Home Management Binder: Menu Planning/Master Grocery List

by GettingFreedom on September 18, 2009

What would be a Home Management Binder without a Menu Planning section? Check out this post for some Menu Planning tips and tricks if you are still new to the game.

This section is still a work in progress. My goal when it is finished is to have a complete Master Grocery List, and a Monthly Menu Plan to fall back on–in those busy, crazy times when I just do not have the time to come up with a plan.

This is my the cover page for this section. Feel free to Click Here and print yours.

Behind my cover page is extra notebook paper for me to write down meals, side dishes or desserts that I come across during the day, that I want to try. If I find them on the internet, I will either save them in my favorites or Stumble them so I can find them later. If I find it in a cookbook, I will go ahead and write down the cookbook and the page so I can easily find it again, when it makes “the plan.”

After the notebook paper, I have the always-work-in-progress Master Grocery List. Just when I think I have it down, I think of something else, or decide to do something differently. My goal with this list is to incude everything that I buy on a regular basis, as well as price points that I consider to be a good stock up price. I’ve just recently re-done the one I was using, and I’m not so sure that this is exactly what I am looking for either. I found my current template off of our Excel Program, and have just went in and customized it to work for me.

I’ve also included a few extra Weekly Menu Plan sheets just in case I am able to fill it in before the week comes up. I’m currently using the free printable that MomAdvice offers, but Orgjunkie recently linked to a bunch of menu printables and I think I found a new one that I might like better.

Once the current plan is figured out, it gets transferred to my dry erase board that is displayed on my refrigerator. I’ve really come to love this thing–it is much better than the calendar system I used to use. Plus, it is pretty! I found it at Wal-Mart for $1, up by the cash registers. If you are unable to find one–I have a few extra. ;)


Nothing too complicated, which makes it easy for me to keep with it. I was hoping to have my Master Grocery List and Monthly Meal Plan completed to share, but I’m just not quite there. Yet. ;)

Do you have a Master Grocery List or Monthly Menu Plan?

If you have a Home Management Binder, I would love to see your Menu Planning/Grocery Section. Link up!

**If you’re walking along getting your binder set up, next week I’ll cover the Finance Section. For a complete schedule, check out the BlogFrog or Facebook Fan page in the blog sidebar.**

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Stephanie September 18, 2009 at 11:52 am

Ooh I like that menu planner you linked to! Nice!

I have a goal of having a master list, but I don't have it yet. As a matter of fact, my binder is still sitting here by my computer waiting to be edited. I'll share it when it is done!

I think Titus2.com has a master grocery list that you can print, which I am thinking may be helpful to get me started. It seems like such a hard thing to get started but I am sure is worth the effort!

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Amy @ Finer Things September 18, 2009 at 1:22 pm

Lovin' that menu board. ;-)

My binder is a work in progress. I really hope for it to be fully functional soon. Need to SCHEDULE time to look at it each day, I think. Have to make it a habit.

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Rachel @ Life in #3 September 18, 2009 at 3:44 pm

I love the idea of creating a master shopping list and monthly meal plan. Since I just started my menu planning binder, I might add a section like that! Looking forward to reading the rest of your posts on these subjects.

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jenelljm September 18, 2009 at 5:45 pm

My master shopping list is on my blog under Staples. I buy 2 of everything, when I open the second item I put that item on my shopping list, since I live in a rural area it insure's I never run out of anything I can makes everything on my Menu's list with everything from my Staples list !This helps me to do just once a month shopping aside from fresh produce !

http://www.homemakingaffordable.blogspot.com

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Aiming4Simple September 19, 2009 at 5:53 am

Weekly menu plans I have done for a long time; this month I finally plotted out a monthly menu plan and it has been wonderful! I still make a weekly plan too, but planning a whole month at a time means I can easily find a backup option from the monthly menu when I need it.

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Tara Rison September 23, 2009 at 2:07 am

I have to thank you! I followed your direction and set up a Home Management Binder and it has helped me tremendously. I even have my husband using it to look up info!

Love that little wipe board. My fridge would make a lovely home for an extra one that you may have :)

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boysmum2 January 28, 2010 at 8:22 am

I have just found your blog now, and although you wrote this months ago I just had to comment.
I have a monthly (4 week) menu for our family. I wrote down all the dishes we like and then fitted them in a menu so we were not eating chicken two nights running etc. I then made up a shopping list ensuring that when I went shopping each week I got everything I needed for that weeks menu. I also divided all the cleaning products etc between the 4 weeks so I was checking them regularly and not running out. It means I am not randomly buying things each week, I am only buying the essentials that are required. I have yet though to get brave enough to shop with cash with the amount set in our budget!

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Reba August 1, 2010 at 10:06 pm

You ALL have got to check out http://www.mealtimemakeover.com for $5 a month they have it ALL!!
A meal plan for a month & get this a shopping list!!!!!!!
(even divided by a general location…so send the hubby!)

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