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Grocery Shopping
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Today was my first day trying out for my family.  As a wife and mother, and daughter and friend, and full-time worker, and part-time small business owner, and part-time husband and I are often looking at each other at 7 pm wondering what we are going to have for dinner? Well..that's too late!  I have a wonderful 2-yr old son that goes to be at 8 pm (thank you Lord!) but obviously we need to have our dinner strategy settled before 7!

As I've mentioned in previous posts (Events, Saving), I am a Dave Ramsey fan and am currently enrolled in Financial Peace University at my church.  While browsing recently, I found a link to this website E-mealz.  Their design is to help families save time, save money, and spend more time together by taking some of the leg-work out of meal planning.  They provide a detailed menu (with recipes) and grocery list (with prices) each week to the store of your choice!  So if you shop at Publix, Kroger, Wal-Mart, or Aldi - there is a plan for you! 

Keep in mind that there is a cost associated with this service, but it is minimal.  For a mere $1.25/week, they provide you with recipes for a variety of meals and the meals are customized to focus on sales at your favorite grocery store.  There is a plan for Families of 2 and Families of 4-6; there are also specialty plans for Low Carb, Low Fat, Points, and Vegetarian.  

So I printed off my list today for Publix which is where I do most of my grocery shopping.  I had a list of 7 meals that included Warm Barbecue Chicken Salad, Steak Tips & Mashed Potatoes, Chicken & Dumplings, and Black Bean & Corn Chicken.  The recipes sounded delicious and were very different than our typical weekly meals.  But I thought to myself...surely the grocery list will not be accurate.  The lists are published on Wednesdays (or whenever your favorite store's sales begin) and include all sale prices in red...could they be that timely?  Well, the approximate price on my list was $84.87 which is close to the average amount I spend at the grocery store.  To my surprise and amazement, my total grocery bill was $83.20 and every single item I purchased was the exact price from my list!  Of course I had some substitutions for some family staples and things we already had, but I was delighted that I was able to leave the store for the same amount and have this week's dinners all planned out!

If you are in a similar situation and are looking for ways to save time, money, and spend more time with your family - check out!  If you are interested in a 20% off Promo Code, contact me today!


  • Charles 5 years ago

    Thats a wonderful idea! I's a single parent and I go to school full time. I often find myself in the same situation and end up eating Mickey D's 0r BK. I could definitely use the help. Thanks.

  • Melissa 5 years ago

    Charles - I am so glad you found this article. We eat a lot of fast food too and it's depressing with such a little one. I hope this helps you - keep me posted at!