Why meal plan on a piece of scrap paper or a sticky note? Sure, you probably already have those scattered around the house, but these not-so-expensive notebooks and pads might actually inspire you to stop talking about meal planning and actually do it.
- I Have No Idea What to Eat Pad, $7 at Knock Knock: This pad tells it like it is — and has plenty of space to help you change the story.
- Chambray Notebook, $24 at Appointed: Simple and pretty, this notebook's cover is also water resistant, which mean it's tough enough to handle planning right in the middle of the kitchen.
- Polka Dot Journal, $18 at Sugar Paper: Stuff your coupons into the pages of this notebook and the elastic band can help keep them in place while the whole thing is stashed in your purse.
- Tapestry Notebook, $15 at Rifle Paper Co.: With 130 ruled pages and a lay-flat binding, you can plan your heart out in this colorful beauty.
- Pineapple Pattern Notes, from $16 at Minted: Personalize this cover with your initials and then order it in whatever style notebook (a spiral-bound? A weekly planner? Monthly?) is best for you.
- Creative Everyday Slate Journal, $13 at Paper Source: This notebook might just inspire you to try a new recipe (or three).
- Stick-Up Weekly Calendar, $10 at Poketo: Sticky notes and a calendar in one! You can post this pad on the fridge and use it to plan for the week.
- Printable Meal Planner, $5 at JPWDesignStudio: Order this downloadable file and you can print it as many times as you need. Sure beats your own (crooked) hand-drawn lines, right?
- Navy + Aqua Slim Criss-Cross Notebook, $7 at Poppin: Slim and colorful, this notebook will fit in your purse — and you'll always be able to spot it, no matter how much junk is floating around in there.
- Meal Planning Pad, $10 at Bloom Planners: Each sheet in this magnetic meal planning pad includes a perforated shopping list, which you can tear off and take to the store.
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