As you know, I am a BIG fan of meal planning. It’s a top priority with my $100/week grocery budget. For those of you who are having trouble with meal planning, I have a great service to recommend: eMeals.
(and a GIVEAWAY!)
eMeals was launched in 2003 by sisters Jane DeLaney, mother of four, and Jenny Cochran, mother of three who were frustrated by the challenge of coming up with healthy, budget-conscious meals for their own families and inspired by their own mother’s frugal ways.
eMealsrelies on a team of experienced meal planners, writers and editors to create new dinner menus every week that are designed around grocery store sales, seasonal specials and diet preferences. For $5.00 per month, subscribers download a recipe plan for the week with a matching aisle-by-aisle grocery list.
Recipes are easy to follow, contain less than 7 ingredients and can be prepared in 30 minutes or less. One of the biggest benefits is helping families stay within their budget, because they know exactly what they need to purchase at the store each week. Menus are created around a budget of $75 per week for families and $35 per week for couples.
eMeals graciously signed me up for the Gluten Free Walmart Plan and the Any Store Family Meal plans so that I could check them out. Here’s what I found:
I received seven gluten free dinner meals with recipes AND a grocery list. E-Mealz tells you the prices for each item at the selected store and tells you which staple items you will need for the week’s meals. The staple items on the week I looked at included items like Gluten Free Soy Sauce and Salad Dressing, Butter and Parmesan Cheese.
The recipes looked fairly easy to make and they even included a crock pot recipe in the week I looked at. On the downside, a few of the recipes didn’t look very kid-friendly (sauteed scallops on garlicky spinach, for example.).
The cost for the 7 gluten free dinner meals was $89.21, which is fairly budget friendly, especially for a gluten free diet. You would have to add breakfast and lunch items to your grocery bill, but I think you could easily make $150 a week budget purchasing the E-Mealz dinners and those items.
With this plan, I received 7 dinner meals with recipes and a grocery list, but because no specific store is selected there are no prices given.
Again, a few of the recipes would not have gone over very well, but I could easily adapt the recipes for my family and having a starting point for meal planning is great.
While I spend much less per week by buying primarily sale items and cooking simpler meals (you can read more here), if you are having trouble with consistent meal planning and you are spending more than $150 a week on groceries for your family, E-Mealz can definitely help.
Click here if you’d like to see all the available meal plans and try it for yourself.
To help you get started with meal planning I’m giving away a FREE 3 month E-Mealz subscription ($21 value)!
1. Leave a comment telling me what keeps you from meal planning.
2. “Like” The Peaceful Mom on Facebook and share this giveaway (use the blue “f” button below this post)
Follow @thepeacefulmom and Tweet : “I would love to have the _______meal plan from @E-Mealz.” (use the blue “t” button below the post) Leave a comment saying that you have done so. 3. Visit the E-Mealz Blog & “Like” your favorite blog post and leave a comment saying you have done so.
*You may enter once for each category for a total of three entries.
*Contest ends Wednesday, January 18th at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.
*The winner will be chosen from the comments on this post and will be notified by email.
*Don’t forget about the $100 Walmart Gift Card Give Away from The Peaceful Mom!