6 Weekly Menu Planner Templates

I have finally recouped from my amazing time at the SNAP conference in Utah this past weekend.  I am always so grateful when I go to those conferences because it is so wonderful to network with other like-minded bloggers and talk about issues that pertain to our niche…oh and act like middle school girls at summer camp in a photo booth! – Thanks Homes.com and ForRent.com.

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Do you recognize those girls: Home Stories A to Z, The House of the Smiths, All Things Thrifty, Vintage Revivals, Sawdust Girl, and The Idea Room?

So I started putting away all the free stuff from the swag bag and sponsor booths.  There was a company called Poppy Seed Projects that gave a laminated dry erase menu planner/weekly planner if you stopped by their booth. It looks like it is $7.95 on their site. I desperately need to start planning my meals better.  I do the 5:00 “oh-crap-what-are-we-having-for-dinner” dance every night.  With summer coming I know I get even more laid back with planning dinner.  If I don’t get my act together stat my kids are going to live on cereal for dinners….they totally wouldn’t mind.

I had some frames lying around that I purchased for $1 at Goodwill months ago.  A quick coat of Rust-Oleum Gray Primer and I popped the menu planning side into the frame.  Next I added some super strong ceramic magnets to the back.

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And then I attached it to my refrigerator along with a dry erase marker…

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If you didn’t want to purchase the one I have here are 6 really cute free ones you can resize and print to fit an 8” x 10” frame.  Don’t forget to laminate it so that it becomes a dry erase.

Weekly Menu Planner Templates

Left to right:

Smitten Blog Designs

Cupcake Diaries

Sweet Bella Roos

Mommy Hates Cooking

Heavenly Homemakers

Eat At Home

Do you have a system for menu planning?  I would love for you to share it in the comments.





  • http://www.sawdustandembryos.com Beth @ Sawdust and Embryos

    Hi Beckie! I’m SO jealous of all the fun you guys had at SNAP! Nick and I will be at Haven, so hopefully we can meet you there!

    About meal planning, we live IN THE BOONIES… so I go grocery shopping once a month. I wrote a post awhile back about how I keep track of our inventory and the list of meals we have ingredients for. I’m not a planner, so I’d rather just choose from a list of meals each day instead of planning them out a week (or month!) in advance. Here’s the link if you’re interested! http://www.sawdustandembryos.com/2010/06/grocery-grief.html

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Yep I will be at Haven. Can’t wait to squeeze your neck!

  • Jennifer Haag

    Ohh! What a great idea. I currently write out my menu plans on Thursday evenings on white paper and it goes up on the fridge for the week. I will say menu planning makes it so much easier for the week. Thursday’s I look at our next week and plan meals around what sports/times we need to be somewhere. If I didn’t we would eat fast food every night, which my kids would be totally fine with:) Not so much our budget though:)

  • http://nelsonsewing.com Nancy Nelson

    I literally laughed out loud at “I do the 5:00 “oh-crap-what-are-we-having-for-dinner” dance every night.” because I have been doing that for the last 17 years (that’s how old my oldest son is). I am in agreement though I have got to get a plan and quick, regardless of what the weather is telling us summer will be in short order. I will need to plan for lunches and dinners. I love your menu templates I am going to print some off and frame them in some old frames I too have from garage sales. Another option over laminating would be to put the glass in the frame and write on that. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas and more importantly your humor. Have a blessed day!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      I am glad to see someone reads my posts and doesn’t just check out the pictures. HA! Good luck finding your menu planning strategy.

  • http://www.maidtoshinecleaners.com/ Crista

    Yes, we consistently have this problem! I try to plan but get so busy. Food prep is just one of those things that does not take a lot of time, but I seem to skip. Thank you for the print outs!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      I am glad to know I am not alone. i am trying to make a more concerted effort at dinner time. If not the pounds tend to creep up.

