Top 8 Reasons Why Planning Your Meals is a Waste of Your Time

Menu planning is for restaurants and school cafeterias! Although some people menu plan for their families, it may not be for you! As a matter of fact, planning your meals might be a waste of your time if ….

1) The drive-thru at your local McDonald’s knows you by voice! And you think it’s cool!

2) You’re addicted to the 3P’s (preserved, pre-packaged, in plastic).

3) You love to play the grocery store game and loose!

4) Constant hunger keeps you on your toes!

5) Your kids believe hot dogs are a food group … why ask for another battle!

6) You inherited $10 million dollars and can afford your own grocery store, personal shopper, and chef!

7) Your 2-year old would miss his regular play-date with store employees at Ray-Ray’s Shop-til-You-Drop Mart!

8) You believe that eating dinner at a table with your family will give you the cooties!

If you agree with any of the above statements, then menu planning is just not for you. But, if you disagree with at least one statements, you might want to consider taking up menu planning as a lifestyle.

Meal planning (menu planning) is where you sit down and plan out what you will cook for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for one week at a time. Lunch is usually leftovers so a lot of people don’t plan that. And some families plan snacks too.

Menu planning is for families who want to get more organized and have less stress in their lives. An additional goal for some moms is to shop wisely and reduce and/or eliminate wasted food. They base their meals around what’s currently on sale at their local grocery stores, and by what they currently have in their refrigerators and pantry.

Check out these FREE Menu Planning Forms from us!

Ramadhan Planner’s Top 8 is based on “Eight Reasons Why Menu Planning Is A Terrible Idea” (read it at by Christine Steendahl, founder of “Dine Without Whine” – a family friendly weekly menu planner website where she helps families eliminate the dinner hour stress and re-discover the pleasure of the dinner hour.


Ramadhan Menu Planner Form

Here are printable Menu planner and grocery planner sheets to use during Ramadhan.

Menu Planner

There is space for planning one week’s worth of suhuur, lunch for non-fasters, breaking the fast, and dinner meals.

Print double sided to save paper and/or plan 2 weeks of menu’s in the same sitting.

Shopping Planner

This is laid out to give 4 week’s of shopping lists per page. If you run out of space, use the next week’s column (cross out the heading). There is a small amount of space to write in dates.

One reason to keep track of what you purchased the previous week is to keep you from accidentally buying something you don’t need. It also helps you keep track of what your family may not like to eat.

Print Menu Planner and Shopping Planner at the links.