Saturday, August 21, 2010
I am a frugal person...or at least I try hard to be! and sticking with a budget is challenging for me, even with all my new found frugal habits. Ive found sticking to a grocery budget to be the hardest of all...I'm always running out to the store because I don't have an ingredient for a meal I plan to make, or I forgot to get something we really needed, or we have run out of milk or bread AGAIN, its a never ending battle trying to make sure I stay within an allotted shopping budget for food.
I have been told over and over by several different people that meal planning is the way to go, and ive attempted it in the past but I just don't have the time to sit down and plan out an entire weeks worth of meals and then take the time to do my regular coupon clipping and deal searching, its just all very time consuming and I have 3 wildly energetic kids to keep up with and care for so my time is definitely precious!
This all leads me to my enthusiastic praise for a super awesome program ive recently started using called E - Mealz!! I had seen a few bloggers talk about it and how much they liked it and I had heard about it through the "grape vine" from several folks in "real" offline life :) SO, I finally decided to check it out for myself, to see what all the hype was about and to hopefully reap its benefits of saving me time & money!
and I have got to say... I am very very happy that I finally decided to take the plunge and join! I have indeed saved both time & money by using the e-mealz program!
How does e-mealz work you might be asking yourself, so let me explain!
E-Mealz will provide you with a full 7 days worth of dinner recipes and also a detailed shopping list of everything you need to make these meals. They give you choices based on the store you would like to shop at, stores they offer meals from include... Wal-Mart, Kroger, Publix,Aldi and more as well as an any store option. E-Mealz also offers meals based on nutritional options including low fat, low carb, gluten free & vegetarian.
Its so simple to use...once you sign up and get your subscription (which is very reasonably priced at 15.00 for 3 months worth of dinners!!!) all you do is go to the site and hit the print button for your weeks meals, it prints off the recipes and shopping list.
No more digging through cook books or searching the web for dinner ideas, no more time consuming list making, no more guess work!!!!!
Seriously, you need to try it if you are anything like I used to be with having a hard time sticking to budget or coming up with meal ideas, this will be a lifesaver for you!