  • http://cupcakediariesblog.com Alli Miller @ Cupcake Diaries

    Oh my heavens, thanks so much for including my menu planner in this bunch! Such an honor!! Totally thrilled over here. And PS, this post made me laugh right out loud. Glad I’m not the only one who goes, “What the crap?!” at 5:00 wondering what’s for dinner!! (And I’m a food blogger, for crying out loud!! ha ha)

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      HA! That is encouraging! I thought food bloggers always had A+ dinners. You are welcome. Thanks for the great printable to include.

  • http://www.sweetbellaroos.com Emily @Sweet Bella Roos

    Thanks so much for featuring my menu planner!! Love how you made yours into dry erase! I wanted to let you know the links don’t line up though, my planner is 3rd from the left. :) Thanks again!!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Ooops! All fixed. Thanks for telling me. :)

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  • Monica Williams

    So Cool! Where did you get your magnetic dry erase holder??? I am so doing this — already printed it out!!!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      So glad you like it, Monica! It is the Duck Brand Grip-It Grabbers. I found it on Amazon and then just glued a magnet to it.

  • Tania

    I use an excel spreadsheet that shows a couple months worth of menus going back. I put what we’re having each day as an all day event in my Google calendar so my phone reminds me the night before to take whatever it is out.

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Oooo love the phone reminder idea! Thanks!

  • Sherri

    My husband and I plan our meals. We write enough dinners for the week and then just pick one (we may have what I wrote for Tuesday on Friday, but it’s less thought). We sit down on Sunday morning and plan our meals for the week. I look at the grocery circular and clip any coupons from the paper, make our list and then as a family we head to the grocery store (all 4 of us, my husband, me, the 2 yr old, and the infant). We have always grocery shopped together and people find that strange, but this way neither one of us can complain that something wasn’t gotten at the store. Meal planning has really helped us avoid eating out. We are both teachers and exhausted when we get home and the last thing we want to do is try to figure out what is for dinner. When it’s a multiple choice question it’s a little easier. And now that we have a new little one (2 months today) it’s even harder to think about things when we get home because we are so busy with him and the toddler. We put our sheet in one of those plastic sheet protectors and use a dry erase marker and just magnet it to the fridge. I like one of your templates you posted, so thanks for that. I didn’t like the format of the one I had.

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      You are welcome! It sounds like you’ve got a good system going. Hopefully the printable will streamline things even more for you.

  • http://iamgwenee.blogspot.com/ Gwenee

    This is a brilliant idea!
    I did this and it was super easy and cute that I am doing the same thing for my To Do’s Board!
    I also blogged about this. ^_^

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Awesome! I’m so glad you gave it a try!

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  • Kyra Lynn

    How do I get the free template? I think I’m missing something?

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      The one I used I had actually gotten for free at the SNAP conference. I included the link where it is available for purchase. I shared six other free printables though. You can access them by clicking on the links at the bottom of the post. Hope that helps!

    • Maggie

      Right under where it says “left to right”… click on those links and you’ll be taken to the templates shown above.

  • Amanda Piper McClure

    My children have asked for input to the menus lately and I agreed. There are a couple of things we do in particular. One is that I try to have 1 beef, 1 chicken, 1 pork, 1 fish, and 1 vegetarian meal per week. We plan on a weekly basis. I plan sides as well. We look at the schedule for the week and decide how many nights we are going to need the crock pot. (Usually 3-4 in the school year and 1-2 during the summer.) We utilize the produce co-ops such as Provident Produce and Bountiful Baskets. With a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday pickup, this makes the following week’s side dish planning easy and budget friendly. If I am using marinades or rubs, I try to season and prep as much as possible on Saturday or Sunday afternoon. It usually takes about an hour. During the week, I can pull out each meal and have dinner ready in a minimal amount of time this way. Thanks for the templates! I am excited to have a few different ones to use!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Wow, Amanda! It sounds like you have an awesome system down. I am glad the templates can help. :-)