Meal planning can be an excellent way to save money, and keep your family from eating out when necessary.
However, sitting down at the kitchen table with all your cookbooks, recipe binders, and printed out recipes can make meal planning stressful!
In addition to trying to flip through all of these papers, where are you supposed to put them all!
I’ve been meal planning for my family for years now, and until recently never even considered paperless meal planning!
Paperless meal planning has made meal planning easier than ever!
Here is how you can meal plan paperless too!
Set Up Meal Planning Boards On Pinterest
For those of you who are short on storage space, or like the flexibility of meal planning on the go, this is an excellent option for you!
Pinterest is a gold mine for recipes of all different types.
First, start by creating boards for your recipes. If you don’t want everyone else to see them, you mark them as secret so only you can see them.
You can organize your boards by mealtime, cook time, main ingredient, or however you’d like.
When it’s time to start meal planning, open up your Pinterest account and search for your recipes in the search bar, or look through your boards for inspiration!
Save Your Recipes Using Evernote
One of the downsides to Pinterest is that at any time a blogger can take down their website and your recipe might be gone forever!
Evernote is a great way to save your recipes all in one program without needing to worry about them ever again!
You will need to install a web clipper application to keep your recipes, or you will have to type them in manually.
Once you’re in Evernote, you can create notebooks for each category you would like to save them under.
When you find a new recipe, all you have to do is store them inside one of the notebooks!
It is as easy as that! You can even save your meal plans here for future use.
Use An App On Your Phone To Meal Plan
Whether you have an Apple or Android device, you can still download one of the many meal planning apps to do your meal planning.
Not only is this a great way to reduce meal planning paper clutter, but you’ll have it handy on your phone when you go shopping!
Apps can make meal planning easier by organizing your recipes, helping you find new ones, and even create a grocery list for you.
Here are some of my favorite must-have meal planning apps (the best part? All of them are free):
Use Google Calendar To Manage Your Meal Plan
Sign into your Google account and click on the Calendar option of the homepage.
You can click on month or week at a glance to see everything you have planned for the week right there on your calendar!
In addition to your primary calendar, you can also have a sub-calendar which works perfectly for meal planning!
If you want to see them together, you can click them as well!
To create a meal planning calendar, all you need to do is hit create new on my calendar, and start entering in your meal plan!
You will need a separate place to store your recipes, but you can use Drive or another program for this.
Use Google Drive To Hold All Of Your Meal Plans And Recipes
If you don’t have many recipes to store, you can use Google Drive to save all of your recipes and meal plans!
You can store up to 15 GB for free per Gmail account, so you can use more than one account if needed.
All you have to do is upload all of your recipes by either scanning them, or saving them as a PDF, and add them to a folder of your choice.
When you are ready to meal plan, you can type your recipes into the search bar to find something specific, or look through the folders.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to have a dozen cookbooks, printable worksheets, and recipes printed out to put together a great meal plan.
With so many resources at your disposal, save your printer ink for couponing or something else!
YOUR TURN: Do you enjoy using your computer? Would this be an easy way for you to keep track of your recipes? Let me know in the comments below!
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