-Giveaway Closed-One of my goals for 2012 was to work on meal planning. I was so excited when emeals contacted me to see if I wanted to try out their online meal plan service and to offer a free 3 month subscription as a Giveaway for one lucky reader! Keep reading for details...
If you aren't familiar with emeals, it's a fantastic online meal planning resource! After you choose a subscription, you find the kind of meal plan you want and the store you want to shop at, and they email your plan each week--with a categorized and priced shopping list. They have over 30 menu plans for a family ranging from 2 to 6, with options including low carb, low fat, clean eating, natural and organic, and vegetarian. They have a nice selection of grocery stores and mass retailers to choose from.
It doesn't get much easier than that, people.
I was worried that my picky husband would starve for lack of tasty options or that my kids would ask "where are the nuggets?" but we have been pleasantly surprised. There have been a few times I've glanced at the menu and knew one particular dish would not appeal to small kids (or a grown man with the palate of a four year old). Easy peasy---I just made a few changes to the dish, sides, or decided to try something different for that particular meal.
Without giving away the secrets of emeals, I did want to show you how cleverly organized it all is. Here's a peek at the Menu Plan for a week (I chose Wal-Mart). Items are marked as "make ahead," "grill," and even "slow cooker." Each ingredient is clearly listed, along with instructions for the meal.
The grocery lists are organized by section, and the price and number of each item is clearly listed. Love this!
I think you could find ways to save even more by substituting or couponing, but I like that by using the grocery list, you have a predictable budget.
You can also visit the emeals blog for recipes, tips on organizing your life, and planning family fun!
Want to WIN a 3 Month Subscription to emeals?
*Here's how you can enter to win (separate comments for each entry, please):
1. (Madatory entry) Visit emeals and leave me a comment here with the name of the meal plan you'd like to try.
2. "Like" emeals on Pinterest
3. "Like" emeals on Facebook
4. Tweet this Giveaway with a link to this post: @eMeals Meal Planning #Giveaway via @Serenitynowgirl! http://bit.ly/OlsApW
5. Facebook this Giveaway with a link to this post.
6. Link up a post to my Weekend Bloggy Reading link party this weekend and include a link back to me within your post for an extra entry!
Get your party hats on! My Weekend Bloggy Reading link party is scheduled as usual for tomorrow morning (8 am ET), so be sure to swing by with your best post of the week.
Here's the button code for the party if you want to get a head start! Recipes, crafts, home decor, party ideas, tips and tricks, you name it. Come prepared to showcase your blog and find some great weekend reads.
*Giveaway open until 10 pm (ET) on Sunday, July 29, 2012. Open to U.S. residents only. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. I received a subscription to emeals in exchange for a review of the system. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.