#ThriftyThursday – My favourite meal planning templates from around the internet….

The Best Free meal planning templates from around the internet

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of meal planning – I even have a blog dedicated to all things meal planning related!

I used to write my meal plans down in a notebook but I found it’s actually easier to stick to if I have the week’s meal plan on display where everyone can see it so today, I thought I’d share with you my favourite ways to display our weekly meal plan.

I have a menu planner that I have up on my wall in the kitchen that we made a few years ago but it’s looking a bit past it’s best now so I may remake it using a different background paper – any wrapping paper is great for this or shops like Paperchase have some beautiful papers that are great for backgrounds for this:

Then I discovered a meal planning pad that was in the 3 for 2 stationery offer at our local Wilko (or is it Wilkinsons still?) and I treated myself to it as the ‘free’ thing.  It’s got a magnetic back so it’s on the front of my fridge and so far, I’m finding it really handy.  We’re also using it to write down Mr Frugal’s shifts at work and anything else important that I need to remember!


But you don’t have to buy a meal planning pad or make a menu planner to have a fancy pants meal planner on your wall because there are so many fab ones available on line for free.  Here’s my favourites:

Free meal plan download

Tip Junkie has some great free downloadable meal planners like the one above.


This one above from The Project Girl is a fab one to use if you plan breakfast, lunch and dinner each day.


Or you could try this one above, again by The project Girl, which is a great one if you only plan your tea each day.


This one above from Future Girl is one of my all time favourite menu planners because it’s so visual and different to most of the free templates that I’ve come across over the years.

meal planner

Another all time favourite of mine is this one above from Tip Junkie, I love the style of it and it looks great on the fridge door.

And if you still need some inspiration, you can check out my meal planning templates Pinterest board which is filled with lots of free templates and ideas to help you display your weekly meal plan:

Follow Cass bailey’s board Menu planners – including lots of free downloadable templates! on Pinterest.

Do let me know in the comments if you’ve blogged about your own meal planning template – I’ll be over to Pin it to the board if you leave a link x x 

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  1. Joanna says

    I made my own a few years ago now; a4 piece of plain paper, Sunday to Saturday down the left hand side in bright colours, then laminated it. I use a black whiteboard pen, and as it rubs off easily, changes can be made and there is no printing or paper waste :-)

  2. says

    Hi Cass,

    I love these templates, hope you don't mind if i pin this page. I have been using meal plans for ages and have found as a result in general both my family and I are eating much healthier foods. Your color coding if fabulous, really well done.

    Kind Regards Linda.

  3. says

    I just loved the title of the article as it attracted me at first but after reading the article thoroughly I find it really good and helpful. Your menu planner looks nice and all the samples of templates are really interesting and nice.

  4. Toddy says

    Has anyone found a decent meal planner app? I don't like cluttering up my normal calendar, would love an app.

  5. says

    Oh I love this. It never occured to me to find one on the web. I am trying to be more organised and shop once a week rather than every day and menu planning is the first thing I need to crack. Thanks for this, will make it SO much easier now.

  6. michelle twin mum says

    I literally just write day by day on a piece of paper and blu-tac it to the cupboard door. Dead simple but it works for me. Mich x

  7. says

    We have a fake chalkboard from Tint Me in our kitchen as a meal planner. Meal planning is such a simple and effective way to both save money and reduce waste.