Getting Organized: Menu Planning with SayMmm.com and OrgJunkie.com

Heather says:

We’ve all done it, you know, the 5:30 stare. You walk to the refrigerator, open the door and hope for dinner to leap into your arms and say, “Cook me! I’m the meal you want!” Unfortunately it doesn’t happen, so you stare past the eggs and the milk, you notice the leftovers that should have been tossed, but they’ll linger for at least another day or two. Sometimes you’ll close the door and wander away, only to return a few minutes later hoping something new has appeared. It hasn’t.

You know the solution is simple, right? Menu planning.

But, but, it sounds so structured, so constricting, so dull. Well, eating another peanut butter sandwich over the sink doesn’t exactly sound scintillating, either.

Meal planning doesn’t have to be a monumental task.

Over the last few months, many of you may have noticed I have begun providing a full, printable shopping list to go along with the weekly menu plan. I create the shopping list using the free tool SayMmm.com. I was pretty skeptical at first. Most of the menu planning sites I have played with in the past restrict users to a set selection of recipes or stores. SayMmm is different; it lets users easily create menus and shopping lists from their own favorite recipes. Bloggers will love that they can link to their own sites and create printable, sharable shopping lists to share with their readers.

As with any project this personal in nature -and it’s hard to get more personal than your diet- there’s a little customization to be done in the beginning. I’ve worked with the site creator, Brian Hutchins, to add over two hundred recipes from Home Ec 101 to the SayMmm website. Each of those recipes now has its own shopping list and links back to the original. SayMmm.com understands that people work hard to find and curate their own trusted recipe collections. I’m a huge fan of SayMmm.com because the site respects the work I’ve already done.

Menu planning with SayMmm isn’t a huge project. Just open the menu plan and list your recipes by day and meal. If a recipe you want isn’t already in the database, just add the recipe to the database.  Don’t worry, if any of this sounds confusing, there are video tutorials that walk you through the process.

Here are six menu plans to get you started. That’s a month and a half of not having to think about what’s for dinner. Isn’t the Internet a wonderful place?

It gets better.

SayMmm.com and my friend Laura from I’m an Organizing Junkie have teamed up with a few other bloggers and myself to put together a great giveaway to help you get started on your organizing resolutions. Yes, I know it’s February, but we already established that you’re not organized, right? Stay with me here.

If you hadn’t heard, Laura has a book out and SayMmm is giving away 40 signed copies of Clutter Rehab.

Head over to Organizing Junkie for full contest details.

Here on Home Ec 101, I’m giving away 4 copies of Clutter Rehab, 2 free six month subscriptions to SayMmm Plus, and 3 copies of Do the Funky Kitchen, an ebook from Heavenly Homemakers.

*Whew* that’s a lot stuff going on.

How does it work?

First, go check out SayMmm. Create an account and see how easy it is to create your own meal plan and printable shopping list -did you know you can view it right on your phone? That’s great for those, crud I left the list at home moments. Oh, and then there is also the whole, save a tree aspect, too.

Then come back here and leave a comment. (That’s entry #1)

If you want a second chance, tweet about this giveaway on Twitter, and leave a second comment with the url of your tweet. (Just right click the timestamp and click copy link to get the url).

And for a third and final chance to enter, post about this giveaway either on Facebook or your own blog, then paste the url in a third comment. (Or second if you skipped the tweeting bit).

This giveaway will run through 10pm EST on February 10, 2011. Any comments with a later timestamp will not be eligible. (Sometimes I go to bed early, raising minions is NOT for the faint of heart or night owls).

That’s not all,  that’s not all! You still have several more chances to win, each of these fine bloggers is also giving away copies of Laura’s book, so be sure to visit them, too:

Organizing My Kitchen {and Yours Too!} from Finding Joy in My Kitchen

Breakfast Organization from Heavenly Homemakers

Say Goodbye to Disorganized Meal Planning from Once a Month Mom

Organize With Less from The Happy Housewife

Help Getting Organized from Say Mmm

Good luck!



94 Comments

  1. everEverseNug on April 17, 2011 at 8:59 pm

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  3. Slicey on February 10, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    I just found this website and I'm glad that I did. You have so much useful information here. I've been searching for any trying out meal planning websites for months now, but I had never come across Saymmm.com before. Just created an account – looking forward to trying it out. 🙂

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  5. Kathy on February 10, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Wow, I had no idea these resources existed. I signed up for Say MMM and look forward to attempting a more consistent meal plan. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. Dianne on February 9, 2011 at 12:46 am

    Thanks for a chance to win! Now I really need to sign up for Say MMM…..thanks for all of the information!

