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If I had a dollar for every time I’ve asked, or heard someone else ask this question–I’d be able to buy groceries for a year. Or cocktails for a year…whatever. In a very off-the-cuff effort to get my sh** together (even just a little), I’ve decided to revisit those few weeks a long time ago when I actually planned my meals. It was great! Why on earth did I ever stop?

Have you ever heard the term “Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance”? -kinda nails it.

I suppose I stopped because it can be daunting to plan ahead. Plans change, schedules get thrown out the window. However, when I planned my meals ahead of time, grocery shopping was simpler. I spent less time wandering around the store while I decided what to cook. I spent less money, only buying what I needed and bypassing aisles I didn’t need to go down. We had fewer Hamburger Helper and chicken nugget nights…not to mention I avoided uneccessary (and horrible) trips to the store. Seriously!? I’d like to give this idea another try…

Well, let’s make this easy. I’d like to share a free printable that I created just for our friends! (By the way, we’re friends…whether you like it or not). So print off this handy sheet. I’ve designed it with 2 weeks on the same sheet to save a tree or two. Ask the fam, “What have you been hungry for lately?” You might get some fun ideas! And hey, it’s okay to still have a Hamburger Helper or chicken nugget night once in a while, they can’t all be gourmet meals. In fact, if you’re REALLY good at planning, you can even have some “planned leftovers” nights. They’re a real thing. (PS. My “recipe ideas” pinterest board is like a cookbook made up ONLY of things I’m interested in making…I go there for ideas at least once a week–such a great way to keep meal ideas together in one portable place.)

I’ve also included room for a shopping list. Throw it on the fridge (or somewhere you can see it, if you’re one of those weirdos whose fridge isn’t covered in crap.) When you’re ready to head to the store, cut the list off and place it in your wallet–this way it won’t still be on the kitchen table while you’re at the store trying to remember what’s on it…not speaking from experience or anything.

By the way, I can already hear you saying “Yeah, but…”

Do what you can. Maybe start just planning one or two certain nights that seem to be tough every week. Ease in, do what works for you!

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Please let us know what you think! Do you have any great advice for keeping up with the dinner rush? I’d love to hear it!

Thanks for stopping by, everyone! (but mainly, stay classy.)

<3 StephiePants

Click here to download this free printable!

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