Our Four Week Meal Plan For October and November

Our Four Week Meal Plan For October and November

Yes, four weeks.  I know, you're thinking "how does she do that".  But honestly I find it to be easier than having to figure it out every week.  I figure it out once, and I'm good for a month.  And if I don't feel like doing it again, I can just use the exact same one.  It's been a month since we've had these meals, so they will all seem fresh again.  Seriously I think you could probably use the same four week meal plan all year long, and maybe just make a few seasonal adjustments (like, I'd take out the soup in the summer and maybe do a salad bar instead, and I'd probably swap the roast chicken for grilled chicken). 

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Save money and time with a four week meal plan

Save money and time with a four week meal plan

I've been meal planning off and on for a long time.  As I've gone along, I've tried a lot of different methods and templates and I have really been refining my process as I go.  I've got it down pretty well now, to a system that I think is very quick and easy and actually makes meal planning doable for anyone, so I wanted to share with you a little about why and how I do it. 

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Meal Plan for the week: October 19 - 25

We are still in the thick of kids' soccer season. Only two weeks left! Yes, I'm counting down.  But with soccer practices three days a week after school, dinners need to be things that I can either make ahead and reheat, or have simmering in the slow cooker - either way it needs to be ready to put on the table when we get home late.  It's the only way to avoid having takeout 3 nights a week. Having a meal plan is critical during weeks like this.  I need to know ahead of time what I'm cooking, because I have a limited amount of time to get it put together and ready before I have to run out again. 

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Menu for the week: October 12 - 18

I've been terrible about sharing meal plans.  And, well, I've been terrible about doing them.  I'm not totally winging it, I usually scribble down plans for a few days at a time. Which is totally better than nothing, because at least I'm not standing in the kitchen at 5:00 with no idea what I'm putting on the table for dinner. But still, it's better when I plan more ahead. 

I feel like I'm still not in the swing of things with this school year.  I think it's this soccer schedule that's throwing me off. Practices three days a week and games on the weekends is just messing up my ability to plan. But I'm trying to get back on the wagon of doing the plan for at least the whole week, so here goes.  

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My Complete Menu Plan For Four Weeks!

My Complete Menu Plan For Four Weeks!

It's been way too long since I wrote a post about menu planning.  It's not that I haven't been doing it at all.  I've been scribbling notes in my calendar book with loose meal ideas for a few days at a time. I got out of the habit of doing my complete weekly meal plan after the holidays and I've just been lazy about getting back to the discipline of sitting down and thinking it through. 

But what inevitably happens when I am not as disciplined about planning is that I spend way too much money on food and end up buying too much stuff that we don't really need.  Some people like to shop for shoes, I like to shop for food!  I really do enjoy going to the grocery store and just browsing! But if I don't have a complete planned out menu, with a grocery list to go with it, then I find myself at the store and just buying what looks good, or buying more than I need just to have stuff on hand.

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