Free Printable Weekly Meal Planner for the Busy Mom

This printable weekly meal plan is perfect for the mom who loves flexibility. Without the rigid structure of a daily schedule, this meal planner allows you to mix it around as you please without having to erase and rearrange your planner all week long. Finally, a meal planner for the non-planners out there! (LIKE MEEEEE!)



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Want to know a secret about me? I am terribly unorganized! As much as I wish I wasn’t, I am pretty much the opposite of a type A person. I typically like to make decisions based on how I’m feeling in the moment—basically, I’m just not very good at following through with a plan.

I’ve printed and tried MANY weekly meal planners over the years and I have to tell you… nothing ever worked for me. Now that I have a better grip on who I am as a mother and a person, I finally understand why I could never use a meal planner. I don’t operate my life in a structured, rigid way, so why would I plan my meals for the entire week that way?

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Well, here it is guys… A cute and FREE weekly meal planner that isn’t rigid or structured at all! HOORAY! Keep on reading to see why I love it so much and how it works for me.

HOW THE PRINTABLE WEEKLY MEAL PLAN WORKS

You may be wondering how is this plan any different than the others? Well, the secret is not assigning meals to any specific days. I don’t know about you, but if I have spaghetti planned for Tuesday but it doesn’t sound appetizing that day… I’m probably not going to make it. Instead I end up making a meal I had scheduled on another day which then completely throws off my meal plan.

By making lists of the meals you are prepared to make for each time of the day, you can simply visit the list every day and choose what sounds good that morning. This way you don’t have to scratch out and rewrite meals when you juggle them all around. Maybe it’s just me, but that makes my spontaneous heart happy!

WHAT TO PUT IN THE NOTE SECTION

This weekly printable meal planner also includes a note section where you can make notes (duh) about the meals you have planned. Maybe one of your meals requires you to pull something out of the freezer the night before. Write that down so you aren’t caught unprepared for dinner when the chicken is still in the freezer at 5 o’ clock! (Been there maaaaaany times…)

You can also use the notes section to write down any snacks or desserts you plan to make that week. Honestly, this is YOUR weekly meal planner so you use it how you want to, mama!

HOW TO USE IT OVER AND OVER

Side note: Ink is expensive! Want to know a clever tip to use your printable weekly meal planner over and over without having to print a new one every week? Laminate it! Use a laminating machine like this one or get the self adhesive laminating sheets and forget the machine all together. Get a dry erase marker and use it over and over again. Stick it up on the fridge with a magnet for easy access so you never forget your options.

This simple and non-structured printable weekly meal plan has been a complete game changer for me. It gives me so much flexibility and it also helps me stay on budget by showing me what my meal options are for the week. No more expensive last minute to-go food runs for us!

Do you prefer a more rigid weekly meal plan or a flexible one? Let me know in the comments below… I can’t be the only one who needs that flexibility!

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