I've decided that we'll give yet another attempt at meal planning. This only makes the third or fourth time we've tried this.
What's a little different this time is that I'm beginning by making a kitchen inventory. It doesn't seem like such a daunting task until you get to the dry goods. Because, in the fridge and freezer categories, you can kind of fudge things by just using generalized descriptions. But, for dry goods you kind of have to be more specific.
However, if I want to meal plan effectively, it's something I have to do.
But, I really don't want to. There's dry goods all over the kitchen, hidden behind this or that. I want to pull my hair a little.
Anyway, I made a super simple kitchen inventory sheet using a spreadsheet program. If you want cute or fancy, there's tons of printables on pinterest. Mine is very utilitarian. As far as planning out the meals, I have a usable planner with large blocks for each day. I don't feel the need for a separate meal printable.
This should make it easier to save some money on groceries. It should also help us figure out what recipes and foods we use repeatedly. Helpful when trying to build up a rotating food store.