Monthly Meal Planning


Fear not I have not given up on my No-Spend Challenge and I am chugging along. Day three was not as inspiring as my kitchen purge. In fact day three at LWSP is something I do every month. This revolves around monthly meal planning.

Day three is Meal Ideas, I have a whole book full of tried and true budget friendly recipes my family loves. I keep them in a three-ring binder.


Inside I have it divided into sections; this month’s recipes, breakfast recipes, lunch recipes, dinner recipes, and dessert recipes. I used file folders I got 3 for $1 and hole punch them. Inside the This month’s recipes file folder I have blank grocery lists that I found at Hello Cuteness. This way I can make out a shopping list of thing I need that I may have run out of.


I spent an hour going through my inventory list and my recipes and finding recipes that I could do with the thing I had on hand.  I got this blank monthly menu template from Hello Cuteness and I laminated it. (I made two) I don’t see it anymore under their freebies. Any blank calendar template will do. I write all the dinner meals down and the recipes are there if I get sick/away they can continue on.

My friend Michelle was worried about how I would survive on eating out of my pantry and trying not to buy. She even commented a few days ago “I was worried about you when you couldn’t buy anything for a month – I feel better now that I see you have a stock pile like that. Good luck with your challenge! Let me know how it goes!”

I have a grocery budget for the month, but it is tight so the less I have to spend the better. I have a budget of $200, of which I have spent $28.11. Once that money is gone, it is gone. I will not dip into other parts to buy food.

I don’t think I will do day four as it is a meal swap and I don’t know anyone who wants to do this close by.

I asked the question to the Living Well Spending Less Facebook page on what everyone does with their inventory lists once they have them completed. I had a few responses and decided this would work best for us.


I am hanging the clipboard with the list on it in the corresponding pantries.


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