How does Build A Menu work?
It’s easy!

  • Step 1 Choose the United States region that you live in so the prices we have set for ingredient best fit your location. 

  • Step 2 Choose recipes from ANY of the meal plans, as well as pull recipes from ‘My Recipes’ if you have saved any using our recipe keeper. 

  • Step 3 Is where you can customize and print your calendar, print your recipe cards, and print your shopping list.  Do you need to add items to your shopping list before you print?  You can do that as well.

Can I edit or reuse menu?

  • Definitely, Build A Menu archives all your menus! You can edit the same menu over and over or make as many as you want.  Click on ‘My Menus’ in the top right corner of the home page. 

Why is my approximate cost on my shopping list lower than it was in Step 2?

  • Step 2 only adds what each recipe would cost if you bought everything for each recipe. What our shopping list does in Build A Menu is compile ingredients from all of the recipes, like butter.  This makes your approximate cost even lower, but make sure you look at the staples section to see if you need items that might raise your budget.  

Am I locked in to just one meal plan?

  • Absolutely not! As a member of BUILD A MENU, you are allowed to choose from ANY of our meal plans. 

What do you consider a “staple”?

  • Staples are items that may already be in your refrigerator or pantry, such as milk, flour, oils, spices, etc. These items will not be included in the approximate total on your shopping list, but they will be listed in a section at the bottom of the list.  This is in case you need to restock any of these items.

How can a recipe cost $0.00?

  • Occasionally, we will feature a recipe that truly is made up of all staple ingredients. If you are looking for budget friendly, it doesn't get much better than that!

Can I substitute products when I am shopping?

  • Certainly. Our goal at BUILD A MENU is to take all the guess work out of grocery shopping and make it as easy as possible for you to complete your trip to the store without having to stop and figure out which product you should buy for your recipes. However, you may prefer a different brand for certain products, or your store may be out of an ingredient. Whatever the situation, you are not likely to ruin the recipe by substituting a different brand or ingredient. If it still sounds like it will taste good to you, go for it! And if you really love it, be sure to share it on the Social Media by tagging us @buildamenu or on FaceBook in our ‘Build A Menu Planning & Recipe Sharing’ group.

There are lots of dinner categories, but not so many for breakfast and lunch. Will you be adding any in the future?

  • Yes! We hope to be adding more recipes to each section, especially where we see the need for it.

Can I add my own recipes?

  • Yes! This has been one of our most requested features and we are so pleased to be able to offer this now! To add your own recipes, simply go to ‘My Menu’ at the top of the page and ‘Click here to add and share Custom Recipes’.   From here you can even share your recipes with other Build A Menu member! So, grandma’s cookie recipe can be shared with friends and family members that are also on Build A Menu.

Do you have a mobile app?

  • Our mobile apps are currently under construction.

How do I cancel my membership?
All memberships are automatically renewed. Simply log on to your account page to manage your subscription. If you choose to cancel your membership, no refunds will be given for the unused portion of your membership after the 30-day money back guarantee has expired and memberships are non-transferable. Memberships must be cancelled prior to your next billing cycle and are processed immediately. If you are not satisfied with your membership in the first 30 days and would like a refund, simply email [email protected] and let us know. Please read the BAM Membership Terms of Use.


Here at BAM, we are working hard to make our menu planning service as useful, yet easy to use as we possibly can. We know there are other choices available, which is why we are continuously looking to see how we can make our website as competitive as possible. Why? Our true passion and the drive behind the Build A Menu idea is to help people get back to eating meals together, and to help them get their grocery budgets under control.