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A Meal Planning system you'll actually stick with! Easily stay within your grocery budget every week, STOP wasting food, eat out LESS and meal plan in 5 minutes per week!

This meal planning system is so easy I no longer dread doing it and don't mind cooking anymore either, win-win!!

LINK TO MEAL PLANNING SHEET: https://www.ithinkwecouldbefriends.com/2018/09/27/simple-easy-meal-planning-free-printable/

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Amazing thanks for the tips and advice

3 days ago

Why do you keep looking off to the sides or up?

3 days ago

Love your video but I was unable to download your meal planning sheet.

6 days ago

This is awesome - so many smart ideas!

1 week ago

I make enough dinner so that my husband has leftovers for lunch the next day. Otherwise hes going to eat out

1 week ago

I've been using this as I weekly grocery shop and I realized quickly that I was buying way too much inventory! My pantry was so full the kids couldn't see the forest through the trees. Now I buy only what we need for the week (I do add to our storage located in our basement but only buy non perishable items and get the same things we use often). Instead of our kiddos having 8 options for breakfast, they now have 2 options. It's made mealtime so much easier in the morning and our grocery bill has decreased weekly as well. Such a great idea. Love your videos!!

2 weeks ago

I LOVE your Meal Planning System! It's so great, every mom should do it like this!

2 weeks ago

looking in to instacart...your video was very helpful

2 weeks ago

I have been searching for you thank yooouuuuuu. I have literally developed anxiety over meal prepping. And I really care about how we eat so it makes it ridiculous

2 weeks ago

I really like the reasoning and simplicity of your system. I look forward to trying it out. I'm thinking of alternatives to the weekly printing of a new sheet though. Either laminating a single sheet and using dry erase markers or perhaps have you considered making your sheet into an app?

2 weeks ago

This is the best system I have ever seen. All the others are way too complicated. Thank you!!!! I feel more relieved already!

3 weeks ago

You are awesome!! I am totally doing this :)

3 weeks ago

This is BRILLIANT!

3 weeks ago

I've always had trouble planning meals but i'm going to try your plan. Thank you and know that I always appreciate you.

3 weeks ago

You speak me! We think alike and you keep everything so doable and easy! Thank you! Your paper clutter video has been life changing!

3 weeks ago

I love this concept and going to give it a try. I am curious though, what if there isn’t left overs for lunches? What is your system for breakfast and lunch meals?

3 weeks ago

Can you post link to your planning sheet again please.

3 weeks ago

Wow! This is amazing! You go girl! 😎👌🏿

3 weeks ago

Thank you! So nice! Simple and organized. ❤️ Do you guys have emergency food storage as well?

3 weeks ago

Nevermind! You answered this in your FAQ which I just watched. 😊

3 weeks ago

Thankyou so much, so do you print a new sheet every week or was it laminated?

1 month ago

Wow! What a great video! So helpful! Might be the most helpful vlog that I’ve ever watched! Thank you! 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

1 month ago

Do you keep any food stock on hand? Canned goods or any toiletries?

1 month ago

I may have commented this before, my dad is 88 and I made a similar sheet that is his grocery list- and laminated it. Since writing is hard he only need to put a check mark at the item

1 month ago

I havnt finished the video yet..but Yes! The inventory..thats crazy..and it seems that I'm the only one bothered or stressed by it 😕😊

1 month ago

Great video. Thank you!

1 month ago

Help me out guys? Where is the link for the list? Thanx!

1 month ago

Hi dawn I was trying to download your meal plan sheet and I was just wondering if we have to pay for it?I have tryed to download this but not sure how can you help with that thanks hope this makes Sence thanks

1 month ago

Currently living alone, this is a great system! Can't wait to implement it to my life. Thank you

1 month ago

This is genius-thank you! xo- Cara

1 month ago

I thoroughly enjoyed this video. This is something that I have been in the process of doing myself. You really simplified it for me. Than you so much for this video. New subscriber here!!

2 months ago

Ok I just found your channel and I LOVE IT. Love these tips !

