How to Create a Weekly Meal Planner in Excel

Written by catherine johnson
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How to Create a Weekly Meal Planner in Excel
Use Excel to manage your weekly meals. (cjohnson)

Creating a weekly meal plan can not only help you and your family save time and stress, but will also help you to eat more nutritious meals and save costs from last-minute fast-food and impulse buys. By organising a structured and healthy meal plan, you can build an accurate shopping list that allows you to make a focused and efficient weekly grocery trip. Gain control of your food purchases in just a few steps by creating a simple, easy-to-use weekly meal planner in Microsoft Excel.

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  1. 1

    Go to Microsoft's online centre for downloading Office templates. (Follow the link in Resources.)

  2. 2

    In the templates search box at the top of the site, enter "weekly meal planner." Click the "Search" button.

  3. 3

    Browse through the available meal planners for Microsoft Excel. Choose a planner whose design, layout, and options best suit your organizational skills and lifestyle.

  4. 4

    Select the title of the template you wish to download. Click the "Download" button. Agree to the Microsoft Service Agreement to begin your download.

  5. 5

    Open your downloaded meal planner template in Microsoft Excel. Customize the colours, fonts and content to meet your needs.

  6. 6

    Print out your planner to help you create your shopping list for ingredients. Post it on your refrigerator or a wall of your kitchen wall to remind you of your meals for each day of the week.

Tips and warnings

  • When you sit down to plan your meals for the week, first cross out all of the days in which you already know you have a social or work obligation to eat out. This quickly gives you a better idea of exactly how many meals you need to prepare that week.
  • Be sure to plan for healthy snacks in between meals.

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