Enter the meal planning chart! It is a simple method to keep track of what’s for dinner (and every other meal). I simply printed it off, got it laminated, and hung it on the fridge to reuse weekly.
At the beginning of the week, I make a game plan for what we will eat. Even if we are planning a date night or dinner at a friend’s house, I mark it down with my dry erase just to keep track. Then I shop for ingredients, and once I am home from the store, I make note of what we have for snacks, lunches, and breakfasts. This way, when we are craving something to eat, a quick look at the chart will help us remember what we have, even if it is hiding behind the milk carton. This is also a great system for us because it keeps my husband from always asking me what we have to eat.
It takes a little discipline on the front end to use a meal planning chart, but it will save you time and help you make the most of your groceries!
Thanks so much to Chandler for sharing her awesome tips and tricks for meal planning! She's generously offered to give three (yes, three!) versions of her meal planning chart away to readers here at May Richer Fuller Be, so if you'd like a copy to try this out yourself, you can download one in blue, mint or red here.
I can't wait to download one of these and stick it on my fridge. It'll have a nice home next to my cleaning checklist :).