Happy Monday, friends!
Today is another “routine” post! Let’s recap the Shull family routines I’ve already shared with you…first, I shared with you our MORNING ROUTINE and then, I shared with you our BEDTIME ROUTINE, and then our THERAPY ROUTINE and then, our Pre-Op ROUTINE. Today, it’s our BACK TO SCHOOL MEAL PLANNING ROUTINE!
Hahaha! That’s how I feel at the beginning of the school year 😉 . I’m really excited about today because it’s all about MEAL PLANNING! And bonus, thanks to a sweet reader’s recommendation, my MEAL PLANNING MONDAY today is different too! Instead of me picking out what everyone should eat this week, I asked the five members of my family to suggest their favorite recipe 🙂 . Isn’t that fun? Want to see what Andrew loves for me to make? Or Smith? Or Madeley? Or Ashby or Kensington??? Head HERE and see this week’s Meal Planning Monday!
Thanks to all of this “back to school” business, I feel like all the moms I know (and many of you ladies too!) are all about meal planning right now. You know how it is…back to school is like January 1st, it’s all about a fresh start, new beginnings, goals, resolutions and all that other stuff. My “meal planning” game is typically pretty good, but right now, it’s at its best. I have all of that “I’m super mom and will conquer this school year” adrenaline coursing through my veins. Anyone else? Okay, clearly, I’m into meal planning…
…bahaha! I even wrote a book about it! That being said, I realized last school year that it was getting harder and harder to carve out moments to write down weekly lists, so instead, I started setting aside about 30 minutes a week to do this…
…meal plan for the entire month. This was me on Friday afternoon working on September’s meal plan. I’m sure you guys could make this all techy with an app or something, but I’m old-fashioned and like to just use a legal pad. I write out all of the days of the month on a piece of paper (front and back). Next, I go back through and add any important dates/reminders to that month’s calendar and then, I start to meal plan for the month.
I try and cook dinner five nights a week plus I make breakfast for my Bible Fellowship Group (BFG) at church every Sunday morning and then, I bake an extra sweet treat or two a week to feature on my blog. Now, that I have a solid list for the month, it takes me only minutes to make my weekly shopping list (because isn’t figuring out what to make the hardest part?!).
Here are my exact steps to meal planning (and then, I want to hear yours!!)…
1: I make my monthly meal plan.
2: On Mondays, I build my grocery list for the week based on my already prepared monthly list and then order my groceries online for free grocery pick up at my store. I love doing this because you can “favorite” things and then quickly add them to your cart. Things like milk, paper towels, bananas, avocados and such are favorited items, so it’s easy to add those things in along with our dinner groceries. I also take a sticky note and write down things that I will need to pick up later in the week that are fresh. I shop on Tuesdays, so if I think that by the following Monday, I’ll need 2 pounds of ground beef or more bananas, then I add that to my list and sometime between Friday and Sunday, I will grab those items from inside the store.
3: On Tuesdays, I go and pick up my groceries from my local supermarket and bring them home.
4: About once every 10 days to 2 weeks, I’ll stop by Trader Joe’s and pick up any fresh items I need that I didn’t grocery pick up or just to grab some things only sold there.
5: Then sometime later that week, like on Friday, I will go inside the store and grab a handful of “fresh” items that I need or anything else that has come up (should I need some more fresh items over the weekend).
And then…repeat the next week.
Now, I’ve tweaked this over time as our schedules and such have changed, but this is what I’m doing right now.
Of course, our schedule isn’t set in stone, so I do tweak things sometimes as needed, but for the most part, our routine stays very much the same.
During the school year, I’ve been typically going to Costco about once a month to stock up on lunch items for the kids like yogurt, chips, applesauce, etc. as well.
So, that’s what I’m doing these days. What are you guys doing?
I’m ready…what are your meal planning tips? I’ve tried several different ways, but I’m always open to new suggestions. Also, I love m paper and pen method, but if you just swear by an app, I want to hear about that as well!
Side note, don’t forget you can order this…
Don’t forget, make sure you head HERE…
…to see what my family picked out for this week’s Meal Planning Monday!
Have the best day!! xo