Free Printables to Help You Make Good Cheap Eats

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Meal Planning 101 calendar

There’s a mess of free printable worksheets here on Good Cheap Eats (and its sister site Life as MOM) that can help you get your meal planning and grocery shopping under control and help you make a lot of good cheap eats yourself.

Check out these free worksheets:

Meal Planning Calendar – use this to track your meals to look for patterns or habits, to plan a month at a time, or to plan three meals plus a snack for each day of the week. Be sure to read the Meal Planning 101 series.

Eating Habits Worksheet – find out what meals work at your house and which are train wrecks. This worksheet will better help you plan successful meals.

Inventory Checklist – Take an inventory of what you already have so that you can plan meals based on your current supply. This will help you save money and waste less food.

Back Up Meals Worksheet – Create a list of your favorite easy meals to use as back-up. Check out this post to see some tasty examples.

12 Easy Dinners & Shopping List – We’ve done the work for you, and created a list of 12 recipes and the corresponding shopping list for you. Just print and shop.

Weekly Kitchen Prep List – (Get the blank form here) Make your week a bit easier by prepping certain ingredients ahead of time. This printable includes basic items that are nice to have on hand as well as extra space to add your own items. This post explains how I use the worksheet.

Pantry Staples Checklist – Make your weekly shopping easier by creating a list of the regular items that you keep stocked in your pantry.

Baking Ingredient Checklist – Not sure what you need for your holiday baking? Take inventory with this checklist so you can take advantage of holiday sales on baking ingredients.

Cheat Sheet for Freezing Holiday Baked Goods – Fill your freezer with holiday baked goods. This cheat sheet tells you what you can freeze and how to do it.


Over on Life as MOM I’ve shared quite a few freezer cooking plans:

Breakfast Plans:

Dinner Plans:

Protein-Based Plans:

Dessert Plans:

  • Holiday Baking – a plethora of cookies and quick breads as well as a Pretzel Berry Cheesecake

If you’re looking for more information about freezer cooking, be sure to check out this Ultimate Freezer Cooking Collection of Recipes and Tips.


Looking for some budget dinner plans? Over on Life as MOM, we have a handful of meal plans that you can shop at Trader Joe’s (if you want) for less than $70 to feed a family of four. Here are the plans we have so far:

Plan 1: Mostly Chicken (chicken sliders, chicken & bean burritos, salsa verde chicken, sausages and rice, tortellini pasta salad, soup, and pizza)
Plan 2: Mostly Meatless (green chile burritos, cheese enchiladas, egg sandwiches, Popeye’s burgers, meat sauce and pasta, vegetable soup, pizza)
Plan 3: Pretty Meaty (pasta with meat sauce, chili beans soup, pizza, tacos, sandwiches, and chicken)
Plan 4: Comfort Foods (chicken pot pie, egg bake, beans and rice, mac and cheese, lawnmower taco, soup, pizza)


What would help YOU make more good cheap eats?

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