February 11, 2024  

Printable Meal Planner with Grocery List

This printable meal planner and grocery list is your ticket to knock out grocery shopping and weekly meals all on one page! Download this free printable here…

Printable Meal Planner with Grocery List

Ah, the dreaded question of “what’s for dinner?” Between being a mom, having a corporate job, running a business, and keeping all the plates spinning, there’s a lot going on around here. And I’d be totally lost (and eating a lot more fast food) without our weekly meal planning routine.

I’ve created a variety of printables and tools over the years, and they help me keep my head on straight and keep everything more organized. I started creating them for myself and love sharing them with you all…for FREE!

This printable meal planner and grocery list is perfect for a simple and basic weekly planning session. Print a few copies and keep them in a folder next to your cookbooks or clipped to a clipboard hung on the fridge. And use it to plan out the entire week’s worth of meals and a list of groceries you need for that weekly menu.

This free printable has a grocery shopping list and weekly meal plan all on one page, so you aren’t shuffling between different papers. This printable makes it easy peasy to jot down your meal ideas and then make a list of all the groceries you will need to prep those meals each day.

I am sharing the PDF for this free printable meal planner down below so you can download it and get planning! I hope you find it to be a helpful tool for keeping track of your family’s weekly meal plan.

Related – Want more meal planning tips?

You may also be interested in my Meal Planning Printable Kit. It’s a collection of printable planning pages to help you conquer mealtime!


Printable Meal Planner with Grocery List

This free printable weekly meal planner with grocery list is totally free for you to download and use! It’s designed as an 8.5×11 size so it can easily be printed on a home printer, or you could have a copy shop or office supply store print a few copies for you. You could even laminate a copy and use a dry-erase marker with it!

This digital download is designed to be printed and filled in on paper, but it is also set up as a fillable PDF if you prefer to type in the spaces first and print out the completed copy.

You are welcome to print this meal planning PDF as many times as you’d like for personal use, but please refrain from using my free downloads for commercial use.

Click the link below to download the digital file to your computer. If you don’t see the PDF, be sure to check your downloads folder!

By the way, if you want a larger variety of free meal planning and free grocery list printable, check out my Meal Planning Printable Kit! This collection of helpful planning sheets has different options and various styles of meal planners and grocery lists the you can use to get organized.

How to Use this Printable Meal Planner

I love how simple this weekly meal plan template is! All you need to do is plan meals for each day of the week, then check your pantry and fridge for the needed ingredients and write down everything you’ll need to purchase on the grocery list.

When you go to the grocery store, I think it helps to fold this printable down the middle hot dog style so you can focus on the grocery list. Then display the menu on your fridge when you get home so the whole family knows what’s for dinner.

Since this isn’t dated or pre-filled, this is an easy sheet to print out every week when you are planning out the week ahead. 

How This Printable Fits Into Our Weekly Meal Planning Process

To give you an idea of how to use this weekly menu planner, let me share how it fits into my weekly meal planning process! In our house, we typically only plan dinners and keep breakfasts and lunches super simple. 

On Sunday afternoon, David and I brainstorm meal ideas for the next week. We usually jot down ideas for different meals throughout the week, so we use those and any other ideas that family members come up and assign a meal to each day of the week. 

We always take our schedule into account and try to plan easy meals or slow cooker dinners for our busiest evenings when we don’t have tons of time. And we’ll often pick a more involved recipe or two for weekends when we have more time to spend in the kitchen (we save all of our old HelloFresh recipes and like to draw a random recipe card out of the stack to make on or own).

And with little kids who are picky eaters, we make sure our meal plan calendar includes quite a few of their favorite recipes while still mixing it up with some of our favorites so we also enjoy dinnertime and expose our kids to a variety of foods.

So we’ll take a copy of this weekly meal planner template and jot down what we’re going to eat for dinner every night. Then the next step is to go through each meal and check what ingredients we already have on hand and make a shopping list of everything we’ll need to buy at the grocery store. 

