Seriously...the time I save on this task is so appreciated, and to think I'm saving money too...what more can I ask for?!
I once had a problem meal planning. We were seriously trying to watch the budget, so I scoured sale papers and helpful sites that matched current sales with coupons, but I had a major disconnect when trying to put together meals even once I had all of this useful information in my hands.
I worked to find stuff that my family would eat, something we had not eaten JUST last week, and match those things to the sales. I was seriously struggling.
Then while listening to Dave Ramsey's radio show, I was introduced to e-mealz. It is a menu planning website that plans out a week's worth of dinners for you considering the sales of that week.
It totally rocks my world.
You can choose 2 or 4-6 person meals; you can choose from several different stores (currently features Kroger, Publix, ALDI, Ralph's, Walmart, and "any store"); and you can also choose a special diet consideration if you want: like WW Points, Low Carb, Low Fat, or Vegetarian.
And you just click on one link and you have a week's worth of dinners at your finger tips.
It provides a shopping list for you. It is divided by area of the store and indicates which meal the items go with (in case you decide not to use one of the meals, you can cross off all items associated with that meal easily!).
And the shopping lists? Since they are based on the sales, they indicate that the average cost for each week is between about $70/week (some more, some less depending on the store) for the 4-6 person meals.
The cost of e-mealz is just $5 a month. You can easily recoup that in the first week, so it is a no-brainer. You pay for 3 months at a time and can cancel at any time. Use coupon code "Dave" when ordering and save $2.50 off your $15.00 order.
I have continued to save money using e-mealz, but more importantly, I have saved some serious time and frustration and that really Works for Me!
Go visit We Are THAT Family to see what works for everyone else!