Like most people, I hate doing our yearly taxes, but one of the things I REALLY dread is when we take a long, hard look at exactly where our money goes, and how much of it. One of the places we seem to always spend a lot is the grocery store. Although we typically eat out on weekends, I cook every night for the family. I am always looking for ways to save money at the grocery! Recently, someone told me about E-Mealz and I was curious to try it out and see if it really worked. What is E-Mealz? From the website: “E-Mealz will help you to save time, money and make time for family with delicious weekly dinner menu plans everyone will love!”
How does it work? For $5 a month (yes, you read that right…a mere $1.25 a week) you can register for one of 26 meal plans, published weekly, that are tailor-made for your family’s needs. You choose the plan according to where you shop (menus are based on weekly specials and sales a particular store), dietary needs (Low-Carb, Low-Fat, and Vegetarian are available), and your family’s size (anywhere from 2-6 people). Registration is fast and easy and within minutes you print your weekly menu (complete with recipes) and grocery list! If your particular grocery store isn’t on the list, you can even choose the “Any Store” plan that gives you an economical menu no matter where you shop. The grocery list is incredibly easy to follow as the items are organized. If you decide to eliminate a meal or two should your family choose to eat out, everything is coded so that you can easily scratch off whatever you don’t need to buy.
This week’s Wal-Mart meal plan total was under $80, which is far less than I usually spend. I hit the store with my list in hand and was able to easily collect the things I needed. There were a couple of things my store was out of, so I had to get a different brand, some of which were slightly higher priced, but my grocery total was not much over what E-Mealz anticipated and was still far less than I normally spend on dinner items.
This week’s menu included Roasted Chicken with Cranberry Feta salad, Salsa Steak over Rice, and my kids’ favorite, Cinnamon Swirl French Toast. (What is it about having breakfast for dinner that is so good?) Other menu items were equally delicious and balanced, and I was happy to see we weren’t eating boxed macaroni and cheese in order to spend less at the grocery. See a sample menu here. Recipes are super easy so you don’t have to be Emeril in order to put something delicious on the table for your family.
I would highly recommend E-Mealz to anyone looking to save time and money. You can even give E-Mealz as a gift to someone you love. Check out the FAQ page too so that you can get answers to commonly asked questions. You can also check out E-Mealz on Facebook and Twitter and see what other money-saving cooks are saying.
I will be following E-Mealz for the next month and will post again at the end of the month for a wrap-up. In the meantime, I am so excited to share that E-Mealz has very generously offered our readers a membership discount. Any first-time subscribers can earn 10% off your membership by entering the code savemoney when prompted at registration. E-Mealz also offers a referral incentive if you have friends sign up! Incredible! Let me know if you sign up and what you all think! Thanks, E-Mealz!