Use these printable weekly meal planner templates to keep your hungry hoard well fed and yourself organized. Choose from 2 printable meal planners below!
Tired of getting asked “what’s for dinner?” Sick of hitting the drive thru after a long day because there was no plan for dinner? These individual or family meal planners can help with both of those problems and more!
A printable weekly or monthly meal planner is simply that—a piece of paper where you write down what you and your family are eating this week (or month). They’re nothing complicated, but if you’ve never used one, I think you’ll be surprised at just how much this organizational printable lightens the load on your day. Plus, using a weekly or monthly meal planner can curb poor eating because you have a plan to stick to! 🙂
These are frugal (not free) meal planner templates that cover one week at a time. You may be able to find monthly meal planners on the Internet, but I’ve found that trying to plan that far out can be stressful, especially if you’ve never used a frugal or free printable meal planner before. Plus, there’s a really good chance your family’s plans will change over the next 30 days, so looking that far out could actually end up wasting rather than saving you time!
Bonus: As already mentioned, these are frugal (not free) meal planner templates. You can snag both pages for one low price here in the shop: 2 Printable Weekly Meal Planner Templates. With two options to choose from, I think you get a lot of bang for your buck; however, if you are determined to get a free printable meal planner template, I’ve got you covered. Download a free weekly menu planner printable here.
Let’s take a closer look at these two printable meal planner templates!
Simple Weekly Meal Planner Template
This version of the individual or family meal planner is a bit simpler than the other option. It offers space for you to write down what’s on the menu for:
There are spaces for all seven days of the week on this frugal (not free) meal planner template. And each row is an alternating color, either gray or white, making it super easy to find exactly the day and meal you’re looking for!
A good use for this printable weekly meal planner template is to keep your family in the loop. Fill it out and then hang it in a high visibility location (such as on the fridge). You can take this family meal planner a step further and add times to each meal so your hungry hoard knows exactly when to show up! 🙂
Bonus: Frugal or free printable meal planner templates only work when you fill them out! 😉 Admittedly, figuring out what all the picky eaters in your family will actually eat isn’t always easy. When you find a recipe that is a crowd pleasure be sure to save it; these free printable recipe cards may help!
Detailed Weekly Meal Planner Template
This version of the printable weekly meal planner template is a bit more detailed. In addition to space for you to write out meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it offers space for you to start a shopping list. An easy way to ensure you don’t forget to add anything to your grocery list is to write down needed ingredients while making your meal plan.
Alternatively, you can use this as a family meal planner. Instead of the simple printable meal planner, you could hang this printable on the fridge and give your family the opportunity to add their cravings to the shopping list.
Bonus: Concerned that trips to the grocery store are blowing your budget? Here are some resources that may help:
- Groceries Shopping Secrets Revealed
- 39 Cheap Meals for Large Families
- 56 Cheap and Easy Family Meals
Here’s to a nutritious, delicious, and organized week! 🙂