It worked for us but just so-so. I couldn't pin point why, but I just wasn't feeling it.
I read a link thanks to Pinterest that said that households that meal plan monthly as opposed to weekly and grocery shop twice a month instead of weekly save on average of $800/year on groceries. That was all I needed!!
I just started doing this new meal planning/grocery shopping about 4 weeks ago, but so far I love it!
The last week of the month I'll make a calendar on Publisher. I write days I know we're going to be out (birthdays, games, etc). Then I fill in the days with recipes. I try to make 3-4 new recipes a month-these can be breakfast, desserts, sides, or main dishes.
I plan the dinners day-to-day, then I set the breakfast, lunch, and snacks weekly and I don't assign specific days to them...I just make sure I have things on hand for what's on the menu.
This calendar stays on the computer so I can easily change it/refer back to it.
Before the new year started, I found new grocery list pads and weekly menu pads at CVS for $5 and stocked up. I use both of those weekly and I put them on the fridge.
The nice thing about this grocery list is that it has a spot to mark which items have coupons.
I must say I do pretty well. Total for two weeks worth of groceries: $103.16. Yes please!