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Meal Planning the 1950′s Way

Posted By Jessica Fisher On May 22, 2008 @ 11:54 am In Meal Planning | 8 Comments

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I mentioned before that there are lots of different ways to approach meal planning [4]. I’ve experimented with different methods as seasons of life come and go. One way that I often fall back on is the Regular Weekly Menu, or in other words, Meal Planning the 1950′s Way.

Back in the days, moms often assigned a certain menu to each day of the week. Monday, for example might be “meatloaf night.” This is a great way to approach your planning, especially if you don’t love to cook, and your family doesn’t expect to eat something exotic every night. It’s kind of a no-brainer approach. (I need a lot of those opportunities since there’s only so much my brain can hold!)

With this method, you don’t really have to think too much about what you’ll be preparing, and your grocery list will be very similar every week. If you want a little more variety, you could come up with three or four different “week” plans and then rotate them. Keep your lists from week to week and you won’t need to redo them each time.

The drawback to this method is that it is a little more difficult to work from the sale ads [5]. But, it’s possible. I think this way works best when you’re not concerned with pinching every single penny. Alternatively, you could just make sure that what you include are budget meals to begin with.

Here’s a sample week’s menu with today’s ingredients:
Sunday – Meat (such as Pot Roast), Potatoes, Vegetables, Rolls
Monday – Pasta with Red Sauce, Green Salad, Garlic Bread
Tuesday – Tacos, Fruit Salad
Wednesday – Casserole (such as Mac and Cheese or Lasagna), Salad
Thursday – Hamburgers, Fries or Potato Salad, Carrot Sticks
Friday – Homemade Pizza, Green Salad
Saturday – Baked Chicken, Rice Pilaf, Steamed Vegetables, Biscuits

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