I do not keep magazines! I just don't have the room. I get 2 food magazines every month and I go through them and cut out the recipes that I want to keep. I put them in a folder so I can find them when I need an idea. I make a weekly list for grocery shopping of all of the items we need for the week. I always make a menu so I know what we are eating each night just so I can be prepared. Every now and then I realize that I was supposed to put something in the crock pot and it is like 3pm and there is no time. I make my menu and post it to the front of the fridge so I can see it and not make the mistake of forgetting to put something in the crock pot or taking meat out of the freezer the day before. I am a big planner! :) I also try to save money where I can but I still try to get good quality ingredients for my family. I DO not buy box meals!!! I find ways to make what I want from scratch so that my family is healthy. I recently found a recipe for homemade hamburger helper and made it for my family. It was so good and I know what was in it. There was no MSG or preservatives. The recipe is HERE if you are interested. Joe and the boys loved it. I try to use whole wheat breads and pasta when I can as well. I also go to the grocery store the same day of the week. I was going on Sunday afternoon and just recently changed it to Friday mornings.
I may post my menu for next week to give you some ideas to try on your own. Some foods I make up on my own but most of the time they are from the food network or a magazine.