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Lately, our food budget has been a bit out of control because we have been so crazy busy, so when I saw a whole year of eMeals on Amazon Local for only $29 (normally $59), I jumped on it! Worst case scenario is that we hate it, and if that happens, I am okay with losing the $29. While I am working 10-hour days, the Big Guy is in school and watching the baby, we have found that our nutrition, as well as our food budget has been suffering. I was hoping that eMeals might be at least a partial solution to our problem.
Some Background on eMeals:
“Both Jane and Jenny are active moms, devoted wives, and very, very busy. Jane was frazzled over trying to pull off dinner for the family week after week. Her meal plans were scribbled on napkins and lost in her purse. So she went to work creating a better way to make meals happen. Along the way, Jane recruited Jenny, who is not only a fabulous cook, but also happens to be her sister.
Working with a talented team of professional meal planners, experienced home cooks and technical gurus, they developed eMeals to feed their families and preserve their sanity. Hundreds of thousands of relationships later, Jane and Jenny built a way to make moms’ lives easier — and to bring families together at mealtime.”
How Does it Work?
First, you pick your eating plan and your family size. There are many different meal plans to choose from including Classic, Gourmet, Slow Cooker, and Portion Control. Under some of the plans, you can even choose your favorite grocery store! Personally, I love ALDI, so I chose that. What is amazing about eMeals is that when you choose your grocery store, it puts that store’s prices on your grocery list, giving you a good idea of how much you are going to spend. I have found this price list – at least at ALDI – to be fairly accurate. If anything, the prices are lower because an item went on sale!
Second, each week a full meal plan as well as shopping list arrives in your inbox. You can also log in and print it from you eMeals account. While in your account you can also change your meal plan – anytime you want!
Third, shop according to the included shopping list. The ingredients are divided into sections of the grocery store, and the list even includes “pantry staples” along one side that the recipes assume you have. A quick glance at the staples tells you which ones you need to pick up and which ones you have on hand.
eMeals is endorsed by Dave Ramsey, and runs under the assumptions that $75 a week can feed dinner to a family of 4. (Personally I think you could feed the family cheaper, but this is an excellent way to help when the budget is out of control). The choices and options from eMeals gives you a complete meal plan as well as a shopping list simplifying the meal process for me!
We are totally loving it! The Big Guy is not good with meal ideas, but he can shop off a list and follow a recipe like a champ. I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to not wonder “What’s for dinner?” Makes my life much simpler, that’s for sure!
Is your grocery budget out of control? Check out eMeals!
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