Monday, July 8, 2013

5 Reasons Why Menu Boards Are Great!

I've been wanting to create a menu board for a while now. It had something to do with the kids constantly asking, "What's for dinner?" (Most of the time I have NO CLUE!) I figured a menu board would give them the answer, cease some of those daily questions, and help me be proactive in that whole planning meals thing.

I was inspired by this project that I came across from Sarah at Life Sweet Life. Adorable, right?

creating a menu board

I was going to replicate it to a T but then decided that I just didn't have time and I needed a menu board quicker than I would ever stir up some crafty energy.

I'm discovering something about myself. I'm really just not that crafty.

I love the idea and the finished project and if it was sold in Target then you better believe I would snatch it up in an instance! :-)

So instead, I went with two of these boards from Target. They were $10 each.

a great menu board

They certainly won't look as stellar as Sarah's teal creation but they are easy to use! Check out all of the possibilities listed in the picture above.

I found a great spot in our kitchen to hang them. There was some wall space just around the corner from our kid's responsibility charts.  

Check out my new menu board!

I am a gourmet chef when it comes to mac & cheese...the kind that comes out of the box that is...don't be too impressed. :-)

5 reasons why menu boards are great

Each board also comes with a dry erase marker and clip so now I can always find a marker when I need it for both the menu board and the responsibility charts.

5 reasons why I love menu boards

I decided to simply write out the days of the week and write down the main items for our lunch and dinner meal. I like to keep extra fruit and other go to items on hand to add to meals. However, those items vary based on what I have on hand so I didn't want to list out every item, so I just listed some.

5 reasons why menu boards are great

In one swipe I can switch up the menu which makes this system super flexible. Excellent for when mommy forgets to soak the bean the night before for our scheduled beans & rice meal the next day. I just grab a tissue and move things around!

five reasons why menu boards are great

Here are 5 Reasons Why Menu Boards Are Great!

1) Kids can learn to go to the menu board to find out what is for dinner and not ask mommy. :-)

2) It is a time saver! I find that it only takes about 20 minutes each week to go through the ingredients that we have on hand and plan out what else I need to put on my shopping list to create menu ideas for the week.

3) Creating a weekly grocery list is easy and precise when you know exactly what items you will need from the store. This also allows you to buy only what you need based on your list.

4) You can easily glance up at the board in the morning and see what meat you need to pull out of the freezer or items you need to prepare ahead of time for that days meals. 

5) If you have a plan you are much less likely to want to go out to eat which definitely saves money.

All in all, I figured that the $20 that I spent on creating our menu board was well worth it if it means that we save on even one meal by having a plan and not eating out. It will pay for itself and more!

Do you have a menu board? Do you think it would work for your family or has something else worked better? What are your favorite go to menu items?

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13 comments:

  1. I have been trying to convince my parents to set up one of these! I think this post will give them the motivation that they need. :) I can't wait to make my own!

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    1. That is great! They can be as simple or as detailed as you like...have fun creating yours! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  2. Maybe I will try this. I actually created a monthly menu, but that only lasted for two months. lol

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    1. Julie,

      Let me know if the week rotation works for you. I find it is a good fit since I go to the grocery store once a week.

      ~Sarah

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  3. I FINALLY decided to start writing up my meals for the week about 3 or 4 months ago after two years of going back and forth to the grocery store 4-5x a week! Now I plan my menu on Monday (I make six meals a week), make my grocery list for the week and get everything I need in one trip! One visit per week and that's it! I love it and it takes the stress out of trying to decide what to make for dinner! Great share!!

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    1. Christy,

      That sounds like a great system!

      ~Sarah

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  4. I so need to do a Menu board would be much nicer than the piece of paper I use & lose ;) thanks for sharing!!! if you have time check us out
    http://mylittlecircusandme.blogspot.com/
    ~Candice

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    1. Candice,

      Your menu sounds like my grocery list...always disappearing! :-) Thanks for stopping by!

      ~Sarah

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  5. This is really cute Sarah. I am all about organizing, it's great to do ith with your menu as well!!! Thanks for linking up to The Inspiration Gallery this week!

    Mandy @ The Hankful House Blog

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  6. Hey, I'm a new follower on GFC from the weekend blog hop. the boyfriend and I have been planning to get our own board too! Thanks for sharing the different board ideas we can play with!

    I'd love it if you can follow me back :)

    xoxo
    ochibernadas.blogspot.com

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    1. Ochi,

      There are so many fun options out there. Thanks for stopping by! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  7. I'm going to use your ideas for center behind my kitchen door. I love that you can get the magnet boards in different colors.

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