  7. Colean Oberkamp Brunner on February 8, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    I checked out Say MMM and I have spent t he better part of 3 evenings importing all of my recipes! This is EXACTLY the sort of site I've been wanting! Thank you so much for the recommendation~

  8. AnneS on February 7, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    I checked out saymmm. Looks great! Can't wait to go back and start using it. Thanks for the info. Would love to win the book!

  9. Thrifty Veggie Mama on February 7, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Here's the link to my blog post mentioning the give away.
    http://www.thriftyveggiemama.com/2011/02/menu-pla
    My recent post Menu Plan Monday

  10. Thrifty Veggie Mama on February 7, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Can't wait to try out say mmm. I love menu planning…well, I love the results but don't love it while I am doing it!
    My recent post Menu Plan Monday

  11. Melissa on February 6, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    That's very cool- I signed up!

  12. Ruth Hill on February 5, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    shared giveaway on facebook
    ruthhill74 http://www.facebook.com/ruthhill74/posts/16346086

  13. Ruth Hill on February 5, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    I visited Say MMM and realized I already had an account! I need to start using them, eh??

  14. Linda DeFrees Franks on February 5, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    I did visit "Say Mmmm." It is a great site. the recipes are wonderful and now to have six weeks of menu planning done by each of you wonderful women is terrific!

  15. Linda DeFrees Franks on February 5, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Hi! I posted the giveaway on Facebook! what's that up above? CPR? Only CPR I know is Cardio-pulmonary rescusitation! I am an instructor! bahahahaha. Okay, I will have to look above me here and see what that means. my curiosity is piqued!

    Frankie

  16. Denise on February 5, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Say Mmm looks like a great idea. Laura and her Organizing Junkie website are great. I would love to win her book.

  17. A Prov 31 Lady on February 4, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    HELP!…I need organizing CPR,..choose me

  18. Elainesister on February 4, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Menu planning the internet way – thanks a million 🙂

  19. Katy Moffitt on February 4, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    I just LOVE http://www.SayMmm.com! It is awesome! I even got the plus package for 3 months along with the 2 weeks free that they give.This is the system that I have been needing to coordinate my recipes and menu planning! I am on a limited budget as to how much i can spend every two weeks. This program is going to help me be able to stay within that budget!
    katy
    My recent post Pets everywhere

  20. Michelle on February 4, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    I'd signed up for saymmm but hadn't really had time to sit down and put any recipes in it so haven't played with it much. Having 6 menu plans in there that I can easily use is a great start for me. thanks so much for sharing

  21. Susan on February 4, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Just signed up for saymmm and getting used to it. I have been looking for a menu planning style that suits me and this just might be it. I am always learning alot from all of you bloggers. Thanks.

  22. susie on February 3, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Love the saymmm website!!!

  23. Caroline on February 3, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    I'm all registered for saymmm. I love it! I usually just use post it notes to plan out my week. This is so much more organized and not to mention green! 🙂
    My recent post Freeze Dried Strawberries

  24. Ann on February 3, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    thanks for the contest hope to win!! need to get more organized in 2011!!

  25. Melinda S on February 3, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    I just posted on Facebook with your link http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1419378380 Not sure if that's the link you wanted, but the other one took me back to your site (which is a good thing for you :-0)

  26. Kendra on February 3, 2011 at 8:00 pm
  27. @msstort on February 3, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    I couldn't find a time stamp on my twitter account (I barely know how to get to it), but I'm including my post and the URL at the top of the page here:
    msstort Mel Stortenbecker
    Head on over to http://www.home-ec101.com/getting-organized-menu-… for a chance to win some awesome prizes for organizing & recipes.
    https://twitter.com/#!/msstort

  28. Anna on February 3, 2011 at 7:29 pm
  29. Melinda S on February 3, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    I just signed up on SayMmmm. It really looks interesting. Thank you for sharing this and Laura's give away.

  30. Kendra on February 3, 2011 at 7:57 pm
  31. Kendra on February 3, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    I love that I can make a grocery list on SayMmm and then post a link to it on my food blog.
    My recent post A Big Pot of Chili

  32. Anna on February 3, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    I have an account at saymmm already. It's great!

  33. Lisa J on February 3, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Just signed up for saymmm.com. never used menu planning before so i looking forward to seeing what i can do with it. thanks for the great giveaways!

