Meal planning can be one of the easiest ways for a family to save money – without or without couponing. And, dinner time can be one of the most stressful times of the day, especially when you find yourself in a busy season of life. That’s where a tool like emeals can come in handy.
Meal Planning for Busy Families
A subscription meal planning service, emeals can save you time and money. With multiple stores and meal plans to choose from, there is something for nearly everyone. There are, literally, a dozen meal plans to choose from, such as:
Not only that, but you can choose from eight specific grocery stores or a generic list for any other store. You’ll recognize some of the major grocery chains, including:
- Whole Foods
Even Target and Walmart are on the list and you can further customize your meal plan by indicating your family size.
Each week, you’ll get an email with your meal plan for that week, including recipes, prep time, and a printable shopping list that you can take to the store with you. The meal plans include a main dish and side dishes. For an additional subscription price, you can even add breakfast and lunch menus and shopping lists.
Oh, and don’t worry about choosing a meal plan that you don’t like. You can change plans once a month, which means you can try a few or try them all until you find the one you like best.
Grocery Savings with emeals
Being able to choose your store not only makes shopping convenient, but, if you’re a coupon shopper, you can save even more by matching up your coupons with the sales and buy-one-get-one free offers listed in red on your emeals shopping list.
Even if you don’t use coupons, you can save money just by taking advantage of the specials emeals has discovered for you at your favorite store each week. Plus, I find that I save money any time I shop with a list just because I stay focused on what I need and don’t throw a bunch of unnecessary items in my shopping cart.
Try new recipes with emeals
Some of the recipes are for more classic dishes (on the classic meal plan, anyway), such as BBQ pork or shepherd’s pie. There are always some new (to me) recipes to try, as well, especially on some of the other meal plans.
Now, I’ll confess, I haven’t used emeals like I thought I would. I don’t just print off the recipe and head off to the store. I’m too set in my ways for that, I think. What I have been doing is saving all the emailed menus in a folder so that I can pull them out and get new recipe ideas for when I’m feeling stuck or in a rut.
Have you ever tried emeals? Do you think a subscription menu planning service would make your life simpler?
Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.