Back in May, a reader asked me for my opinion on E-Mealz, a seven-day dinner plan for four to six people based upon your local store sales. I didn’t have much of an opinion to give because I’d never tried the service myself.
Well, after that post went up, I had the opportunity to try out two of the dinners plans for myself to see what I thought of E-Mealz. Let’s start with what I didn’t like about E-Mealz first:
Cons of E-Mealz:
::They don’t cover a number of big store chains. If you don’t have Aldi, Walmart, Ralph’s, Publix or the Kroger region they write their menu-plan for, you won’t be able to benefit from the store-specific menu plan. However, they do offer a few other plans which are
::They only plan your dinners. You’re on your own to figure out breakfasts and lunches — and the price of those is not included in their $75 per week budget.
::The meals aren’t all that healthful. Most of the menu plans use more boxed, canned and processed foods than our family normally consumes.
::You don’t have the flexibility to plan your menus based upon your stockpile. While it’s helpful they are planning the meals around store sales, they can’t predict that you were able to buy a lot of sour cream, carrots and spinach marked down at your store last week. In the long run, planning your menus based upon what you have on hand in addition to what’s on sale at the store, shopping at more than one store, shop the marked-down section of stores and stocking up when items are at rock-bottom prices will definitely reap you greater savings than following a pre-planned menu ever will.
However, there were many things I liked about E-Mealz and definitely feel like they’d be a perfect fit for certain people — especially those who find menu-planning very tedious and time-consuming. So, let me also share what I liked about E-Mealz:
Pros of E-Mealz:
::It’s simple and easy to follow. You just log in each week, print your menu and grocery list and you’re pretty well good to go.
::It’s inexpensive. For only $1.25 per week, someone else will plan all your dinners and write up your grocery list for you. That’s a pretty good return on your investment of money!
::It’s detailed. The plans are very thorough and detailed, including prices, nutrition facts and more.
::It can help streamline your life. If you currently feel like your life is a juggling act and if you add in menu-planning you’re going to start dropping balls everywhere, then paying for E-Mealz might be exactly the ticket to your sanity!
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