Trying to get through the grocery store without a plan is the worst. - You end up forgetting a key ingredient or buying things you don't need.
But if you take a few minutes to plan out your meals and create a grocery list, it can save you time, confusion, and make your trip a bit less stressful.
I've been using a simple meal planning system for a couple of years now and I have to say, I no longer dread going to the grocery store. And having exactly what we need in our pantry to make delicious food we love makes dinner time less stressful too. It's one of the things I've realized makes life as a mom so much easier so I thought I'd share my free printable shopping list and meal planning template with you today cause us moms need to stick together!
How To Plan Meals With Your Meal Planner And Grocery List
Step 1: Print out your printable grocery list and meal planner
You may want to print a few at a time so you have a few weeks' worth on hand!
Step 2: Plan your meals in the meal planning template section at the bottom.
First think of the meals you want to make that week, and semi plan out which nights will be left over nights or nights that you'll eat out depending on your schedule that week.
Step 3: Once you have your meals planned, create a grocery list.
Go through each meal and write down what you'll need and put it on the list in the correct category so that when you get to the store, everything is on the list more or less by aisle.
I divided the grocery list template into sections for you. This is the key to getting through the grocery store fast because you're able to get your items by aisle. - No more backtracking though the store for things you forgot!
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Taking the time to be organized before I go to the store has helped me spend less money, waste less food, and avoid buying things that we don't really need. It also makes grocery shopping, one of my least favorite chores, so much faster so I have time to tackle other stuff on my weekly to do list and still have time for some fun!
I hope this printable grocery list helps you do the same!