I’ve been struggling with menu planning for too long. As a family of 7, we’ve wasted leftovers or forgotten about food in the freezer. If I forget to make a plan for dinner in the morning, I feel stressed by the time I think about dinner in the afternoon.
To be honest, menu planning has never been a strength for me. Sure, I’m organized. Maybe because I don’t need to worry or consider other family members tastes when I’m keeping our home organized and running like a well oiled machine.
Satisfying the taste buds of 7 family members who like food and know what good real food tastes like is a bit overwhelming.
My Menu Planning Dilemma
My own menu planner I have on the blog isn’t working for me since I don’t use a notebook for planning anymore. I also don’t have space on my fridge to display the planner.
I’ve tried doing an electronic meal plan on my iPad mini since I keep the iPad on my kitchen counter. That failed because I’m a visual person. I need to have the plan in my face.
I’ve tried using the meal planning insert for the Erin Condren Life Planner. There’s just not enough room for writing down all the tasks I need to do for making a meal, along with reminders to make snacks and other items for my family.
My Menu Planning Solution
This weekend, I realized that I had to do something, even if it turned out wrong later on.
I couldn’t live in meal planning limbo anymore.
1. I knew I couldn’t tackle my friend Heather of Real: The Kitchen and Beyond’s $29 Grocery Budget Challenge for 10 weeks without being organized.
2. I knew I would fail the challenge if I didn’t have tools in place to menu plan and plan to make processed food substitutes like mayo, yogurt, and BBQ sauce.
3. I knew we would lose money if I kept forgetting to use up items in the fridge.
Taking advantage of my $20 in store credit along with the 40% off Erin Condren Life Planners, I ordered a Life Planner for $10 plus shipping ($9.95). $20 for a planner. $20 for my sanity in the kitchen. Yes, I think that’s a small price to pay.
Organizing the Life Planner for Menu Planning
Since I already have a Life Planner which I use for family organizing and planning, I will walk you through my plan for my new Life Planner. Converting the Life Planner to a Menu Planner is super easy with washi tape!
Do you have an Erin Condren Life Planner?