How to Meal Plan Tech-Free
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So, in another post I talked about DIY Meal Planning the digital way, where I use the Mealboard app to plan and shop for our weekly meals. This post, though, is for those of us that like a physical, tangible paper that you can write on see without relying on a phone, computer, or tablet. In all honesty, I use both methods depending on what mood I’m in that week (I can’t help it, I’m a Gemini.) I really want to be all tech-savvy, but half the time I actually need something easily accessible right up in my face that I can touch and write on.
So what I created was basically my counterpoint to the Mealboard app. It’s pretty simple actually. It’s a paper that’s folded in half. I stick it to the side of the fridge with a magnet (crazy high-tech, huh?) Then throughout the week I use it to start our shopping list (things we’re out of, things we’ll need soon, staples, etc.) The list is already categorized for sections of the grocery store, and since I can be a bit OCD I have it ordered by the sections that I visit in my routine order. This makes it a lot more time efficient, because I’m not criss-crossing back and forth in the store for things I didn’t see on the list while I was standing in that section.
So when it gets to shopping day or the day before, I’ll go ahead and flip that paper over to the other halved side where the days of the week are listed. Then I can plan what meals we want for the week and what we want/need for lunches, breakfasts, snacks, too. Then I open up the page and add all the things I need for the meals I just listed onto the shopping list. I take the list with me to the store, and the rest is common sense. Anyway, I keep the meal planning side, so that when I get back home I can list all the things on the chalkboard we have on our kitchen wall. (This isn’t necessary, but I find that it eliminates the husband and kids asking me for an hour a day what’s for dinner because then they can just look at the wall for the corresponding day and see.)
So I know this method isn’t all glamorous and tech-ie, but for me it works if I’m not in the mood to deal with phone screens, tablets, or my computer. If you don’t like going the tech way, and would like to try this method out, I’ve got a .doc template that you can download and personalize any way you want. I put the basics in, but it’s totally editable, and you can change fonts, colors, and sections of the grocery store and order it any way you want (cut/paste.)
So how do you normally meal plan? Is it a challenge right now? Do you want to try the digital way? Let me know in the comments! And if you think this post will help another Mama out, please share!
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