A few years ago I attended a homeschool conference and one of the workshops I attended had a homeschool mom that spoke about menu planning. She talked about how she would plan 5 weeks of menus, which made her shopping much easier. Her family had the same things for breakfast and lunch every week. Meaning, Monday was always the same thing, etc. She would plan themes for each dinner; crock pot, pasta, BBQ, casserole, ethnic, etc. We use this plan and it works wonderfully. I've created pages to help in putting together this plan.