How much time do you spend wondering what’s for dinner? How about the sporadic spending because you are just too tired to cook? I’ve been there too many times to count and declare that this must stop!
No more last-minute dinner decisions when you plan your meals using an inventory meal planner!
…did I mention it is a free download.
Picture this. You’ve worked an 8 or 10 hour day and are heading home and start dinner. You’ve forgotten to take out hamburger for spaghetti night and the only sauce in the cabinet is the kind the kids won’t eat. Now what? Do you throw in the kitchen towel, order take-out or throw the hamburger under hot water while you head out to the store?If this sounds like your house then we’ve got something in common. We need a better way to plan meals ahead of time.
“What’s for dinner?” is a problem that has plagued every kitchen in the world. Unless you plan your meals ahead of time, putting together a healthy meal can be discouraging when you have to wait on hamburger to thaw or need to run to the store for a missing ingredient.
Many of my kitchen dilemmas started with a need for some type of organization. In this case, knowing what I have in the freezer and cabinets ahead of time has certainly helped in planning our meals and avoiding last-minute dinner take-out decisions. An inventory meal planner helps me plan meals in advance while also keeping the staple items in stock too.
Here’s how I use my inventory meal planner. One night a week (usually on Friday night because we go shopping on Saturdays) I got through our deep freezer, fridge and cabinets and make a list of what I have and write it down on the planner. Then, I pick recipes for the upcoming week that fit our schedule. During the summer, we grill out. During winter months there are usually more crock pot recipes. Once you know what you have and what’s for dinner, make a grocery list of what you need. That’s meal planning at its finest.
Reasons to use an inventory meal planner to plan your meals in advance.
Get your free download at the bottom of this post.
Know what you have:
Knowing what you are working with will avoid forgetting to take out something for dinner. It will also avoid unnecessary trips to the store for a forgotten pound of hamburger.
Save by planning your shopping trips:
Avoid unnecessary purchases at the store when you shop with a list. Sticking to a grocery list will keep you on track for what you need for each meal.
I am a coupon shopper and having done this for years, I know there will be rotational sales on certain items I buy for my household. With an inventory meal planner, I can plan around what I have and what I know is going on sale to come up with a list of meals.
Keep items in stock:
With an inventory meal planner, you get an advance look at what you have vs. what you need. Here are a few of the staple items we always have around in the kitchen.
- baking soda
- salt and pepper
- cooking oil
If you are having trouble sticking with a meal plan, here are a few tips that have helped me.
- Make a list of meal ideas that you know your family will love.
- Designate a certain day of the week where you plan meals.
- Keep a dollar store whiteboard with magnets stuck on your fridge. Write down what you ran out of and need to get on your next grocery trip.
- Use a coupon match-up service to plan around weekly grocery circulars. I wrote a post on using coupon match-ups and you can read it here.
Download your copy of my inventory meal planner and save yourself from last-minute take-out plans!
Please provide your name and email address for your free download.
Download Tip: Check your inbox after you hit submit. My downloads come from TheHotMessKitchen–Downloads. If you are new to my downloads, they might go to spam since you have not gotten email from me before. I don’t make the rules, I just follow them. So, check your SPAM folder and get me outta there!