Free Meal Planners

Plan your meals in advance, and you'll be less tempted to eat out or to overspend at the grocery store. Here are some printable meal planning worksheets that you can use to get the job done. Choose the one that works best for you:

Weekly Meal Planner

Weekly Meal Planner. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Prefer to grocery shop once a week? Then, the weekly meal planner is for you. It has room to pencil in a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu for each day of the week.


Monthly Meal Planner

Monthly Meal Planner. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Need to plan out a month's worth of dinners? Then, the monthly meal planner is your go-to worksheet. It includes a large grocery list that you can tear off and take with you to the store.


Monthly Meal Planning Calendar

Monthly Meal Planning Calendar. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Want to plan out a month's worth of meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner? Jot everything down on the monthly meal planning calendar, and post it on your fridge. It also includes a tear-off grocery list that you use when you shop.


Make the Most of Your Meal Planner

Printer. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Pin your favorite meal planner, so you'll be able to go back and print it again and again, or print out a single copy, and laminate it, to make it reusable. Just write on it with a wet or dry erase marker. Then, clean it off to start fresh. You can also make it reusable by tucking it inside a picture frame, and writing on the glass with a wet or dry erase marker. That option will also allow you to give it a permanent home on your kitchen wall.

Spend Less Time Planning Meals

If you don't relish the task of sitting down to plan new meals each week, come up with a month (or a couple months) of meals. Then, laminate the sheets, and stick them in a binder. Just keep rotating through the sheets to keep meals interesting, and you won't have to make meal planning a regular task on your to-do list. You could even come up with 12 months of meals. Then, just reuse the plan year after year. That'll allow you to work in the foods that are in season and to plan meals around holidays.

Sound like too big of a task? Just come up with a meal plan for this month. Then, repeat the process next month. If you save your plans, rather than throwing them out, you'll have a custom meal plan by the end of the year.

Want more printables like these? Be sure to grab a copy of my printable household notebook while you're here.