This $12 Meal Planning Notepad Has a Smart Feature to Help with Grocery Shopping
As a food writer, it's my job to think about cooking all day—kitchen tools, appliances, and pantry staples are my bread and butter (so to speak). But without fail, every night around 6:30, my partner and I start asking each other, "What's for dinner?" Part of it is our busy schedules, another is that I can get overwhelmed by options I encounter at work. In an effort to add more structure and focus to our cooking, we decided to try meal planning.
Making a list of recipes for each day of the week doesn't seem revolutionary, but it's already made a major difference in the time and energy we spend in the kitchen. And now I'm ready to take it one step further with this notepad that Amazon shoppers say makes grocery shopping "so much easier."
To buy: "What's for Dinner?" Meal Prep & Planning Notepad, $12 at amazon.com
Designed by two sisters looking to avoid midweek meal crises, the "What's for Dinner?" Meal Prep & Planning Notepad streamlines organizing and shopping for meals. It has seven large sections for writing down your daily menus, as well as a column for listing ingredients by category. The 6-inch by 9-inch pad has a secure magnet on the back to display the list on your fridge, and users particularly love that the grocery list is perforated for easy access on the way out the door.
"This is my favorite shopping list," one wrote. It sticks to the fridge, looks nice, and I can rip off the list to shop but keep the meal plan up all week."
Another added, "The meal planning pad with the detachable shopping list is a wonderful idea and makes meal planning and shopping easier!"
In addition to assisting with organizing, many users say the 50-page notepad has helped them save money. By following a pre-written list, shoppers say it's easier to avoid the lure of impulse purchases and they're less likely to forget ingredients that would necessitate another trip. What's more, buying exactly what you need cuts down on food waste. It's all a great bargain when the planner costs just $12.
You don't need to be a food writer to see how handy the "What's for Dinner? Meal Prep & Planning Notepad can be. Do your future self a favor and add it to your Amazon cart now.