Last week I told you all about this fabulous e-mealz.com website. I'm glad I only paid $12.50 for a three month subscription as it hasn't saved me any money. Here's how it went down:
The shopping list for this week's menu (Walmart plan for two) was supposed to cost me $48.30. I had several things on hand already but also had to buy some of the things they call "pantry staples" so my total for dinner items was $39.62. Doesn't sound bad, right? Unfortunately, that's not all the food we eat in a week. I still had to buy items for breakfast, lunch and snacks. Not to mention this shopping list only included 3 fruits (1 canteloupe, 1 kiwi and 1 lemon). We eat more fruit than that and there weren't a lot of veggies either...The other foods I had to buy included things like orange juice, milk, bread, bananas, green beans, eggs, etc. and that total came to $44.77. It makes sense that my total for 2 meals and a snack per day would add up to be more than my dinners for the week, but I was expecting to see a huge difference in my total today.
I see this site being beneficial for people who shop without a plan. If you don't plan your meals and go to the store and just grab what looks good, then this site will help you have more of a plan (without all the work that goes with it!) and will end up saving you money. I've been making a meal plan since Maddie was about 4 months old when Eric and I started following Weight Watchers. I've been used to it and only buy what I need (plus a little something extra if I'm shopping hungry). I guess that's why I didn't see a big difference in my grocery bill today.
I already paid or the three month subscription so I'm going to continue getting the menu plans and printing them off so I have some new recipes...I'll most likely cancel at that time. It seemed like such a good idea in the beginning. :( Maybe I'll start to like it better over the next three months. I'll let you know.