Taking a few minutes to go through the fridge, freezer, and pantry and look for ingredients first really cuts down on our grocery bill and reduces food waste, plus if I don’t do this I always think we have plenty of something only to end up with missing ingredients come dinner time.

The final step of creating our grocery list involves a quick glance through every cupboard and the fridge to see what snacks, cereals, and essentials we need to restock. This includes things like milk and bread, breakfast items, snacks, etc.

Once we’ve filled in the grocery list PDF, I use that to place an online grocery order. It’s super quick to add everything on the list to my cart, then I’ll quickly glance through my “frequently bought” items and make sure I’m not forgetting anything.

And I know some people don’t love it, but I swear shopping online for groceries is a huge game changer! It allows me to methodically go down my grocery list so I don’t forget anything (which always happens when I shop in the store!). My local grocery store offers free online ordering and curbside pickup with a minimum order and it’s seriously the biggest time saver and sanity saver for me.

Once we finish grocery shopping on Mondays, we now know exactly what we’re making for dinner every night after work and that we actually have all of the ingredients necessary for those meals. It’s such a good feeling to start the week out with a meal plan and a stocked kitchen!

More Tips for Weekly Meal Planning

1. Keep it Simple and Flexible

One of the biggest ways I see people fail at menu planning is by making it too complicated! If you know me, you know I am all about keeping things simple. Instead of a complex plan that’s set in stone for the entire month, I like to take things week by week. 

You’ll notice that this printable meal planner template is incredibly simple, and that’s intentional! Simply listing out what you’re going to eat for dinner for the next seven days of the week takes so much stress out of trying to come up with dinners on the spot when everyone’s hangry.

2. Use Themed Meal Days

If you’re new to meal planning or haven’t been successful at sticking with it in the past, I highly recommend meal planning with themed days. It makes this process even easier – and more fun! This is a really simple way to plan your menu, especially if you feel like you’re always eating the same things.

4. Plan For Contingency Meals

Even with a super organized meal plan, you’re still bound to have things come up that make it tough to make dinner and tempting to run through the fast food drive-thru. Contingency meals are super simple meals that you can make quickly with very little brain power. The key with these is that you always need to have the ingredients on hand — they’re essentially your backup plan that you can meal prep at a moment’s notice.

Our family’s contingency meals include spaghetti, chicken nuggets with French fries, boxed Mac and cheese, frozen pizza, and breakfast for dinner. And I rely on these meals on days when I get home from work late and don’t have much time, am sick or have a migraine, our planned dinner falls through because of a missing ingredient or something, or it’s just one of those days when the last thing I want to do is cook right now. 

I always keep ingredients for a few of our contingency meals on hand and they’re lifesavers! 

5. Make a List of Family Favorites

We all have those favorite meals! A good thing to do is keep a running list of these “make again” meals that are quick, easy, and loved by the whole family. These are great fallbacks when your mealtime creativity is in the hole. You can consult this list for ideas when you’re making your weekly meal plan, which is especially helpful if you feel like you never have dinner ideas.

With a meal planner printable, you can easily plan your meals and grocery list without any stress or hassle. This meal planning printable is an excellent tool for anyone who wants to get organized with meals instead of ripping through the drive thru every day. Download the meal planner printable today!

And if you’re looking for different designs, definitely check out my Meal Planning Printable Kit! It includes a large variety of printable PDFs that you can choose from to create a meal planning system that best fits your needs.

Related – Want more meal planning tips?

You may also be interested in my Meal Planning Printable Kit. It’s a collection of printable planning pages to help you conquer mealtime!

Have a fantastic day!

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About the author

Emily Counts is the founder of Small Stuff Counts, a home and organization blog she created in 2013. Her goal is to help moms make home life easier so they can create beautiful, organized, and thriving homes. She shares life at home as a mom juggling two young kids and being a working mom with a corporate job. The Iowa-based blogger lives in the suburbs of Des Moines, Iowa, with her husband, two children, and rescue dog. Emily has collaborated with brands including The Container Store, Cricut, Command Brand, Bissell, Sam's Club and Rubbermaid.

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