Here is a FREE printable menu planner to help you budget, plan and organize your shopping trips when planning your weekly meal schedule. Very helpful!
I have been procrastinating, but meaning to create a useful and easy FREE Printable Menu Planner to use when I go to the store…..and here it is!
There are much more complicated ones out there that come in binders with pockets, but quite frankly I want to write, grab and go with my list and coupons in hand for my weekly shopping trips. If you are a beginner at couponing <—here is a useful post to read up on how to coupon effectively.
Whether you are a regular or beginner couponer, if are looking for a free printable menu planner to help you plan, budget and make your shopping trip easier, just print your Menu Planner <— right here & enjoy!!
- I broke the paper into a few helpful categories: Your menu/meal, a grocery list for needed items, coupons you have to use and a sale category…..this is why.
- Menu – It is helpful to think of a main item, and you can include side dishes too if you wish, so you can create a variety throughout the week and focus your shopping trip to get the main items you need for each night.
- Grocery List – Look around your kitchen for items you already have. Sometimes it is helpful to see what you have and create a meal around the side item/veggie you need to use up that week. Always use what you have on hand already, and write down the items you need to complete each meal for the day.
- Coupons – Yes you will have your coupons on hand or in your organizer, but it is helpful to jot down the coupons you have + brand for the items on your list so you don’t have to hunt for each one, then you can just pull out the ones you had on your list and you actually used when you are standing in line waiting to check out. I don’t always use the coupons I have for the items I need because a store brand may be cheaper so I will save it for another time when I can use that coupon AND the item is on sale, read about this tip more here.
- Sale – Use this section to jot down items you find in the stores circular that are on special that week. Stores typically have 4-5 Really big sale items each week, like bananas or broccoli for next to nothing let’s say. You may not need these items for the dinners on your list, but you can incorporate these great items at great prices for lunches or snacks. As far as produce is concerned, there is usually a big sale each week on one or two items, you should try to incorporate those items in some way throughout the week.