2 months ago

Thank you for sharing this video! I’ve been using this for several weeks now. It takes a little discipline to grab that marker but works so well to plan meals AHEAD of time!

2 months ago

Thanks for this!! would you make a video about meal ideas? Thanks!

2 months ago

WOW: Lightbulb moment for me! Genius, thank you. Moving out dead inventory and starting my version of your printed list! LOVED the video made perfect sense to me!

2 months ago

This is just an update: I made a second list and will do about 5 total to get all the recipes we like. As I mentioned before, each page contains 18 recipes. There are 2-3 repeats on each page because we really like those ones. Yesterday I made my 2nd list and checked what my DH would like to eat in the next two weeks. It took me about 10 minutes (this includes the deciding and the highlighting). I don't put days on the menu, just the list of meals because we never know what's going to happen that night. For ex., today there was a huge fire in town and my DH was gone from 7 am to 10 pm so I ate at home and my DH at the job. Nicole

2 months ago

This sounds so easy!

2 months ago

Question about Aldi part of your list?? I see you only have aisle 1 and 2. There are actually three main aisles. Do you not buy from one aisle? I think we shop at the same Aldi btw!

2 months ago

This makes so much sense:)

2 months ago

Hello! I'm a pastor's wife and home schooling mom of 3 girls. I've been watching your videos for about 2 months now. At first, I was skeptical, but now, as I've been working through each room of my home and seeing the benefits, I am 100% on board! When you said that the things in our homes are like inventory we then have to manage, the "light bulb" went on for me. I can't even tell you how many bags and boxes of items have been either passed on to someone who could use it, or to Goodwill over the last 1 1/2 months. Some even just went to the trash! Specifically, having my food organized and meal planning has made such a difference. Our grocery bill is cut in almost half. I have been using the top grocery portion of your meal planning sheet on Excel. I plan my meals in my planner, which is just my preference. My husband has come to see the benefits and we have not had the same meal twice (except for pizza on Thursdays) in just over 1 month. When I get to the end of my recipes, I'll just cycle back through and that is such a huge weight off my mind!!! I just wanted to take some time to thank you for your videos and let you know how much they are appreciated. I also appreciate the videos you do with your sister. I appreciate the encouragement and the scripture based topics discussed. I look forward to seeing your videos whenever they come out! May the Lord Jesus richly bless you all!

2 months ago

Would love to know how you manager photos. Digital and physical. Been on a purging journey for over a year now, but you've ramped it up for me a whole new level. I'm so grateful! Thank you for the positive impact your experience has had on my life!

2 months ago

I love your system...working on implementing it. I saw on your example an item called Loaded Tuna...I gotta know the recipe please! Thanks!!

2 months ago

I have tried every meal plan going and they work for a week or two brilliantly and life is so much easier, but the effort to do them made it a chore. This meal plan however works a dream and fits in with our busy lifestyle. Thank you 👍 I am also new to the minimalist lifestyle and am gradually reducing clutter and making my life simpler and happier. So inspired by your channel.

2 months ago

This video is mind-blowing! I never thought to just use a basic list of 20-30 meals. Thank you so much!

2 months ago

You got a new subscriber

2 months ago

Where can I find a copy of your master grocery list?

2 months ago

👍🏼👍🏼

2 months ago

I plan one month at a time, that way I don't have to spend time doing it each week. I plan what I'll need to get in the initial grocery haul and in the follow-up haul (about mid-way through the month - for fresh produce and dairy as needed). I always leave room for leftover nights in my calendar, that way we use up what's already been made. I always start the process by taking inventory of what I have, just like you. I only cook maybe 2-3 times a week. I love meal planning <3

2 months ago

Great video!

2 months ago

I’ve been meaning to do something like this for years! Thanks for the inspiration and tips!! Great quality audio and video, clear ideas...super video! You made a subscriber out of me with this one video😍

2 months ago

I just discovered you and this has been so helpful to me as a mom with ADHD. It's great to have something like this that I can use to make things easier on myself.

2 months ago