Weekly Menu Plan Notepad

Hi all!  I’m excited to be back, sharing another reason to skip the housework.  Even though you’d be skipping the housework to make this project, you can totally justify it.  In the long run, it will help with part of running the household right?!?!  I am the type of person that doesn’t mind cooking, I just hate coming up with something to cook.  I know that if I plan out the menu for the week we eat better and it is less stressful.  I like the idea of menu planners and know that different things work for different people.  This weekly menu plan notepad is really easy for me and  has made a big difference in our meal time prep.
Menu Plan Notepad with Detachable Shopping List

What I really love about it is that the shopping list is right there at the bottom of the list.  You can decide what you want to make and as you look at your list, add the ingredients you need right there on the same paper.  And once you’re done, you can just rip off the bottom half to go to the store and still have your weekly menu plan on your notepad.Menu Notepad 2

Here is how you can make your own weekly menu plan notepad.

First you can download the free printable in either black or color.  I just printed them out on regular plain white paper.  Once they are all printed, just cut them apart and trim around the edges.Menu Notepad 3

Once you have them all trimmed, take a few at a time and stack them up.  Then using a sewing machine, with out any thread, line up the needle with the lines running down the middle of your papers.  Then you just “sew” your paper down that middle section.

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Once you are done, you should have a line of holes down the middle of your menu plan paper.  As you can see, it doesn’t have to be super straight for it to work. 🙂

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You can leave them as individual sheets or make them into a notepad like I did.  To make a notepad, see the tutorial here. (It’s easier than you think.)

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Now that you have your menu and shopping list ready, you just tear the bottom half off where you “sewed” the paper, and take the list with you to the grocery store.

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Thanks for hanging with me today, I’d love for you to follow along with me.  You can find me:

Happy meal planning!


Looking for another idea?  Here are more weekly menu plan printables.

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10 thoughts on “Weekly Menu Plan Notepad

  1. LIZ…I absolutely LOVE this idea! Why didn’t I ever think to do that with the sewing machine? So smart! Thank you so much for being a contributor here. My readers are so lucky!

  2. This is GENIOUS! But for those of us who are not crafty in the sewing dept….. we are in trouble!

    I would highly encourage you to look into marketing this. I know I would buy it. I clicked on the link on pintrest hoping I could order it!

    Awesome idea!

  3. This is so awesome! I love how you made the notepad perforated with your sewing machine. I never would have thought to do that! Can’t wait to print this out. 🙂 Thank you! (Found you via Pinterest.)

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