Today is the second installment of the Meal Planning Binder Series.  How did you do last week using your weekly menu planner?  It makes life a lot simpler doesn’t it?  It also saves money and keeps you on track for your budget.  Plus, if your kids are old enough to read, it answers the “Mom?  What’s for dinner?” question.  Today’s printable for your Meal Planning Binder is the Grocery List.  This is the second step in meal planning and saving your hard-earned money.  Let’s get started!

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Most of us already use some sort of grocery list – whether it be on the back of an envelope, on our phone, or just in our heads.  With today’s Grocery List printable, you will learn to use it in conjunction with your weekly menu planner.  Don’t have your weekly menu planner yet?  Click here for part one of the Meal Planning Binder Series!


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So, how do you use this grocery list?  Easy.

Sit down each week, and using your weekly menu planner, list the meals out for the week.  Don’t forget any special occasions or meals you know will be eaten out.  If you are using a recipe, it helps to jot down the recipe name and/or page number and cookbook to make it easier during the dinner time cooking rush.

Still with me?  Good.

Now, you will use your grocery list printable to make your grocery list.  Genius, right?

Seriously though.  Look through your weekly menu planner and jot down on your grocery list all the items you need to make those meals.  Consider the staples you already have, like oil, sugar, flour, etc.  Consider what staples you need to buy.  Don’t forget paper items like toilet paper or paper towels.  Your goal is to eliminate the need for additional trips to the store to buy that specific item you need for a meal.

Easy, right?

Don’t forget to print several of the grocery list printables and add a divider to your binder for “Grocery Lists”.

Now, get to work and get grocery shopping – the easy way!

Check back next week for a monthly meal calendar!

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