Excel Weekly Meal Planner 20150618
There is an Excel weekly meal planner on my website, and you can use it to organize your meals, and create a shopping list. I hadn't used it for quite a while, and after opening it this week, I decided it was time for an update.
The Old Version
In the old version, the meals were entered in a long list, and you could choose up to 3 items for each meal.
The system worked, but it wasn't ideal. In the meal entry sheet, there wasn't even a spot to indicate which meal you were planning, if there were 2 or more meals on the same day.
The New Version
In the new version, the layout is set up for 3 meals, and snacks, with a separate column for each weekday.
Within each meal block, there are 5 cells with drop down lists, so you have more room to enter meal items.
Grocery Items and Costs
Another change to the new version is that you can enter the food costs too. Based on the meal items you selected, and the food costs on the ingredients sheet, the weekly grocery cost can be calculated.
If an item wasn't selected for the current week's meals, its quantity and cost are zero.
The Shopping List
The shopping list still works the same – just click a button and it updates the pivot table with the grocery items for the week's meals.
But now the shopping list will show the costs too, so you can bring enough money to the grocery store, when you go shopping.
Download the File
To download the sample file, go to the Excel Meal Planner page on my Contextures website. The file is in xlsm format, and contains macros that create the shopping list. After you unzip the file, be sure to enable macros, if you want to use the shopping list feature.
If you have any ideas for the next version of the weekly meal planner, please let me know.