Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Meal Planning and Saving Money- eMeals

I am really awful about meal planning. 


We've always been go with the flow about our meals, and my husband is
1) easy to please
2) likes simple things and doesn't get bored of anything (yes these are also awesome things)
4) has a somewhat different schedule
5) and we have a super small budget.


 All of those things combined with my lack of scheduling usually mean, we eat a lot of the same things and  I just buy the same stuff.

It's been fine and all, but when I do meal plan, the savings is noted immediately (even more so than the usual) and I am wanting to boys to try lots of different things and get out of our standard rut.

A few things that make this tricky
1) I don't eat meat. Not for any religious or political reason, I just don't like it. Haven't since I was little, it's totally a texture thing- but my boys all eat meat. That means I have to be creative and usually I leave the meat out and add it in later to their dishes, or sometimes make two of the same thing, one without meat.
2) My easy to please husband doesn't like most of the vegetables I like (onions and peppers) which happen to accompany the many vegetarian dishes.

I've borrowed recipe books, scoured online and looked at a few different plans. Nothing really stuck or stood out. Some things required a ton of work, or a lot of money. Then, along comes eMeals aka one of the coolest things ever created.


How It Works

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Pick Your Plan

To start getting eMeals, just choose a meal plan
based on your eating style (from gluten free, to paleo to organic to clean and beyond!) your family size and even your favorite grocery store.
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Get Great Recipes

Every week, your meal plan arrives in your inbox —
complete with seven simple, creative, family–friendly
dinner recipes. Each includes an entrée and side dishes.
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Shop and Save

Along with the meal plan, you'll receive a detailed
grocery list organized by section and coordinated
with the weekly sales at selected stores.
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Relax and Enjoy

We take care of the meal planning, the grocery list and
the budgeting — while you take credit for making healthy,
home–cooked meals
 that your whole family will love.



So, basically they do all the work for you. How do you like them apples?

Being a vegetarian in a family that eats meat, we've chosen to do the Classic Meals plan, and I make my substitutions/alterations as needed.

And if that's not enough awesomeness for you check out this graphic below  and Use this simple budget form to get the process started


You can preview the different meal plans on their website, pick which one is right for you, and then sign up! This year they have also added some breakfast and lunch menus if you'd like to sign up to get those as well! 
Depending on which plan you sign up for (options are 3, 6 and 12 months worth of menus!!) it only costs between $5-7! That's nothing for the time and money you save letting emeals be your brain!
And guess what? Because I love you, and you love me...if you use the discount code newyear, you can save 15% off your eMeals subscription!!  If you do sign up, be sure to let them know you heard about eMeals from me by putting my name in the “How did you hear about us” section on the contact form.


1 comment:

  1. I've been tithing to emeals for about a year now!!! LOL. But seriously, I know it's good. Just need to stick to it.

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