It seems like a lot of people have jumped on the menu planning bandwagon. I've done this for years. I find it so much easier to go grocery shopping if I know what we are making during the week. It helps me focus on what I'm shopping for. Richard and I sit down and come up with a list of meals we want to have during the week and then I make the grocery list based on that. I do pick up some random things I see in the store that are on sale, but for the most part I get what we have on the list.
This is our menu for the coming week (we shop on Friday so I plan Friday through Thursday):
Friday: Subs or Chicken from Publix
Sat.: Buffalo Chicken Chili --this is a new recipe for us to try
Sun.: homemade Stromboli (yep that's what Richard is making this week)
I plan 4 week day meals and the decide as the week goes on which we will have which day depending on how things are going at home
day 1: pretzel crusted chicken tenders
day 2: mac & cheese
day 3: pressed sandwiches
day 4: tacos
We buy chicken and ground chicken at BJ's so we almost always have this in the freezer. Other than having to get some things for the chili and the pressed sandwich stuff we have the stuff to make all these meals at home already. That is the great thing with planning... we often have the stuff to make the meals already and then we have to just fill in some of the fresh items that are needed.