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How do you make a meal plan? The first step in figuring out how to meal plan is to decide which style of meal planning will work best for your family.

There are two main styles of meal planning: weekly and monthly. Each style has its benefits, and you may find that different types of meal plans work best during different seasons for your family. Try these tips to set up your meal plan and figure out how to make the best meal plan for your family’s busy schedule!

how do you make a meal plan

How Do You Plan Meals for the week?

Planning meals for the week is a great way to set up a meal plan if you have a schedule that’s constantly changing or if you have a small pantry or freezer.

The first step to create your meal plan for the week is to list your schedule in your meal planner.

Next, add your family’s favorite recipes to your meal planner based on your schedule and the amount of time that you have to prepare each meal. This is also a good time to note the weekly sales at your local grocery store, in addition to the contents of you pantry and freezer.

For example, if ground beef is on sale, plan on making tacos or spaghetti.

One benefit to weekly meal planning is that you can save money by planning your weekly menu based on the weekly sales at your grocery store.

How do I Make a Monthly Meal Plan?

how to make a monthly meal plan (plus free printable meal planner)

Making a monthly meal plan is perfect if you have a steady schedule.

You can use a calendar or a preprinted meal planner to organize your family’s meals and grocery list in one place.

Start by adding your family’s schedule to the meal planner, then add your family’s favorite recipes.

Don’t forget to include leftovers or theme nights, like pizza Friday, in your monthly meal plan.

For more in-depth instructions, read how to make a monthly meal plan.

How Do I Plan a Meal For Beginners

You may feel like you need a Meal Planning for Dummies guide, but I promise that meal planning is simple, especially once you’ve create a list of your family’s favorite meals and tried a couple different styles of meal planning to see what works best for your family.

For step-by-step instructions for how to plan a meal for beginners, check out this post:

Meal planning is a great way to make sure you have dinner on the table every night - if you know how to do it. Learn how to meal plan and simplify family dinners.

Meal Planning Template

Set up your meal plan by creating a meal planning template.

Once you know whether weekly or monthly meal planning works best for your family, add your schedule to your meal plan.

You’ll then create your meal plan around your family’s schedule once your daily routine is listed on your meal planner.

For example, if your kids have baseball practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays and gymnastics on Wednesdays, mark those dates in your meal planner. Then, you’ll know to prepare simple meals, like slow cooker recipes, on those nights when you’re in a hurry.

Printable Meal Planner

Get my free printable meal planner, which contains a page for your family’s favorite recipes, a weekly meal planning template, and a monthly meal plan calendar.

Whether you decide to make a weekly meal plan or a monthly meal plan for your family, learning how to make a meal plan is an essential part of streamlining your schedule and making better routines for moms.

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