A Meal Planning Notebook
We Review Carrie Elle's Meal Planner Notebook
by Paige Estigarribia
The Dollar Stretcher was sent a meal planner notebook to facilitate this review. The Dollar Stretcher received no compensation for this review. The opinions in this article are those of the author.
How many times have I written out my weekly meal plan on a sticky note, only to lose it before the week starts? Or I've made out my meal plan on one sticky, and them made my grocery list on another and lost them both before I get to the store? Enter this notebook meal planning creation from Carrie Elle. She has crafted and created a meal planner notebook designed to keep planning all in one place, with a detachable list too! We've been reviewing one for the last couple of weeks, and we're here to tell you what we think:
A Little About Carrie Elle's Meal Planner
This meal planner is designed with usability and sturdiness in mind. The planner is spiral bound, and the cover is laminated in hard plastic. It comes with both monthly calendars and weekly calendars. The weekly calendars are all laid out so that plans are made on the left hand side of the page, and a perforated grocery list lies beside it on the right hand side of the page. The planners have no days or dates, so you can start using them for whichever date of the month or year, or whichever day of the week works best for you.
Why We Loved Carrie Elle's Meal Planner
There are several reasons why we loved Cary Elle's planner. First, we loved the fact that the cover is a sturdy plastic. You can take it with you in your purse, if you like to do meal planning in wait rooms or in the break room at the office. Because it's sturdy, you can tote it with you without worrying that the cover will fray. Next, we also really loved the perforated grocery list. All of the week's meal plans go on the left hand side of the page, and the right side of the page is that week's grocery list. So when you sit down for the week to plan meals, you can easily get the meal scheduled for the right day, and then write down the ingredients needed at the same time. You can also add additional items that you need, right on the list. On grocery shopping day, the grocery list easily separates from the week's meal plan, and you have a list of everything you need.
The price, between $15.00 and $20.00 is comparably priced to other organizers like it. She even has an option to personalize the planner, too.
We also really liked the monthly calendar function, so that if you wanted to think about meal planning for the month, you could make the plans using the month calendar, and then break the plans down by the week, per weekly calendar. It's truly a great system.
What to Think About Before Buying one of Carrie Elle's Meal Planners
Meal planning comes in all shapes and sizes these days, from apps on your phone, to just using a plain notebook. So as you are considering buying one of Carrie Elle's Planners, keep in mind your own style of meal planning. If you prefer using an app for planning, or a more computerized meal planning system so that you don't forget your list, then this kind of notebook/grocery list combo might not be best for you.
One other idea/opinion that I had when using this planner is that maybe down the road, Carrie Elle might consider offering the meal planner in different sizes, so there are potential size options. All planners on her site are currently 8.5 x 11 inches. She offers food journals in a 5 x 7 inch size. For some, a smaller planner might be easier to carry around if you are an on-the-go meal-planner.
And that's it! We really have enjoyed using our Carrie Elle meal planner, and we've found it to be very helpful in meal planning!
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