  34. susan on February 3, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    this looks like a great way to keep track of everything!

  35. Christina Marie Vickers on February 3, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Just shared about this giveaway on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/stinav96/posts/1238962843

  36. Christina Marie Vickers on February 3, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Just tweeted about this giveaway! http://twitter.com/#!/stinav96/status/33216760375

  37. Christina Marie Vickers on February 3, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Just joined SayMmmm! Already have several recipes I want to add. Can't wait to take advantage of this site!

  38. @thebeadgirl on February 3, 2011 at 2:11 pm
  39. @thebeadgirl on February 3, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    ok…love this. i signed up!
    My recent post Going Gluten Free and the best Chocolate Chip Cookies EVAH!

  40. alison on February 3, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Would love a chance to win a copy – I need all of the help I can get!

  41. Cindy on February 3, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    So glad to find Say MMMM … thanks, hope I win a book.

  42. jenny on February 3, 2011 at 11:43 am

    I'm finding good comments on Say Mmm. Might have to check it out. Right now I just write down my menu and grocery list at the same time which has been working. But I love to check out new ideas.

  43. barbszy on February 3, 2011 at 9:39 am

    I tried Say Mmm and it was so easy to use! I'm definitely going to use the printables feature when I put recipes on my blog. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.
    My recent post Shrimp Scampi with Linguine

  44. Mippy on February 3, 2011 at 7:04 am

    Hi!
    I shared this on FB
    Thanks so much for the opportunity to win in this giveaway!
    ~Mippy 🙂
    bunnysmip at yahoo dot com

  45. Mippy on February 3, 2011 at 7:03 am

    Hi!
    I signed up for Say Mmm…
    Thanks so much for the opportunity to win in this giveaway!
    ~Mippy 🙂
    bunnysmip at yahoo dot com

  46. disorganizedwifeandmom on February 3, 2011 at 6:55 am
  47. disorganizedwifeandmom on February 3, 2011 at 6:51 am

    I just signed up for saymmm.com, thanks for the link! I am working hard on getting organized and this will definitely help. So far, I am struggling with the menu planning.

  48. Buen on February 3, 2011 at 2:33 am

    saymmm.com is a really good site with a lot of ideas which I sure must look closer at, thanks.

  49. Alycia M on February 2, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    I set up my saymmm.com account! I'm excited to try out this new organizational tool. Thanks!

  50. sandra on February 2, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Signed up right now… looks like a really helpful site. Thanks for the link. Also liking the ideas on your site – thanks for sharing.

  51. spoiledbyneil on February 2, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    ur site is the best…i love how you cover so many topics! i have started following ur cleaning schedule, which has worked wonders for me…ur recipes are just has great…they are what i consider normal meals. thanks

  52. Beth on February 2, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    I registered for say mmmmm. Thanks!
    My recent post Winter Wonderland

  53. Melinda on February 2, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    I'm sure I'm going to love it. I have it bookmarked to explore a little bit later, but I'm so tired from sledding today, that I can't do much more. Meal planning has saved me more than once. I'm looking forward to the new ideas I'm sure to get. Thank you.

  54. kroets on February 2, 2011 at 6:32 pm
  55. kroets on February 2, 2011 at 6:31 pm
  56. EE1 on February 2, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    SayMMM looks like a great tool! I've been looking for menu planning resources so I was excited to stumble across your blog. Great giveaway.

  57. Jenna on February 2, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    I just signed up and already did 3 recipes with printable grocery lists. It is so easy to use once you get the hang of it! Love it! Thanks for the giveaway
    My recent post Sweet &amp Tangy BBQ Chicken Coleslaw Wrap

  58. Jessica on February 2, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    I've never heard of saymmm.com and can't wait to check it out!! Would love to win a copy of this book!
    My recent post Another Round of Doctor Visits

  59. Traci on February 2, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    My biggest source of disorganization is my bedroom and my bathroom! It only seems to stay clean for a few days at a time then clutter creeps slowly back in until it’s completely disorganized…HELP!

  60. Paula @ Home Decor on February 2, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    I've always made out menu's and the shopping list, but this will sure help. I like to plan meals, but sometimes something comes up and the whole menu gets changed. No problem though, I just do a switch days out with another. I always make sure I have plenty of items on hand, just in case plans change.

