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As a mom, I know that feeding a family and staying on budget can be HARD.

Grocery prices are soaring, and families all over the world find themselves struggling to continue to provide delicious and nutritious meals for their children.

When you have an entire family to cook for, it can be challenging to just “eat cheaper things,” because we all know how picky some kids can be.

The real secret to saving money on groceries isn’t always having to clip coupons, buy only store brand food or eating only cheap frozen or fast food meals. It’s actually sitting down and planning out your meals so you aren’t wasting money on food no one is even eating!

But when you've never tried to tackle meal planning before, where do you even start??

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Learn how to be successful with meal planning

Making dinner every night while staying on budget can feel stressful, but it’s doesn’t have to be! The Ultimate Budget Meal Planner printable set has everything you need to stay on top of monthly and weekly meal planning to help you save more!

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Here's what you'll get in the ultimate budget meal planner:

This isn’t your mama’s meal planner! You’re going to love the options and flexibility included in this PDF printable planner. Make meal planning a breeze with this printable planner. Just print the pages that you want to use. This planner is yours to use for your home and family however you would like.

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Hey there! I'm Siobhán!

3 years ago I started “Mimosas & Motherhood” to create a space to encourage and uplift other mamas. Along the way, I realized that my dorky passion for budgeting and meal planning could be a great way to help other families.

Over the past few years, our grocery spending has been one of the most consistent ways we have been able to cut our expenses. We feed our family of four for under $350 a month, and one of the biggest ways we stay on track is by using this very meal planner that I’m sharing with you! I originally created this to help my own family, and I’m excited that it can help yours, too.

Ready to get started?

Make Meal Planning a Breeze and Save Hundreds of Dollars Each Month On Your Grocery Bill!

Worried that you don’t know where to start with budget-friendly meals? I’ve also enclosed the full, step by step directions for 10 of my most popular budget recipes:

  • Classic Baked Ziti
  • Instant Pot Whole Chicken
  • Baked Potato Bar
  • Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders
  • Slow Cooker Taco Soup
  • Sheet Pan Pancakes
  • Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas
  • Slow Cooker Sausage & Tortellini Soup
  • Bacon Tater Tot Casserole
  • Simple Slow Cooker Pot Roast
Each of these can be made for under $10, and are designed to feed at least 4 adults!
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  • Use this planning to map out your month of meals in advance, using recipes you love or the included $10 recipes for inspiration.
  • Each week, solidify your meal plan and make your grocery list from that.
  • Post your weekly meal plan somewhere you can easily see it (like the fridge).
  • Once a month, cleanout your pantry to make sure you use up food before it expires!
  • Not sure what to make? Included are 10 step by step recipes that feed at least 4 adults for under $10 to help you plan quickly!

The Ultimate Budget Meal Planner has you covered with a printable page for every step, and you can snag it for just $6 (regularly $15) in the next 20 minutes. This is the only time you’ll ever see this price so grab yours now!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Sitting down and creating a real meal plan for one person can be tedious, not to mention when you’re trying to create one that works for an entire family!

As a mom of toddlers, I know from experience how important it is to have the right tools to be successful with meal planning. This printable PDF is customizable and easy to tweak for YOUR family, budget and special needs. 

By using the Ultimate Meal Planner, I’ll show you how to strategically choose meals that bless you with leftovers (which helps you save more money); pick recipes based on common ingredients (and looking at what you already have in your fridge, freezer, and pantry so you aren’t wasting food); assemble a list of recipes your family loves that you can easily pull from; and cook things you really want to eat (because meal planning doesn’t work if your family doesn’t actually want to eat any of the dinners you plan).

When we first started meal planning, it was just me and my husband. We crunched the numbers, and between groceries, takeout, my Starbucks addiction and eating out, we were spending on average more than $800 a month on food.

Now as a family of 4, we spend less than $350 to feed ALL of us. And we still get to order delivery! The key is that we use this planner to help us save money for the majority of the month, so that we can still enjoy those “extras” we love.

Meal planning can be time consuming and tedious when you don’t have the tools you need to do it quickly, easily and successfully. That’s why I created the Ultimate Meal Planner, because as a busy mom I don’t have the time to spend hours planning a month of meals for my family (and I know you don’t either).

I personally spend about 1 hour to plan our meals for the entire month. By dedicating this small amount of time, I’m able to SAVE time every week because I’m not struggling to figure out what to cook at the last minute (which takes more time out of my day), only to realize we don’t have all of the ingredients and having to make extra grocery runs (which again, takes even more time).

Meal planning is asking the “what’s for dinner” question once for the whole week (or month), instead of every night, and then making a plan to shop for and prepare the items you need. In essence, meal planning comes down to just 3 steps:

  1. Select your dinners/recipes.
  2. Shop for ingredients you need to make them.
  3. Prepare those ingredients.

By using the Ultimate Meal Planner, you’ll have the tools needed to take these three steps and maximize them for your own family, budget and needs. 

YES! In fact, I believe that meal planning is one of the best tools that families with picky eaters can have to stay on budget and save money.

Know that your child will only eat chicken nuggets and applesauce right now? With the meal planning tools included in this, you can plan ahead to be sure you always have the foods they want at home, instead of having to run out at the last minute to grab items to accomodate them.

Nope! This is digital PDF download file. After your purchase, you will be emailed the meal planner PDF and have instant access! Print it out as many times as you would like, and get ready to start crushing your meal planning budget goals!

No printer at home? You can also easily send the PDF file to your local Kinkos or print store. 

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This is a PDF download with 20 pages. After your purchase, you will be emailed the meal planner PDF and have instant access! Print it out as many times as you would like, and get ready to start crushing your meal planning budget goals!