I was introduced to eMeals in 2012 after one of the ladies in our Bible study bought one of their meal plans on Groupon. After she shared a few recipes, I couldn't wait to try it. The customer service team was even nice enough to give me a 50% off coupon code to use even though I had already missed the Groupon opportunity!
So, what is eMeals? They're another one of those meal planning websites you've probably heard about if you're trying to save money and start cooking at home. They have breakfast and lunch plans, but I only use the dinner plans, as we're not big breakfast eaters, and my parents raised me to be a big proponent of bringing dinner leftovers to work for lunch the next day. They have a ton of different types/styles of plans (follow these links for sample recipes):
- Clean Eating
- Quick & Healthy
- Low Carb
- Low Calorie
- Low Fat
- Portion Control
- Heart Healthy
- Slow Cooker
- Budget Friendly
- Kid Friendly
- Gluten Free
- Simple Gourmet
They allow you to change your meal plan once a month so you can be sure to find something you like. We have tried Classic, Clean Eating, Slow Cooker (what we're on now), Low Fat, Paleo, and Vegetarian. Prior to switching to a Paleo lifestyle, my favorites were Classic and Slow Cooker. Once you know what meal plan you want, choose how many people you plan on cooking for (1-2 or 3-6). Even prior to having kids in the house, we had ours set to 3-6 so that we could enjoy leftovers and serve dinner to friends. On this plan, we sometimes felt we had a TON of leftovers, while on the rare occasion, it only seemed like enough for the two of us.
The next step is what makes eMeals different from any other meal planning site I've ever come across - you choose your favorite grocery store. Why? Because not only do they send you a nice, organized grocery list for the seven different recipes, but they match the items with your selected store's weekly ad to let you know if any of the items are BOGO and/or on sale.
I highly encourage you to try eMeals, (so does Dave Ramsey! lol) especially if you are someone who is trying to start saving money, but still considers yourself a busy person.
*I'm sure there a cheaper ways to go about cooking than using eMeals, but it's a step in the right direction, and certainly takes less time than clipping coupons. Also, the meals they suggest are typically pretty quick and easy to prepare (10-30 minutes).
In order to identify an eMeals recipe shared on this blog, look for the following symbol: