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Using Pinterest Boards for Meal Planning and Saving Time

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Today, I want to share with you the way I found saves me time in menu planning, shopping and actual preping for dinner.  It doesn’t seem like a big deal to most, but discovering a way to organize my Pinterest Boards that really work for me is a BIG Deal to me!

It took me a while, but I finally figured out how I utilized Pinterest.  I did my best to really break it down in categories of my interests: Food, Baking, Seasons, Crafting, Gifts, DIY, etc.  In the early days of me using Pinterest, I quickly discovered I couldn’t find a recipe if it was just under ‘food’.  So now I have several boards called FOOD, with subcategories.  For example Food ~ Breakfast.  Food ~ Chicken Dinners.

Back in the olden days (as my kids would say) before Pinterest, I used a binder to keep my recipes and ideas in.  Then when I went to plan dinners for the week, I would peruse my binder and pull out the recipes for the week, make my shopping list from the menus and keep them on the fridge with a magnet so they were handy to access.  Sometimes, when life got busy, I would forget to return them in proper place which made it hard to find then next time.  Or I’d forget all together and would have a pile up on my fridge.

I really forgot about this step with Pinterest, I putting everything in smaller, easier to find places.  There is search, but sometimes the key word I would use to find a recipe isn’t used when I quickly pinned it.  Although I have the convenience of the recipe literally at my finger tips on my phone (really handy in the grocery store!), I still had to hunt and peck my way through my boards (after I finally remembered the answer to “what am I making for dinner Tuesday night again?”.

So I created a New Board ‘WEEKLY MENU’. When I sit down and set my menu for the week, I will search out the recipe on my Pinterest Board and move it to my ‘Weekly Menu’ board.

Here is how I do it (after some trial and error and having duplicate pins!  You can learn from my mistake.):

  • Find your pin.  Let’s say it’s called ‘Pesto Pasta Bake’
  • If using your phone device, tap the photo until the Save/Edit/Send/More buttons pop up
  • Select Edit
  • Under Edit Pin, tap the Board selection (this is what you are going to temporarily edit)
  • This moves you to a Select Board screen.  I select ‘Weekly Menu’

 

Search your pin

 

Tap photo until edit buttons pop up

 

Select ‘Edit’ button

 

Edit Board location

 

Select New Board like ‘Weekly Menu’

Now you have them all ready to access as you move along your busy week!  I can’t tell you how much time this has saved me searching and printing recipe ideas for the week(and losing my print out, whoops).

My follow up to this once the week is over and I am planning for the new week, I simply reverse this process.

  • Select Pin on ‘Weekly Menu’ board
  • Tap photo until Save/Edit/Send/More buttons pop up
  • Select Edit
  • Under Edit Pin, tap the Board selection
  • This moves you to a Select Board screen.  I select where I retrieved this pin in the first place.  In my case of the ‘Creamy Pesto Pasta Chicken Bake’, I select my ‘Food ~ Casseroles’ board

I menu plan on a planner.  This is new (again) to me.  I used to use many variations of lists and forms, which ended up being scraps of paper in a trail all over the house, and it didn’t work for me.  You have to find what works for you!  I thought I would try to keep up with the less-paper/paperless digital world and do everything on my smartphone.  I use a calendar app that has a built in shopping list.  I tried for too long to make it work until I realized I needed to have ONE paper place where I could put in calendar items and notes.  So off I went for a planner.

After I have everything in my planner, have my shopping list entered into my app and have filled my Weekly Menu Pinterest board, I have one final step.  I usually involve my kids and family in the planning and grocery list, but this last part they really enjoy doing.  I created an Erasable Menu Frame.  My kids like the writing part of this task, so I usually let them have a go at it.  We keep it in a visible area in our kitchen.  Sometimes I even take a screen shot on my phone so when I am out and about and have something come up in reference to a menu item or what our dinner plans for the night, I have this to refer to.

If you like this and would like to make one, you can go HERE to my other blog post on how I made it!

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