Many things in life can be uncertain. But, after 30 years as a homemaker, I can say one thing is always certain: The family needs to eat.
Over the years, I’ve developed a system for grocery shopping and meal planning.
And, today, for the first time ever, I made my own printable grocery list and meal planner set.
I wish I would have done this years ago!
This is the exact way I’ve put together lists – but up until now, I started from scratch with plain paper. Hopefully this will simplify everything – and I welcome you to use them, too.
Let’s have fun getting meal time organized in our homes!
How to Use the Free Printable Grocery List + Meal Planner
Print off your free printable meal planner template + printable grocery list
I’ve put 5 free printables together in this meal planning & shopping list set. It includes:
- a printable grocery list
- printable grocery list by category
- weekly meal planner
- monthly meal planner
- list of freezer meals
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Start with meal planning first
I find the easiest way to put together a grocery list is to start with the meal plan first. Depending on how you prefer to shop and cook, I’ve included both a weekly meal planner and a monthly meal planner.
Since we were newlyweds, I’ve mostly planned meals by the month. I did that for 2 reasons:
- It meant less trips to the grocery store (which was a bit of a venture in our rural location).
- It saved money and stress in the long run!
Now that it’s just the two of us and our pantry space is more limited, I tend to do weekly grocery & menu plans more often now.
Plan with freezer meals in mind
I absolutely love doing bulk cooking and putting away freezer meals to use later.
With that in mind, I’ve included a printable freezer meal list -if you’d like to record meals you put in the freezer, along with the dates you put them in.
I also put them in categories – as that’s how I do it. If you want some ideas for great freezer meals, here are a few:
Soups & Crock Pot Meals:
- Taco Soup
- White Chicken Chili
- Sausage & Tortellini Soup (don’t freeze it with the tortellini in it)
- Sweet & Sour Sausage
- Creamy Carrot Soup (but don’t freeze it with the cream!;)
Casseroles/ One Pan Meals:
- Beef Burritos
- Chicken Chimichangas
When I do freezer meals, I tend to make more than one each at a time, so there can be lots of meals tucked away!;)
Take stock of your pantry and refrigerator as you make your grocery list
Once I have the menu planned, I start making my grocery list.
For years, I’ve created categories in my grocery list based on the layout of the store I shop at the most. I’ve included that exact category list as a printable, if it helps you, too.
If your store is arranged differently, though, I included a blank printable grocery list that you can put your own categories in.
When we were in a hurry grocery shopping for the month, my husband and I would use the 2 cart shopping method. I would cut the list in half. He would start at one end of the store. I’d start at the other, and we’d finish in half the time! It worked like a charm…
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