Im always on the lookout for a way to make meal planning & grocery shopping easier and more efficient. So when I met Heather at BlogHer and heard about E-Mealz I was intrigued.
Here’s the gist of the program:
“For $5.00 per month, subscribers download a recipe plan for the week with a matching aisle-by-aisle grocery list. The easy-to-follow recipes usually contain fewer than seven ingredients to allow for prep times of less than 30 minutes. It also helps families stay within a predictable budget by being prepared with a detailed list to use at the grocery store.”
Menu plans based on weekly grocery store sales, seasonal discounts and diet preferences? SIGN ME UP!
After perusing through the many diet preferences and finding my closest grocery store I decided to sign up for the ‘Low Fat Ralphs Meal Plan.’ Each week I downloaded a plan with 7 complete meal ideas and an adjoining shopping list. The shopping list even showed sale prices of each item and allowed spaces to add additional groceries. It was quite handy and I loved the fact that it gave me new recipe ideas. I even learned how to make my own sloppy joe sauce and Chinese beef marinade. YUM!
Although I don’t need 7 dinner recipes every week I liked that I could pick my top 4 choices and know with certainty exactly how much my meals are costing. The recipes are very simple and basic so anyone can do this! If you enjoy mixing things up like I do it’s easy to substitute something you may like more or already have on hand. For example: With the Beef Lettuce Cups meal it called for rice and orange wedges
as the side dishes. I am a big veggie fan so I also made green beans since they go well with Asian flavors and were on sale.
You can see from my sample menu plan and shopping list I was able to highlight only the items I needed and add additional items I had coupons for to the right.
From my receipt you can see how much I saved using the E-Mealz plan along with my coupons. I saved over 50%!!!
So you may be wondering how you can try this wonderful program. Well the people over at E-Mealz have offered a discount of 10% to all my readers! Just use my referral link here and the code: BLOGHER to get your discount!
And if that wasn’t enough they have graciously offered to giveaway a 3 MONTH SUBSCRIPTION to one lucky reader! The contest will close on WEDNESDAY 9/28 at 12 midnight. You can get up to 4 entries so make sure to read the directions below carefully.
Here’s how to enter:
- Leave a comment telling me why you need menu planning help
- Visit the E-Mealz blog at http://www.maketimeforfamily.org/ & leave a comment telling me which blog post you found to be most helpful.
- “Like” E-Mealz Facebook Page & leave a comment telling me you have done so.
- Tweet the following phrase & leave a comment with a link to the tweet. “Just entered @EMEALZ giveaway for 3 month free subscription via @Wilkinsonjk http://bit.ly/n89AD0“