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How To Use a Bullet Journal Meal Planning System

How To Use a Bullet Journal Meal Planning System

Bullet Journal Meal Planning


Use your bujo to integrate your meal planning, recipes, grocery lists, and food budget. Keep reading to learn how to use a bullet journal meal planning system.

It requires a lot of effort to maintain healthy eating habits these days.

There is so much convenience food on the supermarket shelves that it is easy to neglect dinner planning and prepping with our ever-busy lives.

And even if you are 100% into healthy eating you could probably use an efficient method to help you plan your meals, shop for ingredients, and prepare your final meal, as well as an overall healthy food journal.

It is common to have a bullet journal food diary or food tracker, especially when you are following a diet, fitness, or weight loss plan. However, using a grocery and meal planner is not as common.

Food planning and prepping is a great way to reduce your food expenses as you become more aware of the things you need to purchase for any given meal before you set out to the supermarket.

Luckily, there is an easy way to do it using your bullet journal, you can call it a meal journal or a bullet journal food log. And this article is here to help you create one!

No need to use one particular meal planner notebook. I will show you how to take one simple Bullet Journal and use it to integrate your meal planning, recipes, grocery lists, and food budget.

Keep reading to learn how to plan your meals with your bullet journal.


How To Use a Bullet Journal Meal Planning System


Bullet Journals have become all the rage for individuals like me and you who still enjoy keeping our lives organized via the classic paper and pen approach.

But what is a bullet Journal? You can read my bullet journal for beginners guide here, but simply put it is a journal in which you use a collection of symbols and bullets to organize and connect multiple notes.

Instead of writing full sentences, you use concise words to keep your tasks brief and manageable, and you can literally use this system with any planner or journal.

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When you think about it, planning meals basically consists of making a full list of items and tasks:

  • Your list of meals to prepare today/this week
  • A list of ingredients
  • Recipes to use and the steps to make it
  • A list of where to get certain ingredients that you can’t find in your usual supermarket
  • Your budget

The good news is that with a bullet journal you can manage it easily just like other aspects of your life.

Bullet Journal Meal Planning

To start off, think about what a typical week’s worth of meals would look like to you. Decide on the meals to prepare. It might be something you are craving, something the kids asked for or maybe you are following a diet and need specific ingredients.

Add your list of ingredients to your bullet journal menu planner, starting with the first meal idea.

Add a bullet symbol for those ingredients you need to purchase more of. Repeat for all other meals but instead of using the word “buy more” just add the bullet point to the ingredient.

Once all your meal ingredients have been listed, make a remark of the quantity needed for each ingredient. That way you can quickly see which products, and how much of them, you need to purchase.

Your bullet journal weekly planning will look something like this:


• Steak Fajitas:

• Steak (1 large piece)

– Tortillas

• Meat Broth (1 can)

• Olive Oil

• Cumin

– Paprika

– Bell Peppers


Sprout Chicken Bowls:

– Chicken Breasts

• Sprouts (1 bag)

– Olive Oil

– Pepper

• Soy Sauce

– Chicken Stock

• Green Beans (1 bag)



– Carrots

• Celery

– Ranch Dressing

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How To Re-Use The Same Weekly Food Log On Your Meal Planner Journal

Another  visual way to use your food bullet journal  to take notes of meal preparations is to add a meal planning calendar to your your journal using tab dividers and sticky notes.

My meal planning and meal prep layout is ongoing and I don’t need to add different collections every week.

I simply come up with a few meals for the week and add them to sticky notes. Those notes stay in my bullet journal until we make that meal. Sometimes it stays for longer if we want repeats!!

On a larger sticky note, I add my grocery list. This space is also reusable when I have different shopping lists. I like the convenience of being able to give the list to my husband too in case he is doing the shopping that day.

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It works really well!

A meal planjournal template to help you with food planning and prepping


Time And Money Savings By Using A Bullet Journal Meal Planner

Imagine this scenario: the day went by so quickly and you got home at just about dinner time, the kids are hungry and grumpy, you don’t have much in the fridge to cook a quick healthy meal and all your inspiration has been drained away with the day’s tasks.

With both my husband and I working, unfortunately, this scenario happens quite a lot in my home. Far more often than I care to admit.

