I first heard about the E-Mealz menu planning service from a friend who started using it about six months ago and she was just raving about how helpful it had been for saving money and planning her meals. Then, it seemed, I was seeing it mentioned here in there in the most random places…..a photography blog that I follow, another online article and more. For only $1.25 a week (billed every three months for a total of $15), subscribers to the Family Plan receive a full seven day week’s worth of menus including recipes and side dish suggestions. There is also an option for a Meal Plan for Two with five meals per week. To obtain the menu, subscribers can log in to view and print their menus which remain on the site for a total of two before being cycled out for a new week. This provides the flexibility to meal plan any day of the week that works best for your schedule. Recipes are rotated every five to six months so that you get a true variety of meals to choose from each week. The bonus? With every meal plan comes a grocery list, organized by store sections, which you can just print out and take to the store with you to help make shopping a breeze! Ingredients are number coded so if you don’t want to prepare a certain recipe that week, just cross off the ingredients with the corresponding number. The list also includes an “Other Groceries I Need” section that allows you to add to the list. For the store-specific plans, the total cost of the grocery list is given at the bottom. Most plans budget for an under $75 average grocery bill. What’s unique about this service is that it not only has meal plan options for basic menus, subscribers can also choose a Holiday or Vacation Menu or Vegetarian, Points System, Low-Fat, Low-Carb or Gluten Free menu plans. If you live in the southeast United States, you can also choose a meal plan based on your local grocery store like Aldi, Kroger, Publix or Wal-Mart. Meal plans for these options are planned to take advantage of the weekly advertised sale items to help you save even more money! Here is a basic rundown of the features: Cost: $15 billed every 3-months ($1.25 weekly) Free Trial: Yes, sample menus of each type are available for you to print and try Format: web-based so you print directly from their site. Frequency: Weekly Photos of Recipes?: No Customizable? No, but you can choose the menu you prefer based on your needs Nutrition Data for Each Recipe: No Generate Grocery Lists for Each Recipe/Menu? Yes! Blog: Yes at Make Time for Family Forum: No Facebook: Yes Twitter: Yes Notes: The site also has articles for even more money saving ideas, they also offer a Gift Certificate option which is a great idea for newly married couples, new parents, and just about anyone! The E-Mealz service is great for someone who is just starting out with meal planning or someone who just doesn’t have or want to take the time to find their own recipes, collect them and plan each week. With the variety of menu plan options, there is surely something for everyone’s taste! E-Mealz is giving one lucky reader a ONE-MONTH subscription to it’s service. Here’s how to enter: PRIMARY ENTRY **UPDATED 3/28/11 THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED** EXTRA ENTRIES (do one or more of the following) 2. Become a follower of my blog (link is on the left of this page) 3. Like Meal Planning Magic on Facebook 4. Email subscribe to my blog. 5. Vote for my blog at Babble.com’s Best Mom Food Bloggers. Search alphabetically to find my blog (page 4) and click Like to vote (I had to start over in my voting for 2011 so your votes will help move me up!) Remember, leave a comment for each entry. Only one entry per person per method listed above. If you are already a follower, “like” this blog on Facebook or subscribe to my blog, you can still have an extra entry–just mention that in the comment. Good luck! Giveaway Rules: Congratulations to #5, Robin! She is the winner of this giveaway! Disclosure: I received a one-month subscription to E-Mealz. However, the opinions expressed here are my own.
They no longer offer the Points option. They simply stopped without ANY notice to the current points subscribers. They have horrible customer service and I asked for a refund since they weren't willing to work with me on the points option.