Welcome to Day 13 of ‘31 Days of Homemaking Printables‘ series.

Now that you have printed off your grocery shopping list, it is time to sit down and write out your meal plan for the week. (If you want to meal plan for the month, you could easily write out all your dinners on a blank calendar page.)

I have room to record your breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack and/or dessert. For those of you that prepare a lunch for yourself, your spouse or your children each day, you know having a plan in place ahead of time can be really helpful. There is also a small section for any notes you may need to make.

I often shop my pantry, refrigerator and freezer first. I plan meals based on what we have on hand and what needs to be used up before it goes bad. I arm myself with my weekly sales flyer from the grocery store(s). Going through the sale flyer I plan the rest of my meals mostly from what is on sale. Sometimes I have a special meal planned or need extra ingredients for a recipe, but I almost never buy anything that isn’t on sale. As I plan out my meals, I write on my grocery shopping list any items I need to purchase.

Following. is an ideal week for me: The sales flyers come on Wednesday and I give them a quick look over. Thursday I clean out the fridge and meal plan for the following week. Saturday or Sunday I go shopping (alone without the children for the upcoming week). Each night while preparing dinner I look to the following day to see if anything needs to be defrosted or prepared for the crock pot.

You can slip this sheet inside a sheet protector and use a wet erase marker. This will allow you to use it over and over again!

Weekly Meal Plan

Download Weekly Meal Plan

(This download is for personal use only. You may not alter or redistribute this .pdf.)

Tomorrow I will be sharing another printable for the ‘31 days of homemaking printables‘ series.

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5 Comments on Day 13: Weekly Meal Plan

  1. Hi, Laura!

    I’m Lindsey and I’m a new subscriber. I love your weekly meal planner. My hubby and I are saving to buy our first home, and this will help out greatly! I have to say, there will be a lot of Top Ramen dishes written in–we’re on that kind of budget! Haven’t we all at some point? :) I’m thinking about writing about all the different healthy ways I have learned to cook Top Ramen noodles on my blog!

    Thanks again…I hope you’re having a happy day!

    • Thanks so much! After this series I will share more about how I meal plan and save money both with and without coupons. That would be great to share your recipes! I am sure a lot of people could benefit from that. I do know that by meal planning we save a lot more money. If I am running to the store constantly or don’t have a plan in place, we end up spending more on all those little trips or eat out for convenience sake. It adds up super quick!

  2. I love having your 31 Days of Homemaking Printables series come right to my email, but I sometimes forget to come and comment. Big thanks on all the printables. I am making these for my grand kids who are starting life off on their own. You are so thoughtful to share these. Thanks

    • Thanks so much Barbara! (Lovely name, by the way – that was my mom’s name.) I am so glad the printables can help! It can be a daunting task to take care of a family and a home and anything we can do to make it more organized, which in turns usually means easier, I am all for!

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