Printable Weekly Meal Plan

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Today I’m sharing a printable weekly meal plan & Jif™ Bars as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. All opinions are my own. #TeamJif

Prepping and planning is a huge part of having successful days, weeks, and months, especially when we have hectic schedules. Without time set aside just to plan my daily schedule, meetings, shopping lists, and meals, it just makes the days more stressful and chaotic.

Free Printable Weekly Meal Plan Sheet & Tips for Successful Meal Planning

Planning out meals is extremely important for me. We have a large chalkboard painted on the kitchen wall that we write the week’s dinners on. However, that’s not enough. Between work schedules, kid’s activities, and school, this year I have gotten to a point where I need more structure with menu planning.


Free Printable Weekly Meal Plan

To go with all my other lists and schedules, I have started creating weekly meal plans. It is extremely helpful throughout the week to have everything written out to reference and not scrambling trying to come up with meals each day.

Every weekend I print out a weekly meal plan sheet I created. You can also laminate a copy and use a dry erase marker to make it re-useable (Thanks to reader R. Todd for that tip!).


Free Weekly Meal Plan Printable

Then, when I am checking my weekly schedules, I fill out the meal plan sheet. Here are 5 simple tips that have helped me with successful weekly meal planning:

  • Always keep a month’s worth of plans printed. If a specific meal comes up you or a family member may want one day, you can easily find a day to put it on in advance.

Jif Bars

  • I prefer filling out my meal plan while I snack. If I am planning on an empty stomach, I tend to have a hard time picking meals because I am hungry. I like to consume a snack that is a great source of protein, such as Jif™ Bars. The Jif Peanut Butter Chocolate Flavor Bars combine crunchy Jif peanut butter and a chewy granola bar, topped with a layer of chocolate.

Printable Weekly Meal Plan with 3 Meals & Snack section

  • I always reference my grocer’s weekly circular ad for sales and try to plan some meals around those products. It helps save a little money.

Tips for Weekly Meal Planning + A Free Printable

  • As I go, I can then make my shopping list. This makes a quick easy grocery trip and I am only purchasing things I need versus just a ton of food I hope we eat.
  • I also check what I already have in the pantry and refrigerator. Is there anything about to expire? Something I didn’t make last week? This helps with the grocery list as well, so I don’t over purchase.

Once the plan is done, I keep it on the refrigerator so when I go scrambling to make something, I remember that I have already planned out a meal.

Free Printable Weekly Menu Plan

Filling out a weekly meal plan has many benefits for my family. How often do you meal plan?

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8 comments on Printable Weekly Meal Plan

  • Dina

    I have just arrived at your web and it is so great to read them all as I am also a full time mom and wife too.

    • Samantha (author)

      Welcome! Glad you are here! Email me if you have any questions!!

  • Mick

    Love these meal planners. I have been using them for 8 months and I’ve lost 12 lbs!

    • Samantha (author)

      That’s awesome!! Great job!

  • R. Todd

    I love the layout. Simple and easy to read what’s on the menu at just a glance.
    Only thing I’m going to do differently, and maybe suggest to others, is to print and laminate my copy. That way I can use a dry-erase marker and make changes quickly and easily. Saves paper, time and the environment!
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Samantha (author)

      Thanks! And that is a WONDERFUL idea! I am going to do that as well :)

  • Christine

    Thank you for the printable! Love the lay out!

    • Samantha (author)

      You are welcome!

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