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My Monthly Menu Planning Method

menu planning method

Over the past months I've been working to figure out an efficient, easy, fun and budget conscience approach to menu planning and grocery shopping. In fact it feels like I've been working on this method for years! I finally feel like I've gotten it down and I'm ready to share it. It requires some work in the beginning to make things easier in the long term but I'm finding that it's totally worth it.

After reading French Kids Eat Everything and following that approach to menu planing for the past six months, I reworked the way I was menu planning to meet the new way I was feeding my family. This meant not only planning dinners but also planning out breakfasts, lunches and snacks. At first I found this really overwhelming and couldn't figure out a way to keep track of it all. After all huge percentage of French kids are at school for lunch which is the biggest meal of the day in France. I struggled (and still do sometimes) with trying to cover the entire days worth of food, seven days a week for my family but this method has streamlined the process and made it enjoyable and affordable!

It can seems a little overwhelming at first so I've broken it up into a few separate blog posts, so here you go...

Three Steps to Menu Planning

STEP ONE // COOKBOOKS & ORGANIZTION

STEP TWO // MONTHLY MENU PLANNING & GROCERY SHOPPING LISTS

STEP THREE // TIPS FOR EFFICIENT, & FUN GROCERY SHOPPING ON A BUDGET

You can refer back to this post and access all of the steps! I've created a link on the sidebar to make it easy to access.

menu planning method
  1. ooohh! i’m excited to hear about this!

    ruthy · Friday February 22, 2013 · #

  2. I second Ruthy’s comment— so excited to hear how this works for you. I do weekly planning for dinners but ignore breakfast and lunch, something I need to change.

    Brianna · Monday February 25, 2013 · #

  3. Thank you Ruthy and Briana! =) I hope it’s helpful for you!

    Kacie · Wednesday February 27, 2013 · #

  4. Thanks for the info Kacie! I have trouble limiting our food budget as well, but I think if I commit to a plan I could save a lot of money :)

    Samantha · Thursday February 28, 2013 · #

 

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