Since I'm all stocked up from Costco, my meal planning and shopping for this week is going to be really simple. This is where I keep track of it, on a dry erase board that's taped to the side of my fridge:I keep my meal plan on the sidebar at mandajuice, but this is where I keep it in the kitchen. I make meals out of the meat I've purchased and then make a list of the ingredients I'm missing. Pretty simple.
I also keep separate shopping lists for different stores. F-M is Fred Meyer, which is the only place I can find orzo pasta, Max Factor mascara (the ONLY brand in the universe worth using!) and where I most like to buy my produce. W-M is Wal-Mart where I like to buy their store brand crack punch/cancer juice (Crystal Light), lean ground beef (least gristle of any brand) and that awesome all natural Jimmy Dean sausage. Target is Target, obviously and I mostly just have some stuff to return there when I get the chance.
The rest should be pretty straight forward except that FEND means I make something easy for the kids and Dave and I fend for ourselves. I also like to keep a little list reminding me what I have available for lunches, so I don't get bored/desperate/lazy and grab a burger (like I did today while we were out).
Do you meal plan weekly? Monthly? Never?
Also! Don't forget to tell me how you'd spend $1000. I need some ideas!