Menu Planning – Time Saver for Busy Families – Giveaway CLOSED

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I might sound strange when I say this, but I love planning my weekly menus. What other time do I get to sit down, browse through my favorite cookbooks, magazines and blogs to focus 100% on food? I get to combine some of my favorite things with something that is useful for my family. It’s a win-win!

Planning out our weekly menu saves time and money for our family – and I love anything that can give me the results of more time and more money. Menu planning takes out the last minute “what’s for dinner” guess work you face when you don’t have a plan. It also eliminates the rush to the nearest fast food restaurant for dinner because you forgot to plan. With a plan in place I am more likely to stick to what’s on the menu, reducing the times we eat out. When I plan our menus out for the week and grocery shop, I head to the store with a specific list, which means I am less likely to impulse shop and spend excess money at the grocery store. Menu planning is key to the way our household runs. I love it when I do it, and dread it when I don’t.

My problem with menu planning through the years is having a system to do it. I’ve tried online programs, tried making my own system, have gone willy nilly without a real system and have had a difficult time incorporating something that fits all my needs… that was until I found The Organized Family Menu Planner.

The Organized Family Menu Planner is pen and paper…which is what I want for menu planning. It is a bright, beautiful, flexible binder with wide open spaces to write. Some of the features of The Organized Family Menu Planner are:

  • 52 weeks of Menu Planning worksheets with detachable two sided shopping lists
  • Favorite Meals list – so you can easily find what your family loves on days you might be stumped
  • Recipes section – a space to write down some of your favorite recipes
  • Special Occasions Planning Pages – includes event information, menu planning chart, guest and RSVP list and notes
  • Wipeable cover – important since it will spend most of the time in the kitchen!

If you want to take control of your household in the New Year can I suggest giving menu planning a try? The Organized Family Menu Planner retails for $20.00 and is the most ideal system for menu planning I’ve found to date. The good news is, they want to give one lucky Dine & Dish reader the chance to win The Organized Family Menu Planner.

Giveaway Details:

To enter the giveaway leave a comment on this post telling me what you love about menu planning or let me know what obstacles get in your way when it comes to planning your weekly menus.

For additional entries:

  • Tweet the following: “I want to #win The Organized Family Menu Planner to help me organize my weekly meals @dineanddish @lindsayGlowbaby ” Leave a comment on this post letting me know you completed this.
  • Follow @LindsayGlowbaby on Twitter. Leave a separate comment on this post letting me know you completed this.
  • Become a friend of Glow Baby (the creators of The Organized Family Menu Planner) on Facebook. Leave a separate comment on this post letting me know you completed this.

All entries must be received by midnight, CST on Thursday, December 22nd. Winner will be chosen via and notified via valid email address.

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Glow Baby however I truly love this menu planning system and am so excited to share it with you. All opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. says

    I want so badly to get the hang of menu planning. Part of our challenge is that our schedules can change in an instant and I’m not quite sure how to plan around that. But I want to. I’m tired of running to the grocery store each day so I have something to cook…when I have an entire house full of food.

  2. Amy B. says

    My obstacle to meal planning comes if I’m not able to do grocery shopping on Mondays – that throws the whole week off

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. says

    I have done meal planning successfully in the past, but always have to adjust for obstacles such as my husband working until 6:45pm and the kids not being very hungry, and sometimes it just isn’t worth the effort to make the meal I had planned. Unfortunately I have no way to plan for these things!

  4. says

    Menu planning is one of my favorite things. The problems I have (though we are not picky eaters) is that one person doesn’t like tomatoes and NO ONE, except me, likes beans.

  5. says

    I always meal plan. I make the market list on Saturday(typed. listed with the market name followed by the ingredients). The hubs does the marketing on Sunday am(after golf) and I spend Sunday prepping all my ingredients for the week! Makes life so much easier.

  6. Dena Hamlin says

    I love love menu planning, I have a hard time keeping it consistent though. And would like to be able to incorporate couponing at the same time. Save time and $$$

  7. Norma says

    As a mom of 4 in a household where the husband and I both work, we need to stay organized. I’ve tried online programs and the like, but for me a pen and paper always win. I keep my calendar the same way. I like things accessable in my kitchen. This looks like a great system!

    Thank you for giving away a copy.

  8. Laura G. says

    I enjoy planning our weeks worth of meals, it makes it so much easier to do the grocery shopping. I can be in and out of the store in no time.

  9. Jodi Pavlik says

    I struggle with mixing up my menus. It seems like I make the same things over and over! My family isn’t very helpful either when I ask them what they want for dinner this week!!


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