Meal Planning Binder Series: Weekly Menu Planner | Mini Van Dreams #printables #organization #mealplanning

Meal Planning Binder Series: Weekly Menu

After Don had his cancer surgery, things were tight money-wise.  One of things I did to save money was to create a weekly menu plan and base my grocery list off of what we were having to eat for the week, rather than go willy-nilly at the grocery store.  Since then, I have completed a meal plan each week and used it for grocery shopping.  Now that we are eating healthier, I decided to start a Meal Planning Binder for the kitchen – complete with meal planning sheets, grocery lists, and recipes.

Meal Planning Binder Series: Weekly Menu Planner | Mini Van Dreams #printables #organization #mealplanning


I wanted to share this Meal Planning Binder with my readers – FOR FREE.  I will be sharing a new printable each Friday until you have your own Meal Planning Binder for yourself!  Along the way, if you want certain sheets – let me know, so I can create them!  You might need a certain section that I haven’t even thought of… so, share your thoughts!  Of course, you can use these printables by themselves also!  Today’s Meal Planning Binder Printable is…

Weekly Menu Planner


Menu Planning Binder Series via Mini Van Dreams


This section of the Meal Planning Binder is pretty self-explanatory.  You will use this worksheet to create your menu for the week.  Breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners.  If I am using a specific recipe, I usually jot down a little note on the specific day with the page number and cookbook name.  Depending on how organized you want to get, you could reuse these on a rotation – once a month or what have you.  Personally, I just keep them for meal ideas when I am stumped for something “different” or “new”.

To create your own meal planning binder, you will need the following supplies:

  • 1″ ring binder
  • Divders with tabs
  • Hole punch (I recommend a three-hole punch to make it easier)

Setting up your binder is easy!  Print several of these weekly menu planners and punch holes to fit in your binder.  Create a divider labeled “Weekly Menu”.  Place the divider and your weekly meal planners in your binder.  Your first section is done!

Next Friday, I will be sharing a grocery list printable.  You will use your weekly menu planner to create your grocery list, focusing only on items you need to make your various meals.

This week, I challenge you to give weekly menu planning a try.

Click here or above to get your free weekly menu printable.

See you next week!

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  1. Wonderful idea 🙂 Pinned to our meal planning board. Pls stop by our Snickerdoodle Sunday sometime!

  2. Catherine Brooks says:

    That’s a great plan Julia!

    I appreciate the article!

    What helped me in my weight loss journey to get more consistent and motivated were reading articles, blogs and books over the internet.

    If it is not allowed to post links here, you may remove it.


  3. Ack, my meal planning has to be very different than most. I can plan every week, yet still not have anything ready for dinner. It is ridiculous how many times our plans change during a day, thanks to coaches changing schedules, someone getting injured, a last-minute addition to the schedule. I have to simply have a lot of options in the house at all times in order to whip something together if I have to.
    Good for you, getting this all put together and using it to help you eat healthier and for less money.

  4. I swear we are twins separated at birth.

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