Monthly Meal Planning

Recently I started making a monthly menu plan, my goal in doing so was to a.) have less shopping trips b.) stop eating the same dinners every week and c.) to *hopefully* save some money.

I shared a picture on Instagram, that had my January meal plan on it, and I got a few comments on it. So I thought I would just share how i’m monthly menu planning, in case you are wanting to start as well.

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I had been weekly meal planning, up until December, so i’m fairly new to this, but this is how i’m doing it.

I started out by making a list of all the dinners I could think of that my family enjoys. My goal in doing this, was to have a list of at least 35 meals. Once I had that list of dinners, I used my 2019 Planner (which includes a menu planning page for each month) and added in a different dinner for each day.

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When planning out where to put all the meals, I kept these things in mind:

  1. Makeover/Leftover meals – For example: If I cook a whole chicken one night, there will be leftovers that I can then use the next night for a different meal, like chicken pot pie.
  2. Themed nights – For example: We eat Mexican type meals on Tuesdays, and Asian inspired dishes on Fridays.
  3. Meatless meals – I try to make at least 1 meal a week without any meat. (Baked potatoes, rice & beans, cauliflower chowder; to name a few)
  4. Special occasions/holidays – We let the kids pick the meals on their birthdays, so when I am planning I need to keep that in mind.

 

If you notice, my monthly meal plan is just dinners. That’s because I don’t plan out breakfast and lunch. I usually just keep on hand breakfast and lunch type foods; cereal, oatmeal, bread, yogurt, etc. And lunch for us is usually leftovers from the previous nights dinner, or we will make sandwiches, some pasta, soup, beans, etc…

Once I have my menu for the month, then I work on a monthly grocery list. I do grocery shopping twice a month. I do a big shopping trip at the beginning of the month, and then a smaller fill in shopping trip half way through the month.

Things I buy in my beginning of the month shopping trip:

  • Meats – All the meats i’m going to need for the month, I buy now and freeze.
  • Bread – I buy enough for the first 2 weeks only.
  • Pantry Items – All the the ingredients for the recipes, things that won’t go bad.
  • Frozen foods – All the frozen items we will need for the month.
  • Produce – For the first 2 weeks of the month only.
  • Dairy/Refrigerated – Mostly just for the first 2 weeks, with the exception of cheese. I buy enough cheese to last the whole month.

Things I buy half way through the month:

  • More dairy/refrigerated products – yogurt and milk mostly.
  • More bread
  • More produce – fruits and veggies to get us through the rest of the month.
  • And anything else I forgot to buy at the beginning of the month.

That’s it, that’s how I meal plan for the entire month. I think it has been working out really well for us. I like having all the meals thought out ahead of time, and having all the groceries on hand is really convenient.

How do you meal plan? Weekly or Monthly?

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Blog Planner 2019 {Free Printable}

Hi Guys!

This year i decided to make my own blog planner versus buying one. That way i could put everything into that i wanted and wasn’t having to pay for all the extra things i don’t even use.

So if you are a blogger yourself and your looking for a very simple basic blog planner for the new year, then this one is for you…

2019 blog planner

Included in this 30 page blog planner is…

  • Year at a glance
  • Monthly calendars
  • Monthly extra information pages
  • and brainstorming pages

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I printed my planner out on regular paper, but you could use cardstock, if you want something a little bit sturdier.

And then i used my Fellowes Binding Machine to bind it all together.

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Now it’s ready to use! Super easy! (If you don’t have the binding machine, you could use a 3-ring binder, or anything else, it’s super customizable that way!!)

You can download it for yourself, HERE!!

And if you are not a blogger, but you could use something like this in your life, don’t worry, i’ll have my 2019 planner up soon!!

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Christmas Printables {Blogmas Day 4}

Hi Guys!

Today I’m sharing something I think is really fun! I’ve done lots of searching and i’ve come up with some fun Christmas printables from around the web.

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I hope you have enjoyed this post. What’s your favorite Christmas printable?

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Elf Kisses {Free Printable}

Hi Guys!

A few years ago i shared my free Elf Kisses printable, but with the holidays coming up i thought now would be a good time to share it again.

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I think this makes a great addition to the holidays, plus this would be a great way to introduce your elf on the shelf too!

Want to make some for your kiddos? Here’s how…

You’ll need:

  • Hershey Kisses
  • Ziploc Bag (or any other kind of see through bag)
  • My Elf Kisses label
  • Stapler (or tape works too!)

Here is an up-close look at my Elf Kisses label.

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Included in the Elf Kisses label..

  • Green version
  • Red version
  • To/From Labels

I hope you enjoyed this fun holiday printable!

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Holiday Stock Up Guide {Free Printable}

The holidays are fast approaching, and if you are anything like me then you often go to make a holiday recipe only to realize you have forgotten something, or with the extra company you’ve been having you don’t realize how low on hand soap you are, or toilet paper, yikes!!

In an effort to make the holidays go a little bit more smoothly this year, I’ve created a holiday stock up guide.

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I’ve added the basics to this guide for all your holiday baking (sugar, eggs, flour, etc.) and for all extra guests (toilet paper, hand soap, etc.).

I’ve also left empty spaces for you to add in your own needs.

You can download my Holiday Stock Up Guide for free, HERE!!

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Gift Giving List {Free Printable}

With next Friday being Black Friday, i know a lot of you will be getting a jump start on your holiday shopping. And in hopes of making gift giving a little bit easier this year I’ve created a free printable where you can write down who you are buying for and what you are giving them.

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My Gift Giving List has 6 different boxes, for you to write down 6 different people you are shopping for.

I’ve also included a notes section to help make your planning even easier.

You can download my Gift Giving List for free, HERE!

I hope it will be a blessing for you and your family!

Happy Shopping!

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Thankful Bible Verses {Free Printable}

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” – Colossians 3:17 (NIV)

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I’ve created a free printable with some thanksgiving Bible verses, in preparation for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. This would be a great time of year to memorize these Bible verses.

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You can download it for yourself, HERE!

Enjoy!

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