(Continuation of the series on creating a household notebook. Read Household Notebook (Part 2) here.)
Today, I will cover the Menu Planning section in creating your notebook. This is my favorite section. Mainly because I love to cook. I love to try new things. The sections I used in our notebook (Financial is a separate binder for us) are:
Menu planning can be a huge asset to your family. Not only is it a money saver, but with some careful planning, it can be a time saver as well. It is also healthier. I have used several methods over the years. I have done the bulk cooking where you cook everything for a month and freeze it, planning for 1, 2 & 4 week periods, and I’ve done no plan at all. Normally the no plan method doesn’t work real well for us. We would end up eating more convenience and quickly type stuff. Not real nourishing.
In this section, you can have different types of things. You can have subcategories also which would include: grocery list, restaurant menus, favorite recipes, recipes to try, holiday plans. You can plan for all the meals you have in a day or you can plan for just supper. It’s really your preference and depends on what your schedule looks like.
To start, find a menu sheet that you like. Some suggestions are:
Fab-N-Free – 20 great printables, mainly for weekly planning
Money Saving Mom – Great list of all the different ways (weekly, biweekly & monthly)
Holy Spirit Led Homeschooling – Love her site!
Once you have your printable, get your calendar out and plane the busy days first. For us, those days are normally crock pot cooking. It’s easy to whip together and just toss in and it will be ready when we finally get home. When you figure out those days, then you can move on to the rest of the days. We like to leave a day of “Fend For Yourself”. Those are our leftovers days and they fall on Sundays typically. It all comes down to your schedule. We even have built-in “dining out” days. Those fall on Wednesdays since we have evening service and worship rehearsal afterwards at church. Once you get the hang of it, you will find that it really does help with the flow of the family. And it’s a huge stress reliever to you.
Please let me know how your notebooks are coming or if you have any tips, ideas or things that you do that work wonders for you family. I would LOVE to hear. =) Be Blessed!