughout the month. I’d buy stuff that I wanted to make and forget about it. Meat would get buried in the freezer, taco shells pushed to the back of the cupboard. Anyway, I tried to do the weekly menu thing and it just didn’t work. How could I plan what on wanted to eat on Friday when it was only Sunday??
So, this last payday I sat down and made a menu. Went through the freezer, panty and cupboards to see what I had on hand. Made a shopping list and stuck to it…and my grocery bill was $125! Stuck to the menu too!
This week, I did the same. Made a menu. Made a list. And made a weekly menu planner for my fridge! The grocery bil this week…$65!! And, no, I am not an extreme couponer. As a matter of fact, I don’t use coupons at all. I buy generic! I love Wegmans brand products!
Anyway, here is my planner. I created it in Microsoft Word and printed it on cardstock. I trimmed the cardstock a bit and glued it to a piece of kraft paper. Then I covered the front in clear contact paper so I could write on it with a dry erase marker. I cut a slit for my notepad (grocery list) and put a few magnet strips on the back. Voila! My menu planner: