Meal planning (or some people call it menu planning) can be a great way to cut down on the grocery budget for SURE. There are tons of sites out there that help you do it for free. Some of the sites will just email or post a menu and you can print it out. Some sites provide the recipes and the software for you to build your own plan and then you print that out. Some sites have both. I’m going to share some of the sites I have found over the past few years and PLEASE comment if you’ve found another one!
Free Meal Planning Sites
Moms Who Think – 16 weeks worth of dinner meal plans made by moms, for moms! 8 of them are “healthy” options. This is a great meal planning resource if you love browsing pre-made plans.
Monthly Meal Planner is also totally free, and you can either use her monthly menu or customize your own. There are thousands of recipes in the recipe box, and they also have a Facebook group for more meal planning chatter.
The Better Mom – She has put together tons of Bi-Weekly meal plans for families. The recipes are included in the individual blog posts, and the foods are nutritious!
Also, don’t forget about sites like All Recipes, Food.com, Food Network, Epicurious, Betty Crocker, and Kraft Foods. These sites allow you to search their recipes and add them to your own online recipe box. Most of them allow you to create and print shopping lists as well and some of them allow you to combine several recipes to create menus.
If These Aren’t Enough
By the way, if you’re interested in paying a little bit of cash for an amazing meal planning subscription, check out my affiliate link for eMeals. There are breakfast plans, lunch plans, and tons of different options for dinner meal plans. If you are eating paleo, gluetn free, vegetarian, low carb, low fat, counting points, or just want some tasty classic meals, you’ll be happy with eMeals! In fact, many of their meal plans are targeted to specific stores you are already shopping at and match sales for the best value! Planning meals just saves money, so it really makes sense.
I’d love to hear about your menu planning adventures! It can be a great way to save money by anticipating the inevitable – eating! 🙂
How do you plan your family’s meals?