  61. LC on February 2, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    It’s a great site! I had never heard of it, but I love the idea of storing your recipes and getting grocery shopping lists from them. How easy! Thanks for letting us know about SayMmmm… And for the awesome giveaways.

  62. Yemi on February 2, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    I had never heard of say mmm till today. What a great way to get over that meal planning hump.

  63. Jennifer on February 2, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Joined Say MMM

  64. inmykitchen on February 2, 2011 at 3:21 pm
  65. inmykitchen on February 2, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Wow! Thanks for sharing about this saymmm.com. I just signed up for it.

    BethM

  66. Angie M on February 2, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Can't wait to try Say Mmmm…great site too!!

  67. Hawk on February 2, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Say mmmm is a wonderful tool. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  68. Amber on February 2, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Love say mmm!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  69. Heather on February 2, 2011 at 2:14 pm
  70. Heather on February 2, 2011 at 2:13 pm
  71. Heather on February 2, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    I registered and tried out Say Mmm!

  72. Kim on February 2, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    I like this website already. Thanks for posting it!

  73. Vanessa on February 2, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Say Mmm sounds great. I'm looking forward to using it. Thanks!

  74. Susan C. on February 2, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Yes, I’ve done the hoping for the fridge magic dance many a night. Sigh. Maybe I can figure out a way to start the menu planning. Say Mmm looks very cool, I signed up and would love to be entered in the contest, thanks!

  75. Chris on February 2, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    I am already a member and fan of Say MMM.com, but thank you for the giveaway and reminder to use it.

  76. sara on February 2, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    I posted on my facebook =)
    http://www.facebook.com/saragillman

  77. Sara on February 2, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    I visited saymmm and signed up for a free account =)

  78. Jaclyn on February 2, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    I signed up for Say Mmmm a couple of weeks ago, but have yet started using it. I feel like I never find time. I really need to though!! It seems so helpful!

  79. Kara on February 2, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    SayMMM looks like a great resource, I signed up! Thanks for sharing.

  80. Deanna on February 2, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    I have just started using SayMmm but I am not finding an easy way to add some of the recipes I found on the internet. Say if I like a Heavenly Homemakers recipe but don't seem to find it listed on the SayMmm site do I have to enter the recipe in by hand?

    • @SayMmm on February 2, 2011 at 2:12 pm

      Hi Deanna. If the recipe has a printable shopping list, like many of the ones on Heavenly Homemakers do, you can save the shopping list and it will automatically save the recipe for you as well (or combine multiple recipes into one shopping list and save them all at once). For other sites, you would need to type in the name and copy and paste the URL to the recipe.

  81. Shannon on February 2, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Thanks so much for the giveaway opportunity! Love the new site!

  82. Elaine on February 2, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Love the SayMMM website. Great planning tool for meals. I think its something I can use!

  83. asyhre on February 2, 2011 at 11:45 am

    I really needed to get back to menu planning

  84. Heather on February 2, 2011 at 11:11 am

    All of these great tips! I am excited to add my recipes to the site and find new and exciting dishes to find through linky's!
    My recent post The Linen Closet- Project 4

  85. Kristi on February 2, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I just signed up for SayMmm, I'm looking forward to seeing if it will work well for my family!

  86. Mary on February 2, 2011 at 10:35 am

    This site is awesome. I love the idea of being able to check it on my smartphone. No more lost/forgotten shopping lists!

  87. Chris Williams on February 2, 2011 at 10:15 am

    This would be great! Thank you

  88. Jennifer on February 2, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Love the SayMmm site. Thanks for passing it on.

  89. Lisa on February 2, 2011 at 9:36 am

    I'm going to love saymmm.com! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!
    schroepfer 7 at gmail dot com

  90. Jennifer on February 2, 2011 at 9:07 am

    I can't wait to use saymmm.com! I'm really trying to be more organized and frugal…this helps with both!

  91. Mindy on February 2, 2011 at 7:14 am

    I adore saymmm.com. I signed up a couple of weeks ago when I saw you mention it. Not only have I started whittling down the stuff in my freezer, I'm also spending less at the grocery. I've actually been an avid menu planner for a couple of years, but saymmm makes it even easier. I'm still adding recipes (and links to recipes!) but I've got a pretty big list so far.

  92. Marie on February 2, 2011 at 5:19 am

    I hadn't heard about saymmm before. Now I've already added my first recipies. We normally just hang our plan on the fridge but I sometimes forget which items I need for the different recipies so the shopping list part will be a big help!
    My recent post Madplan uge 5

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