Every week I try and plan the meals we (meaning me) will make. This lets me steer away from needless eating out, saving money and frequent trips to the grocery store. Though with a baby, we make frequent trips anyway for formula, etc.
When couponing, I would plan my meals on Sunday after the coupon clippers have planned out the best attack with coupons and sale ads. Then, Monday I would go shopping.
When not couponing, I plan my meals on Saturday and go shopping on Sunday. I guess I could try couponing on Sunday and shop Saturday, but most of the deals are gone by then. Major grocery shopping with a baby and active 4 year old is not fun and I try to avoid it when I can. If I miss $7 in coupon deals to keep my sanity, then so be it. That $7 was well worth it.
Here is my meal planning chart that I used and created. Later, I plan on printing an excellent photo quality version and laminate it. Then I can use dry erase markers on it over and over. I tried using clear contact paper… but it didn’t work.
I cannot copyright it as the design background is from Carina Gardner, Inc.
I have attached the PDF here. It is 16 Mb, or you can use the Jpeg file above. I am not certain the Jpeg will print 8.5×11 for you though. You may need to preview and adjust.