Since January I've been actively working on feeding my family. Instead of scrambling every night to figure out dinner, I have a weekly menu established by Monday morning at the latest. It has saved me a lot of frustration and HUNGER.
Also, weekly planning means going to the grocery store is easier because I know exactly what I need to buy for the week. Plus, I think we eat more healthy because everything is thought out and we don't settle for fast food/convenience foods as often.
Kim mentioned these printables a while ago on her blog, and she got them from Artsy-Fartsy Mama. It's funny how a little piece of paper with designs on it helped me get so much more organized. I mean, I could just as easily write a menu on a blank piece of paper every week. But for some reason I never did.
Another nice element is that, like Kim, I can keep these pages for future reference. I three-hole punch them when the week is done and slip them into my recipe binder. It makes a big difference because I can read my notes on who liked what, or what wasn't good enough to have again.
There are still nights we go to Arby's and get roast beef sandwiches; there are still nights we make a pizza or eat pasta with sauce from a jar. There's nothing wrong with those nights! But, for our budget and our waists, I think it's important to eat at home as often as possible. Not to mention that Aspen focuses a lot better on meals when she has them in her own chair instead of at a restaurant.
The best part about all this is having Kev tell me how much he appreciates my efforts. What's better than coming home from a long day at work and knowing there will be dinner cooking or already on the table?