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In yesterday’s post (I Hate Meal Planning!  But It Sure Does Save Money) I came clean about the fact that I struggle with meal planning.  So of course you know I’m gonna find some resources to help me out!  Here are a bunch of helpful articles about how to meal plan.  They do not include information about freezer cooking; nor do are there any actual meal plans — these posts are strictly about HOW TO DO IT.  Each one adds a new great idea or two to the process, so that we can develop systems that work for us.

A list of the best resource articles from around the web about how to do meal planning. Many ideas means you'll find at least one that's right for you!

The Non-Planner’s Guide to Menu Planning — This sounds like just what I need, lol.  Seriously, though, this is a flexible way to deal with having food ready for meals so that you don’t have to plan too far ahead.

5 Ways to Simplify Meal Planning — Ideas to keep things simple but also give variety.

How to Create a Meal Plan that Saves You Money — Which is a good distinction.  Just meal planning may not save much money, if you’re not doing it with that in mind.

Free Meal Planning Printables — Of course there are tons of meal planning printables all over the internet.  This article has a variety in one place, so that’s why I’ve included it here.

Free Meal Planning Printables — No, this is not a typo.  In case you couldn’t find anything you liked in the first set of printables, here’s another great selection.

Choose a Meal Plan Method — This article reviews several ways of meal planning, so you can get an idea of which might work best for you.

More on Meal Planning — This is actually an update from a previous post on Just Sweet and Simple (although the first one is great, too); here she introduces several ideas to simplify what she was doing before.  I love the idea of making a double batch of one meal per week.

Once a Month Meal Planning — Not JUST how to plan, but LOTSA meal ideas… and the innovative idea of changing themes each month, which I had never thought of before.

Meal Planning in 6 Easy Steps — Each of these articles has a slightly different take on how to meal plan.  By reading several of them, I am combining many ideas to find a method that will fit me best.  Here she just plans several meals without assigning a specific day, then chooses which one to make as she goes along.

How to Make a Clean Eating Meal Plan — again, something just a little bit new here makes this article worth reading.

Menu Planning Tricks — These are helpful suggestions for when you are stuck on your menu plan.  I may use the last one a little bit too often, however…

How to Create a 30-Day Meal Plan Rotation — this is similar to my Two-Week Meal Planner in that you can use the same plan over and over.

Paleo Meal Planning: A How-To — I love this blog name: Stupid Easy Paleo.  That sounds right up my alley, especially the “stupid easy” part!  This article mentions a “weekly cook-up” that intrigues me.

Are Meal Planning and Saving on Groceries on Your 2015 Goals List? — I try to avoid putting links for products on here, but this article is not JUST a product plug; there are great suggestions for meal planning — mostly regarding how we think about it — that are worth a read.

How to Use Pinterest to Meal Plan — Hmmm, now this is a unique idea: make menu plan boards on Pinterest.  Hmmmm…. *gears going ’round*

The Meal Planning Secret — Wow, this one resonates with me.  But you’ll have to click through to see what the big secret is!!  Muahahaha!


Track of the Week: I’m having trouble coming up with a song about food, oddly enough.  So I decided on Tea for Two from Doris Day’s movie by the same name.  You can’t go wrong with Ms. Day crooning a classic. 🙂

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Ann Karako

Ann has been homeschooling for 18+ years and has graduated four children (one more to go). She believes that EVERY mom can CONFIDENTLY, COMPETENTLY -- and even CONTENTEDLY -- provide the COMPLETE high school education that her teen needs. Ann's website,, offers information, resources, and virtual hugs to help homeschool moms do just that. Ann has written Cure the Fear of Homeschooling High School: A Step-by-Step Manual for Research & Planning, and she founded the popular FB group called It's Not that Hard to Homeschool High School. She and her family, including two dogs and three cats, live in rural Missouri.

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