October 21, 2011

Can you help this reader?

211057_138553919372_4239119_n A reader and friend left a comment on the CICT Facebook wall asking the following question:

Good morning Gabe. Any experience/thoughts about something called E-mealz? It's something that Dave Ramsey endorses. We're thinking about trying it out.

I haven’t used this program before.  Have any of you?  And if so, do you have any feedback you could offer him?

3 comments:

  1. I've read a lot about it and follow their blog. I was tempted to try it (it's not very expensive) but I stopped myself. They offer meal planning (with recipes) based on sales ads. You pick the store you shop at (Aldi's, Kroger, Walmart etc.) and they send you a weekly plan, based on the current in store sales and the recipes for those meals. Now, I thought this was genius and when they said that their meal plans are usually around the $75 - $85 dollar range for a family I thought "AWESOME" but then I thought about it some more. That's $75 - $85 for dinners only - no breakfast, no lunches, no drinks or snacks, just dinner. I usually spend around $150 for two weeks of groceries and that is for my dinners, breakfasts, snacks, drinks, lunches - the whole kit 'n kaboodle. So when I really thought about it I realized that it was not the deal for me. Other people may be spending way more than so maybe it will be a good deal for someone.

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  2. I have used this service for over a year now. I found an online code for a discount for my first enrollment in the program. The previous comment accurately describes the service, so I will just offer my comments about my use of the service. I cook for two adults and two small kids, I use the Kroger family plan. If I purchased the food for all seven meals I would use up my complete budget up on dinner too, but because the meals fix more than we will eat in a meal we will use some for leftover meals and I reduce how many meals I have to make for the week. We also use the leftover for lunches. Why I like this service - I get frustrated planning meals for a week (or two as I'm doing now) and without a plan we eat out more, I waste food, and I don't enjoy the process of cooking dinner each night. This service gives me a jump start on my meal planning. The recipes vary and have few repeats over a year and offer the opportunities to try new thing in our household. I supplement my family's meals with some of our family favorites every week in addition to the planned meals. Am I getting my money's worth out of the service ? I think so, for about a dollar a week someone else suggests meals that are cost conscious and correlate with current sales. If I need to save money I can avoid the more expensive ingredients. Will I continue long term? At this point I will because it helps with intangibles like reducing frustrations when being creative with meal planning or approaching the kitchen at dinner time.

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  3. Great info. Thanks so much for your responses! Given the rut that I've been in for a couple of weeks now with my cooking, it might be something to try for our family, even if it were just short term.

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