Monthly Menu Planning: Getting Started

Monthly Menu Planning

Why Monthly Menu Planning?

Our family has always strived to live below our means.

I have barely bought any clothes for my three littles due to the generosity of my wonderful mama friends and what we don’t use or have grown out of, we pay it forward.

We are mindful of our car usage and walk or bike to most places.

I love making homemade. Homemade gifts, homemade food, homemade cleaning products…where I can, I try to create it.

We grow our own vegetables in our kitchen garden.

My husband and I do not have a credit card.

These are just some of the ways we are saving money each month. But our grocery bill just seems incredibly high!

I am challenging myself to reduce our grocery shopping bill. I have heard that a once a month grocery shop can save time and money (music to my ears)!

I am sharing with you the very first step you need to have in place to begin once a month grocery shopping. It’s a really simple step but you need to set aside some time to achieve it.

You need a monthly menu plan of breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks.

Sit down when you have a chance to think without interruptions and write a list of your family’s favourite meals. What do you usually cook over the course of a month? Remember, you need to plan for all meals. This will be your master list of meals that you can pull from when monthly menu planning.

To help me plan a monthly menu I started with determining a dinner theme for each night of the week. We already had Movie and Pizza Night on Friday’s. BBQs have been a tradition every Saturday night over summer and fried rice with chicken wings is our winter tradition. I wanted a vegetarian night each week. My husband wants a fish night (or two), leaving only three more nights to theme.

  • Monday – Fish night.
  • Tuesday – Leftover night.
  • Wednesday – Vegetarian night
  • Thursday – Curry night and toasties/omelettes for the kids
  • Friday – Pizza night.
  • Saturday – BBQ night/ Wings n’ Rice night
  • Sunday – Casserole night

Not quite ready to leap into the monthly menu planning just yet I planned out the meals for one week. I looked through our pantry, fridge and freezer. My biggest concern with the monthly grocery shop is food going to waste because a meal wasn’t accepted by the kids. 

I will be looking very closely at these meals to determine which ones can be made in bulk and frozen. Eventually I would like to do once a month cooking too.
Our Weekly Menu
Monthly Menu Planning: Week 1


  •  Porridge
  • Smoothie and toast
  • Breakfast muffins and hot chocolate
  • Homemade Muesli and yogurt
  • Tapioca fruit bowl
  • Eggs and toast
  • Grilled fish with honey carrots and beans
  • Left-over night
  • Spinach and Feta FILO Pie
  • Chickpea and Vegetable Curry
  • Homemade Pizza Night
  • BBQ night or Sausage casserole
  • Chicken Pie


  • Slice of cake, muffin, cookie or slice
  • Carrot sticks and fruit
  • Dip
  • Cheese slices
  • Rice crackers
  • Delcectaballs
  • Dried fruit
  • Nibble platter
  • Berries or stewed fruit and yogurt

I hope you have found this monthly menu planning post useful! I am going to be posting more as I explore options for cutting costs for a large family. What tips do you have to share?

Yours in play,

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