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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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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On the menu this week: January 12 - 18

On the menu this week: January 12 - 18

I need to rework my schedule for ski season.  Normally I work on our meal plan on Saturday and/or Sunday and have it all figured out by Sunday evening.  But for the next 8 weeks we will be spending all day Saturday up at the mountains with kids in ski lessons, and spending much of the day Sunday reorganizing and recovering.  I'm behind with this week's meal plan because I just couldn't muster the brain power to finish it last night, so I'm updating my calendar and this week I'm going to try to get the plan done for next week by Thursday or Friday. We'll see how that works. But I finally got this week done and I think it's pretty good.  

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