I *have* to plan my menu and shopping obsessively in order to keep both my spending and my weight under control! I made myself this menu planner template months ago and I’ve been tweaking the design until it was JUST RIGHT!
I print one (double-sided) planner per week. I personally add the date numbers in with the day-of-the-week letters. I then have two weeks attached to the fridge with magnets – this week and next week. This week is displayed with the menu part facing forwards, and next weeks with the shopping list facing forwards.
During the week, I add any shopping items to the shopping list. This might be herbs that are running out, staples such as milk, or non-food items.
When you are ready to plan, write down items that need to be used up before they spoil, or items that you want to use up, such as food that is taking too much room in your cupboards or freezer.
Write down your events so you know which days you are eating out or family members are not eating.
Then plan your menu and snacks for the week, and write your shopping list as you go.
You’re all set! Your menu plan and shopping list are now all planned out and ready to go.
Top tip: plan meals which use quick-to-spoil food at the beginning of the week, and meals which use cupboard staples and frozen food a the end. That way your food won’t spoil before you get to using it.
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Kim Debling is a Hampshire, UK based designer and Director of her own company Kestrel Design Ltd. She is mum to Rose and Harvey and wife to her best friend Steve. She’s fighting off Stage 4 Lymphoma and sharing her story along the way, mainly via YouTube. Kim is passionate about being happy, mental wellbeing and in particular art and creative pursuits as therapy during tough times. She teaches online at Udemy, has published books and has art and printables available for sale.