Getting organized in the kitchen is about more than using your space well (which I will be talking about in the upcoming monster post on organizing your life...!!!) and keeping it clean. Meal planning is a great way to get organized, stay healthy, and even save money.
Give me a break, I just had a baby. ;)
I've known about how effective meal planning is for awhile, but it does take a bit of time to do that, even. And while it's definitely worth it, time is something I'm in somewhat short supply of these days.
So I was pretty excited to be able to review eMeals... I just signed up for a 1 year subscription and am so excited about it! I've been hearing the commercials on the Dave Ramsey show for a long time and was always interested in checking it out. Well, when I signed up and started poking around, I found that I love it even more than I thought I would - right from the sign up page!
Because they have a bunch of different meal plan options for families that have dietary preferences, including:
- Classic meals
- Portion control
- Natural & organic (I chose this option...)
- Gluten free
- and more...
How it Works
- Choose your plan according to your family size, diet preferences, and favorite grocery store
- Get your meal plan, recipes, and grocery list delivered to you via email each week.
Benefits of Meal Planning
- Save money.. no more frantic pizza runs or getting take out because you didn't have a plan.
- Get healthy... having a plan makes it so much easier to stick to a healthy diet, since you'll always have good choices available.
- Lose weight... if losing weight is a goal, having a plan can make it a lot easier to stick to your daily intake goals.
- Save time... since you know exactly what you need to buy there won't be any more of those random trips to the store. In fact, eMeals created this "family wish list" to share with you guys to go along with meal planning.. stick it up on the fridge and let your family check off the things they need. (Though you might have to encourage them to be frugal if that's one of your goals, or you can throw that "save money" benefit right out the window - haha!)
You can download the PDF version here, too.
So if you are wanting to start meal planning in order to get organized or just stay on track with your healthy eating goals, I definitely encourage you to try eMeals! It only costs $5-14 per month (depending on how long you sign up for and what features you choose)... so even if it only saves you one frantic pizza run per month, it more than pays for itself!
Update 3/26/2013: You can currently save 10% on your subscription cost by using the eMeals discount code: easter.
I hope my eMeals review has been helpful - Happy meal planning!