Each week I've been using My Master Menus to come up with my weekly menu plan. And it has been fantastic! It is so much easier than I ever thought. However, as I looked over my original printout, I decided to make some changes. So, below is the updated list with a snacks section added to the bottom as well. Creating master menus for your own family will be an ongoing process too. But the goal is to come up with family favorites. I've also given you a blank worksheet based on my categories if you want to print it and write in your own ideas.
My goal was to create only 7 breakfasts, 14 lunches and 28 dinners. It was hard to decrease the dinners because there are so many ideas, but I only chose our family favorites. I tried to use food storage in most meals. I like having categories of meal types because it makes it easier to narrow down the meals. We don't barbecue outside during the winter, but I added that category because we like to during warmer weather.
Though time consuming, there is a purpose behind all of this list making. And that is to come up with a general list of grocery items we use monthly so I can stock up better on food storage. More on that coming in another post!
Here are the new printable worksheets:
My Master Menus worksheet.pdf
My Master Menus blank worksheet.pdf
(these are free printables)
Weekly Focus Reminder!
Week #6 Feb. 5 - 11
Here is what we're working on this week:
Inventory: Count your shelf-stable snack foods. Recycle old boxes, and straighten that shelf.
Emergency Fund: Put aside the amount you decided on. Consider $2.00 per week per family member.
Water Supply: Continue to buy or fill water if needed. Work towards 14 gallons per person.
Food Storage: Buy 3 boxes of breakfast cereal per person or more. Use coupons!
Non-Food: 1 Toothpaste per person. Use coupons! At Dollar Tree it's $1.00.
72-Hour Kit: Add a travel toothpaste & toothbrush. At Dollar Tree for $1.00 with adult and kids-type toothpastes.
Auto Kit: Add a small pad of paper, and a pen to take notes. You could also put it up front in your car.
Go here for the printable February 2012 Food Storage Shopping list. Work on your food storage one bite at a time.