15 Handy printable meal planners you can download for free

Printable meal planners

Grocery shopping is getting scary. Everything is so expensive and feeding a family for a week is becoming a fine art. As a result, we need all the help we can get and my latest dollar-saving discoveries are printable meal planners.

Seriously, meal planning is a game-changer when you are on a tight budget and need to stretch your supermarket shop for a whole week, with no waste. Since carefully planning my family meals I have found:

  • I only have to go to the supermarket once a week which saves time and money on fuel and extra food (and once a week for the supermarket is quite enough for me, thank you)
  • I can do food prep at the weekend which makes the weekdays mildly less hectic
  • By planning meals we have a balanced diet, for us this is meat twice a week, fish once, and high-protein vegetarian dishes for the rest of the week
  • If I’m clever with my planning I cook food on weekdays that can be used for sandwiches or packed lunches the following day
  • Every food item on my shopping list is designated for a meal so nothing is left to go off, I hate waste
  • Every dinner is covered so there is less risk of reaching for the takeaway menu
  • When my kids ask what’s for dinner, I can tell them straight away and list the rest of the week too … win

See my list of handy printable meal planners you can download for free.

Handy printable meal planners you can download for free

1. Family Fresh Meals

Grab this free printable meal planner from Family Fresh Meals to make weekly meal prep easier. This is my top pick because everything you need is included like grocery lists, lunch box planner and even a pantry inventory.

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2. Printable Crush

Here’s a simple meal planner from Printable Crush that has a grocery list and a health tracker. You can easily track daily servings of fruit, veggies, protein, and water. It has a nice, fresh look too, don’t you think?

Printable meal planners

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3. Freepik

This is the meal planned I used when my girls were young. It’s a very simple one-sheet planner for each day of the week with a shopping list at the bottom … and lots of girlie colours and pics.

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4. Easy cheesy vegetarian

Easy Cheesy Vegetarian’s colourful meal planner is for mums who want to jot down meal ideas instead of full menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Perfect for when you’re still looking for inspo.

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5. Scratch to Basics

Here is another simple meal planner for writing down ideas and notes for your weekly meals. Instead of racking your brain to come up with a meal on the very day, I follow this guide to keep stress levels down.

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Free printable meal planner PDF

6. Canva printable meal planner

Canva has loads of free printable meal planners for busy mums. I like this one that looks like a calendar and has space for breakfast, snacks, lunch, and dinner for each day of the week.

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7. Bake Play Smile

One of my mates plans her meals waaay in advance, we always joke about it. This monthly dinner planner would be just the ticket for her. There are spaces to write down meal ideas for a full four weeks.

Printable meal planner

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8. Home & Hallow

I like Home & Hallow’s weekly meal planner which is very simple and minimalist. But the detailed grocery list is where it’s at, with boxes for different categories, from produce to household.

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9. Around my family table

This meal planner combines a menu planner with a shopping list in one printable. I love the calendar layout for each day of the week.

Printable meal planner

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10. Blogger Mummy

Blogger Mummy’s printable is another monthly meal planner for those who live for advance prep. It has five weeks of boxes for you to jot down notes and ideas.

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Sally Love is a pseudo single mum author who has been writing about single motherhood, separation and divorce for 8+ years. She has been a single mother for 10+ years and has two daughters, one of whom she co-parents and the other she solo parents. Sally has experienced all aspects of single motherhood from legal, financial, parenting, dating, travel as a single parent, re-partnering and re-building a career. She is an integral part of the Beanstalk community chatting and helping single mothers across the globe, as well as sharing her expertise, experiences and genuine reviews with major national newspapers and appearing on nation-wide television shows.

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