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Are you trying to reign in your budget after the Christmas spending season, have a goal for the new year to cook more meals at home or are just lacking in the home cooking motivation department? I have found myself the past few months totally falling into the last category. Between losing the joy in/inspiration for making yummy dinners and listening to the kiddos always complain about what I make, I was ready to tell everyone we were going to eat a month of PB&J for dinner. Ha! But then I remembered emeals and saw the just-introduced Budget Friendly meal plan from eMeals that they created to stretch the savings they already provide by helping families put dinner on the table for an average of $85 a week—all without sacrificing flavor, variety, nutrition or the cooperation of picky eaters.
The fun thing with meals is that they let you have a 2 week trial before you subscribe. I always like to try things before I buy them so I HAD to give it a try. At first, I thought $85 a week was a lot, but after asking around on Instagram and Facebook, I found most people spend around $10 a meal for a family of 4 when cooking at home. It also sounded like people eat out a lot more than I realized. I also talked to eMeals and they said $85 was an average pricing. If you coupon or price match you may save more.
My eMeals Trial Results After 1 Week:
Saves On Stress
I am not a big meal planner. I know I should be to save money, but realize even more that meal planning ahead of time (not the day of) saves on stress. It was so nice to be able to know that I have everything I need in my cupboards for the meal I am cooking that day after my one big day of shopping (see next section). I never realized how much this saved on stress and totally understand why my friends love planning all their meals out in advance. These are a handful of the meals I created.
Saves Time Shopping
I spent less than $50 on groceries for the meals because I already had all the meat at home and was able to get it all in one shopping trip made easy by eMeals’ shopping list. They break down everything that you need into categories (dairy, meat, produce, etc.) so you can go to one section of the store at a time and get everything you need.
We Are Eating Healthier As a Family
Since every meal includes some sort of veggies or salad, we are eating healthier. And since each day it is a different variety of vegetables, my kiddos were more willing to try them (I also showed them this picture that shows which veggies/fruits help which party of our body that I found last week). My kiddos also appreciated the variety of sides, which sometimes included bread (they love it!).
Allows for Variety and Building New Skills
I had fun creating new meals and learning new ways to make different foods. Some things I never took the time to look up and/or never realized how easy they were to make from scratch. And let me just admit, it was nice just to make and eat new food! Plus, we had enough leftover to pack for my hubby’s lunch and dinner the next day, which saved me time.
Saves Time in General
A huge bonus was that we had enough leftover to pack for my hubby’s lunch and dinner the next day, which saved me time in the morning not making more food because we didn’t have enough from the night before. Putting his lunch together was a cinch. I also saved a lot of time from getting distracted. I have a crazy problem where I get easily distracted on the computer. Being able to log on to eMeals, print and then shop for everything in ONE shopping trip saved me from spending hours researching online to find meals my family will enjoy and then running to the store a few times because I missed something from the ingredient list. Plus, it allows me to spend more time with other things calling my name…like, laundry!
Makes Me Feel Awesome!!!
I am finding joy in cooking again and if I ever want to try a new plan (like Slow Cooker or Paleo), I can easily switch to one of the other types. They have over 16 to choose from!
Don’t know where to start? Start with the 14 day trial! I highly recommend the the Budget Friendly plan a try go from there. For as little as $5 a month, you get seven menus delivered to your email inbox and the eMeals mobile app every week, along with recipes and a grocery list covering all seven dinners. Simply go to www.emeals.com/meal-plans/
Check out this yummy Smoked Chili Recipe courtesy of eMeals. 🙂