I admit it- I used to be one of those women. You know, the ones that saw and downloaded a cute free weekly meal planning printable but never used it. I am pretty sure that I may have even laminated one! The shame!
I have now learned that the problem wasn’t downloading a weekly meal planner template. The problem was that I wasn’t taking stock of the food I had in my house. As a result, I would end up with extra meat and 7 bottles of sweet Thai chili. Today I am going to help you organize the food in your home! Welcome to Day 6 of the series, 10 Days to a No Stress Home Management Binder
Before I continue I just wanted to let you know that if you are wondering how to plan a family menu for the week, I wrote a post called 3 No-Fail Ways to Help You Meal Plan.
Free Weekly Meal Planner With Grocery List (and Fridge Inventory)
Gathering Your Items
The meal planning printable shared in this post can be found in The Chaos Free Home- Digital Home Management Binder System. It also includes inventory sheets for your freezer, pantry, and your fridge and a few necessary extras.
Do You Have All of Your Supplies for Your Home Management Binder?
Just in case you are just joining this series, simply grab the items below to start. You will also need the printables from the following posts :
- What to Put in a Home Management Binder
- How to Create a Realistic Cleaning Schedule
- Using Free Home Maintenance Printables to Organize Your Home
- Free Family Organization Printables
- Free Printable Spending Tracker (and Saving Tracker)
AmazonBasics 2-Inch Round Ring Binder, White, 4-PackAmazonBasics 2-Inch Round Ring Binder, Mixed, View, 12-Pack400 Sheet Protectors, 11 Hole Lightweight Binder Sleeves, Designed to Protect Frequently Used 8.5 x 11 Papers, Acid and PVC Free Page Protector, Clear Plastic Design, 9.25 x 11.25 Top Loaded, 400 ctBostitch inPRESS 20 Reduced Effort Three-Hole Punch, Silver, Black (2220)AmazonBasics Paper Binder Dividers, Writeable 8-Tab, 4/PackAvery 5 Tab Plastic Binder Dividers with Pockets, Two Tone, 1 Set (11988)
Using the Free Weekly Meal Planner
Once you’ve downloaded the meal planner freebie, its time to plan!
Grab your planning sheets and your pen or pencil.
Make a note of all the food in your fridge. Be sure to include the expiry dates as well as the quantity.
Read 3 Ways to Meal Plan to decide which meal planning method you will use.
Write all the meals that you will be cooking for the week. Also, make note of the days you will be using leftovers or having takeout.