“Vegetables are a must on a diet.
I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread and pumpkin pie”

~ Jim Davis



Colorful Chicken Meals

What’s For Dinner Tonight?

What’s for dinner tonight? A question we hear everyday and one that can send us into panic mode. Weekly menu planning saves you frustration, time and money. Get out those family recipes and get started with a weekly meal plan. You’ll be glad you did.


Okay you’ve figured out your grocery dollar budget now it’s time to customize your weekly or monthly meal planning budget.


I recommend taking the time to jot down a couple of week’s worth of favorite family recipes to use as inspiration while you’re menu-planning.  (More if you’re up to it)  After all we’re talking 21 meals a week and 1,092 a year not counting snacks.  It can get fairly overwhelming when you’re sitting there trying to figure out what to feed the tribe.



As I mentioned in “My Shoestring Story” I had gained three grandchildren whose eating habits were a mystery to me so I set about enlisting their help with our menu plan.  I already knew what Grandpa and the rest of my household liked but I was at a loss for the three children.  We spent some time together plotting our course and gathering ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.  Getting the children involved with their likes and dislikes definitely saved me some headaches going forward.  One of the children is on the road to being vegetarian while another only likes meat and the middle child weighed in as a very picky eater.  It would be a challenge to feed them from the same meal.  “R’ots of R’uck” as the saying goes!  I could see where patience and training would come into play…


We ended up with an assortment of breakfasts, lunches and snacks along with 23 or so different dinner ideas.  That gave me several ideas that I could draw from when setting up the weekly meal plan.


Everyone will need to customize the menu plan for his or her family and lifestyle.  The important thing is consistency, making budget menu planning a regular habit, and that your budget plan is accomplishing what you need it to do.


Weekly Menu Planners

Weekly Meal Planner














Planning out the weekly meals will save you time, money and lots of frustration.  It seems like having a plan makes us so much more efficient and on top of the game.

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