Even though they are listed by day, I change them around as I want to. Last night my boys felt that they wanted the twice baked potatoes instead of Taco Bake, so that is what we did. I like the list format for greater flexibility. Sometimes a meal needs to be prepared on a certain day, based on the schedule. I have more time on Sunday to make a bigger meal, so those don’t usually change.
Now that I have this dinner list. I then make my shopping list, based on the items I need to prepare these meals. I check my pantry, I look at the ads to see what is on sale, look through my coupons to see what I can get with those as well and then I try to hit just one grocery store for the majority of the items. Sometimes they don’t have what I need, so I will need to make a quick stop at a second location.
After the shopping is done, then for the food preparation that makes dinner time go even smoother! More to come…