It's about time for a meal planning/budget update don't you think?
One issue that I kept facing with meal planning is keeping track of what meals I was planning. I know that sounds silly, most people would make a list that is their "meal plan." I normally take a quicker route by choosing recipes and just going straight to making a grocery list with the ingredients. On my grocery list I will write where the recipe is from, like a book and a page number, or website, or what-have-you. This wasn't the best way to do it as I would often be missing the list by the time I was home from the store (mostly due to having a nearly 2 year old in the cart who wanted to hold it).
I finally came up with the best solution to this problem while still not taking up much additional time. I now have a folder in the "bookmarks toolbar" of my browser called "weekly recipes." Now I put all of the recipes associated with my grocery list in this folder. That being said, it does only work for recipes I can find online, but oftentimes I can find the same recipes that I have in a magazine or book online. When I can't, I just dogear the page and try not to forget. It's been working out pretty well so far. I know I could do it other ways that would work better, like by charting an actual meal plan page, but I like taking this quicker, easy way out. I would like to get back into the habit of writing my meals for the week on my pantry door chalkboard though. That always suffers the risk of being erased by a child though. Hashtag momlife, am I right?
How is your meal planning/budgeting going?