Printable Menu Planner: Creative Solution from FutureGirl

Who says printable menu planners need to be boring? Not creative craft blogger FutureGirl!

Her wonderful printable menu planner is a whimsical solution to "What's for dinner?"--and better still, she share the wealth with free printable versions in color, black-and-white, and half-size.

If back-to-school means new emphasis on menu planning in your organized home, check out this clever--and creative--printable:

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Back To School: Printable Guide from MarthaStewart.com

Gearing up for back to school? Grab a free Back to School Guide from MarthaStewart.com!

This colorful multi-page article offers tips and ideas for school-day fun, including free printables to organize school lunches, decorate notebooks and spiff up lunch sacks.

Offered in .PDF format, you'll need the free Adobe Reader to view and print.

Ready? Get organized for back to school:

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Index Card Christmas Planner: Holiday Organizing the S.H.E. Way

holiday organizerGetting organized for Christmas with a notebook-based Christmas planner sounds good, but your organizing tool of choice is an index card. Whether you're a S.H.E. or a devotee of 43 Folders, you're looking for a holiday planner in a cardfile, not a binder.

We've got the creative solution for you: ScrapHappy's holiday organizer. With a complete photographic tutorial and how-tos, it's easy to make this pretty, functional index card organizer to simplify your holidays:

Index Card Holiday Organizer

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Ten Surprising Facts Supermarkets Won't Tell You

For most families, food budgets are relatively elastic. Compared to fixed expenses like mortgages or car loans, they're the area where you have the most choice about how much to spend each month.

Think so? Think again! Visit the supermarket, and you'll be subjected to a barrage of proven tactics, all designed to encourage over-spending.

Check out this article from MSN Health and Fitness, listing 10 Things Your Grocery Store Doesn't Want You to Know.

It'll help you wise up to the many ways the market is after your wallet.

Our favorite:

There’s nothing haphazard about the layout of your grocery store. ... Walk in the front doors and chances are you’re faced immediately with hard-to-resist items (not on your list) like fresh-cut flowers or just-baked loaves of bread. Just try walking past them en route to a carton of milk without tossing something extra into your cart. In fact, research has shown that 60 percent to 70 percent of what ends up in our carts is unplanned.

10 Things Your Grocery Store Doesn't Want You to Know

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Track Freezer Inventory With Magnets

A freezer can be a powerful kitchen friend for food storage, menu planning and convenience, but to use the freezer to best advantage, you have to know what's inside.

Okay, so our free printable freezer inventory form isn't for everybody.

Check out this clever freezer inventory solution from blogger Lunch In A Box: refrigerator magnets.

Using magnetic freebies, color photos from the weekly food ads and a bit of creative inspiration, she's created a simple, visual reminder system to keep track of freezer contents:

magnets for freezer inventory

Magnets To Track Freezer Inventory

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