Update: The winner is sponge423. You should receive an e-mail from me shortly.

Right after I had the baby, life was chaotic and stressful. The baby was up several times in the night, I was recovering from a c-section, and we were busy taking care of three kids.

I heard about E-mealz, and signed up one day later. E-mealz is a great service, especially for those busy seasons in life. For $1.25 a week (a 12 week subscription is $15.00), you choose a menu plan based on either a particular grocery store you go to such as Publix, Kroger, etc. or based on a particular diet chose such as a plan that counts Weight Watchers points (that is the plan I picked as I try to finish losing the baby weight), is low carb, vegetarian, etc.

Then, once a week, you log into the site and print off the week’s menu and grocery list. That’s it. All your meals are planned for the week, and your grocery list is complete. It doesn’t get any simpler than that.

I love this service. I probably won’t subscribe forever, but for this busy time of life, it definitely works for me.

I have heard some people complain that sometimes the menu plans include too many processed foods. There are some processed foods on the plan, but they are easy to substitute. For instance, on my menu this week is 2 Lite Caesar salad kits. Instead of buying these, I will just take a few minutes to make my own salad. If you are a bit flexible, I don’t think this is a problem.

I have also heard other people complain that it is too expensive to buy all of the groceries. For instance, my menu plan calls for 3 lbs. of chicken this week. What if chicken is not on sale? I don’t want to pay more than $1.99 a pound for chicken.

If you don’t stock up during sale times, this can make the menu plan a bit more expensive to follow. I combat this problem by stocking up when prices are low. Just a few days ago I found ground turkey (normally $5.99 a pound) discounted to .99 a pound. I bought 5.5 pounds. My menu this week calls for Texas Turkey Burgers. I don’t have to pay a fortune to make these because I already have the discounted meat in my freezer.

My husband and I have found that following the Weight Watchers points system menu actually makes us eat healthier because the suggested vegetable servings are much larger than we would normally eat.

The Giveaway
E-mealz has generously offered one lucky reader a free 12 week subscription to try out this service. There are two ways to enter:

1. Visit E-mealz’s website and leave a comment telling me which plan you would like to sign up for if you win.

2. Blog about this giveaway or post it on Facebook and leave a comment telling me you have done so.

Please make sure to include your e-mail address so I can contact you. This giveaway will be open until Monday, June 21st at 9 p.m. CST.
The winner will be chosen by random.org. Good luck!

I did not receive any compensation from E-mealz.

I shared this at Works for Me Wednesdays.

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