I discovered the benefits of prepping meals when we both used to work very far away from home and just didn’t have any energy to cook when we finally got home.

We started planning, prepping, and cooking on the weekend and leaving healthy meals ready in the freezer for weekdays. The bullet journal helped to keep this system organized.

This was really efficient at keeping our grocery shopping costs down. We suddenly didn’t have to go to the supermarket for the small number of items which would cause us to buy unnecessary items or waste products that we had too much of.

It also gave us the chance to cut coupons and bring them with us during our well-planned shopping trips at the weekend.

The Bullet Journal system is very efficient to add a note of ingredients you have coupons for. A good tip is to keep your discount coupons inside your journal and keep your journal with your car keys.

Another thing that the bullet journal helped with, was making it easy to add substitutions on recipes for allergies and preferences.

Write down the recipe instructions with your changes under the ingredients list, and then it is easily available next time you make that meal. Use your bullet journal symbols for the steps you need to do in advance.

You can also reserve a separate page at the back of your journal for listing brand names you come to prefer, stores that don’t carry frequently used ingredients, stores where pricey ingredients are more affordable and any other useful tip you gather along the way.

In time this will prevent you from making too many trips to the shop and stop you from overspending.

So, to summarize, the advantages of using a Bullet Journal for meal planning are:

  • You get to tailor it to your own organizational style
  • You have everything you need in one place through a system that is easy
  • You save time and money

And the good thing is that the more you use bullet journal meal planning, the more uses you will find for this system!

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You won’t be standing in the middle of the shopping aisle, searching through multiple recipes on your phone, or trying to figure out what you did the previous time to make the sauce thicker.

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Meal Planning Ideas

If you are not familiar with a bullet journal meal planner or want to keep your weekly food diary in another notebook, I recommend you to get one of the food planner journals below.


Weekly Food Journal

This is a simple all-in-one place for your food log and grocery meal planner. This weekly meal planner journal contains menu food planners and a grocery list for every week of the year.

Weekly Meal Planner: 52 Week Food Planner & Grocery list Menu...
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  • Meal Planner, Michelia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 108 Pages - 09/03/2017 (Publication Date) - CreateSpace...



Meal Prep Journal

This food journal notebook for meals and dishes includes a grocery list and pages for your favorite recipes. With this food journal planner you will get organized with your meal prepping and eat healthy.

Meal Planning Calendar: Floral Design: Weekly Meal Planner and...
  • DP Journals and Notebooks (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 118 Pages - 04/26/2017 (Publication Date) - CreateSpace...


Exercise and Food Journal Notebook

In case you need a fitness and diet food journal then this notebook might be the thing for you.

This food tracker planner and exercise log will help you change to healthier eating habits. Also perfect for those with a restrictive diet such as gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, paleo, low carb, high protein etc.

You can also add water consumption in this food tracker notebook.

Food Journal and Activity Tracker 90 Days: Eat Drink Exercise...
  • Taylor, Hannah R.S. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 92 Pages - 08/07/2018 (Publication Date) - CreateSpace...


Healthy Food Journal And Planner

This beautiful undated food planner notebook will help you keep a healthy lifestyle and log the most important aspects of your diet.

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Meal Planner Stationery

If you like to keep it simple then this pad can help you.

Knock Knock What to Eat Pad Meal Planning Pad, 6 x 9-inches...
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Knock Knock What to Eat Pad Meal Planning Pad, 6 x 9-inches...
  • Knock Knock (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 60 Pages - 03/01/2011 (Publication Date) - Knock Knock...


Meal Planner Inserts

If you use a Happy Planner for meal planning then you will love these meal planning inserts to help you organize food time.

BetterNote Skinny Menu Grocery List Refills for Disc Notebooks,...
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So, do you have a weekly meal planner notebook or use your own bullet journal?




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Monday 31st of August 2020

First, thanks so much. I have fallen in love with Bullet Journaling and let's just say, your website has offered me every help I have needed. I learn something new and interesting every time and I am super excited to check out new articles from you.

Diary of a Journal Planner

Monday 7th of September 2020

Thanks so much Beatrice. We are so happy we can help and hope your journaling is bringing you lots of happiness.

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