Making a Meal Planning Pocket Chart

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Planning meals is a great way to save money and time in the kitchen. This helpful pocket chart will keep all your favorite meals in rotation.


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Like many people, I have struggled with my weight all of my life. The extra pounds didn't start affecting my overall health until the past couple of years. But I am a food addict. When I'm not eating, I'm thinking about my next meal. Food is comforting and I reach for it to celebrate and to feel better, which is ironic because it's slowly killing me!

I have tried different diets and they never last because I'm not motivated. I've watched shows and documentaries that show what will happen to me if I keep gaining weight. I've reached out to nutritionists and doctors for advice. And I've come to the realization that it's all up to me to change. Other people can give tips and tools, but I have to commit to using them. This is why I'm going to try weekly meal planning. And I'm going to use a huge classroom pocket chart in my kitchen to make it easier and fun to interact with.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks will all be accounted for. I will also leave a spot for one cheat meal and dessert each week. I hope this works and will be something I can stick to. I'm excited to attempt meal planning and I am ready to lose this weight!

Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: 1 Chart


  • 1 pocket chart with at least 6-7 rows
  • 1 or more Sharpie markers
  • scissors
  • laminator with sheets
  • alphabet stickers
  • 56-62 small 3x5 colored index cards or a single color
  • dry erase markers
  • dry erase marker eraser or paper towel


  1. Hang the pocket chart first because you'll need easy access to test out how all the cards will fit. There will need to be room for eight going across. Place index cards on one row to see how much needs to be cut off of each. I wanted to leave a little space between each card and ended up cutting about 1.5 inches off of all of them.
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  3. You'll need 55-60 index cards. I color coded mine by meals, but you could just use one color. Cut all index cards to be the same size. I did end up making my days of the week cards smaller because it looked better.
  4. Use the stickers, the Sharpie, or both to write the days of the week on one card color. Then use another color to write meal names. I also used one color for my title and extras. Leave the other cards blank. Laminate all cards and cut them all back out.
  5. Place meal name cards, and days of the week in the chart. I put the meal names vertically and days of the week horizontally, to feel more like an actual calendar.
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  7. Give each meal a different color card, like pink for snacks. Or once again, you could just use one color for everything. Use the dry erase marker to write your weekly meals on each blank card. Place meal cards in the chart, like I did for Sunday, aligning them with days and meals cards.

    Optional: If you like to have a sweet bite or cheat meal, make a row for extras at the bottom of the chart. I am going to put Mountain Dews on my extra cards because that is my biggest craving. Once I go through my extra cards, I don't get anymore that week.
  8. Once you have eaten a meal or snack, flip the card over so you know that food is done. You can see that my week starts on Thursday and I've turned all of those over.

    At the end of the week, use the eraser or a paper towel to take off the marker. Then plan new meals for the new week! And make sure to test your markers before you fill out all the cards. I found that my black one smeared too easily.
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