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  • 02-21-2017, 08:19 AM
    FreebieQueen

    Re: Free Printable Menu Planners

    Quote Originally Posted by ym1969 View Post
    I did not find this site helpful at all , i could not download any of the items.
    Did you try posting in the Tech Support forum for assistance with your device? Also, it could be because you're not an active member on the site. Downloads use a lot of bandwidth (which is quite expensive) so they are reserved for Members.

    There are several levels of registration. Currently members with very few posts have limited access to the features within the forums, you may have reached your limit based on your lack of activity as a member.

    You can view more information regarding the levels of registration and additional available features here.
  • 02-21-2017, 12:00 AM
    ym1969

    Re: Free Printable Menu Planners

    I did not find this site helpful at all , i could not download any of the items.
  • 09-06-2016, 11:49 AM
    ruafoodie

    Re: Free Printable Menu Planners

    There's only 1 of me and I do successful menu planning always. Some of the paring down includes these things:
    1. I have learned to do a lot of repackaging into 1 or 2 meal portions as part of putting away groceries.
    2. I do the math on favorite recipes and cut down how much I make.
    3. When I make a full recipe it's because I plan to do it rather than allowing it to happen by chance. I call them planned overs. I rely heavily on planned overs because I have an illness that can make meal prep impossible. So I regularly make the full recipe on good days and immediately put the planned overs up into meals for the freezer. Others buy prepackaged meals from the grocery store, so why not put up the things I love instead of eating the commercial stuff that I do not like?
    I love Lock n Lock for doing that, but use all sorts of freezer containers, including things like ZipLock or Gladware, and glass jars filled properly (plenty of headroom). I even use freezer bags for things such as beans that I make in larger batches.
    4. I use the "freezer to crockpot" ideas regularly. Get one chicken or max pack of ______ and set up multiple meals, complete with seasonings and sauces into freezer bags for future use in the crockpot. I'm making one of those today. My Tuesdays are terrible, so no meal prep.
    So I think the key is the advance planning.

    Original:

    Quote Originally Posted by rockin grandma View Post
    I haven't seen this addressed-There are just 2 of us & its hard to get into the groove of cooking smaller, Like homemade veg. soup or spagetti sauce. We both like leftovers but sometimes when I fix something else...I end up throwing little containers away. Does anyone have smaller meal planners ? We do eat out at least once a week.
  • 01-07-2015, 02:45 PM
    ladyking4554
    I wish I had a printer to print these off Oh well I can use paper and pen and put it up somewhere. These print outs are amazing! Thank you for the time put into the files
  • 12-23-2014, 11:08 PM
    HayleyB3003

    Re: Free Printable Menu Planners

    Love the Monday Menu Planner, Fantastic I can type straight in. Being a full time teacher and mother it means I can write 3 months worth of menu and put it into my freezer every school holidays. Thank you!
  • 09-06-2014, 06:00 AM
    stevesluv
    Thank You so much! I will be using these for sure! It is only two of us and I tend to cook too much and buy stuff I don't need!
  • 08-18-2014, 10:10 AM
    mickiebee
    No more procrastinating. Thanks for the motivation to start planning.
  • 08-13-2014, 01:24 PM
    MebeBecca
    I'm looking forward to using the meal planner. I've recently downsized from 4 to 2.
  • 07-23-2014, 02:15 AM
    MamaSmurf
    I found a book on Amazon for making freezer meals. I haven't gotten into the habit yet and I do need to clean out my freezer. I would like to start preparing foods and dividing them up into portions and then freezer. It suggests taking a day for preparing foods or even having a "coop" day with other people. There was a place that started this in a retail setting. I don't know if they are still open but they had classes where you would prepare several meals to take home. I might have to get off my butt and start trying this.
  • 07-22-2014, 10:50 AM
    rubymae1209
    It's surprising how few people actually sit down and plan a weekly menu before shopping, then come home with things they don't need and have to go back for others. The weekly (or bi-weekly, depending on the pay cycle) menu planning got my husband and I through the early years of our marriage, when we literally didn't have money for any extras. We may not have had lots of snacks, but our kids never went hungry either.
  • 06-23-2014, 07:32 PM
    Jeannie73
    Thank you for the downloads. This will help.
  • 06-20-2014, 11:24 PM
    Mrsbear
    i can relate to every issue posted here. just MDH and me at home now. Been a stay at home mom, working mom, career mom, grandma etc. Gone from poverty line to "comfortable" but I still love to be a wise shopper. Some of you are just so smart you blow me away. Ground beef was my favourite standby. Hamburgers, meat loaf, meatballs (swedish and Italian), quick ground beef stew, ground beef meat pie, ground beef and biscuit spirals, cabbage rolls, lasagne, I still shop at the big box stores and buy my fresh ground beef already formed into patties. I freeze a portion as is in individual baggies,
    some I cut into meatball size and I might cook them up right away and freeze them cooked in tomatoe sauce or cream sauce. I'll do this as Im unpacking groceries. Not bragging, just a lunatic. Im a big fan of "the BIG COOK" cookbook. similar to what Judy mentioned in a previous post. Cook as if 20 guests were coming, serve your family and freeze the rest in your family size portions. eg. I fill my freezer baggies with a serving for two. so, I would have 18 servings left the first night. I would reserve 2 servings for the next night but freeze 8 bags with 2 servings each.
    i love this web site. I just wish it had been available years ago. I was going to say that Women are wonderful but I really have no idea how many guys are checking in.
  • 04-15-2014, 12:13 PM
    jmbart
    I love the idea of meal planning, I just never did it. I never realized what a procrastinator I am, and this might just get me on track to save more money on our grocery bill. I definitely love pulling something out of the freezer that was prepared ahead of time, and I also want to try making out an actual menu/meal plan to see how it works. Thank you for your ideas!
  • 03-13-2014, 08:24 PM
    veatty
    can't wait to try this hope it helps
  • 03-08-2014, 11:07 PM
    MusicMaking
    Thanks for the info! Planning meals and grocery budgeting are the biggest challenges for me. I'm desperate for a plan that works!
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