You may have noticed our “I <3 Emeals” button on the right side of the page and we’ve mentioned it a few times in previous posts. Well, I am here today to tell you a little bit about it and let you in on a super awesome deal!
Adjusting to motherhood was a little difficult for me. After having our son I had NO time (or energy) to sort through all our grocery circulars and pick out deals and coupons, make a meal plan based on those deals, go to 4 different grocery stores then come home and make dinner, prep food for lunches, etc. I used to do all of that every week. I LOVED making my meal plan! But those days are over. No, I was busy dealing with a VERY slow eater, some pretty serious medical issues, barely being able to keep the dishes done and vacuum. So, I signed up for Emeals (<- affiliate link).
This is how it works. Emeals shops all the stores (country wide! So there are LOTS of options for places to shop), they grab all the deals, make a meal plan and shopping list out of it and send it to you every Wednesday. (see example below )
You choose your plan based on amount of people in your family (3-6) or (1-2), then based off of store (ALDI, Kroger, Publix, Ralphs, Safeway, Wal-Mart, Whole Foods or “any other store”), OR specialty menu. The specialty menus include Clean Eating, Gluten-Free, Low Carb, Low Fat, Portion Control, Vegetarian, Natural & Organic. What’s even better is that you don’t have to sit and debate forever which plan you want. If you don’t like your plan after a couple weeks, switch it to another, no problem!
This is how I work it. Emeals sends me 7 dinner ideas for 3-6 people with prices based on if I’m shopping at Whole Foods. I chose the 3-6 person plan because of portions (I do not want to cook every night of the week, I would much rather cook 2 – 3 times a week and have left overs). So I circle the meals I want then highlight the ingredients for those meals on my shopping list or cross out everything I don’t need. Then take my edited list to the store. I also chose Whole Foods over Natural & Organic or Clean Eating because they are almost the same plan, but the Whole Foods grocery list also includes prices. So when I go shop for our meals, I can compare my Fred Meyer prices to what I would pay at Whole Foods. Sometimes it’s cheaper at Fred Meyer, often times it’s very similar, sometimes it’s actually cheaper at Whole Foods! I like knowing I’m getting the best price! (Whole Food’s 365 brand is my FAVORITE! Such good prices!)
So I go through, pick 2-3 meals depending on what else we have going on that week, dinner at a friends or a pot-luck means I don’t have to cook 3 times and I can get away with 2. I save even more money by buying my chicken cheap and freezing it, we buy 1/4 grass-fed organic cow every so often from my Aunt and Uncle so that keeps our beef cost way down and I usually try and pick a vegetarian meal every week also. Now, we only get the dinner plan. Jake gets free lunch as a perk of his job, and I just scrounge up whatever I can find throughout the day, but Emeals did just start offering a lunch plan (that can be used at any store) if you want to think about it even less!
You will not be sorry you did this. I LOVE Emeals for the ease of use, so convenient to just add a few random items to their pre-made list every week. And the best part, the meals are actually GOOD! We’ve only been disappointed by 1 so far and we’ve been using it for several months now (and I subbed some ingredients in that meal, so maybe it was my fault? Lol)! I mean, it’s $5 a month, how could you go wrong? At the very least, you get some awesome, EASY, recipes out of it!
This is not a sponsored post and we did not receive any compensation to write this. We do, however, receive a small sum if you sign up for your Emeals plan through our affiliate links. We personally use Emeals and love it and really do save a ton of money and time each month. There is no obligation to use our links, but if you do, we want to sincerely thank you for choosing to do so!