Monday, March 16, 2009

Mealtime Quandaries

SAVE TIME AND MONEY WITH E-MEALZ MEAL PLANSIn the last 5 months since being introduced to the art of couponing and frugal living, one of the things I've heard again and again is to MAKE A MEALPLAN. And when I do, we end up having plenty of food, a dinner time plan (instead of . . . what should I make for dinner question) and WE SPEND LESS. However, I can clearly recall doing this ONCE. I have the best intentions. Sometimes I get an unexpected moment to run to the grocery store (baby free) and I'll jump on that chance. But, when that happens I usually don't have my meal plan just ready and sitting around. I love reading Making Dough. Emily makes the yummiest dinners. I also know Photos, Fingerprints, Crayons & Coffee written by Emily (my dear friend) makes delicious meals & is good @ meal planning too. Me. Not. So. Much. Honestly, I can cook. Hate it when it takes too long & requires all the dishes in my kitchen being used. Mostly though, I'm tired by 5pm and by 4pm naptime is over and both babies crave their cuddle/laptime with mommy. Laptime. That requires sitting & not in the kitchen. So, with some good excuses now of why I don't mealplan. Oh did I mention that I just plain run out of ideas?! I found this site (and can't remember how). Probably blog hopping. Thought about it for a couple days and thought I'd give it a try. I'll let you know how it goes. Promoted by Dave Ramsey (go figure! Seems to be the theme this year . . . ha!) this service only cost $1.25 a week/$15 every quarter.

PS - Okay, I did my food shopping last night for this week's meals & totally stayed within my food budget & stocked up on the juice sale at Safeway. I also had to purchase around $10 of meat that I normally wouldn't buy unless it was onsale. So, I will update you later on how good these meals are! Wish me luck.

EDIT - IF you were to join E-Mealz . . . would you please do so by linking thru the banner at the top? I will then receive the referral. Thanx!


Emily said...

What? You're not gonna share what's in your meal plan? You're gonna leave me hanging.
Not Fair!
Can't wait to see how this works out for you.
Very interesting!

BTW thanks for the "link love" !

Erik and Mary said...

Thanks for sharing ;-) we are going to check it out.

Shelby said...

Hi Jackie. I came across your blog from April's. We actually met at Betsy's baby shower.
Anyhow, just wanted to let you know that I signed up for e-mealz and used your link! What a great idea!! I can't for dinner to be simplified.

Shelby said...

That was, "I can't wait for dinner to be simplified." oops! :)

Jess and Jodie Bergers said...

Sounds like a great idea....except when you have extremely picky eaters. Oh, and did I mention I'm the worst of them all! :-)

Yankee Wife said...

Shelby - Thanks for the referral! I hope you enjoy trying some new & simple dinners. So far the meals have been a big hit with my fam. AND! My husband is a VERY picky eater :)

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