If you have a hard time planning your meals, or even thinking of ideas of what to create -- then you have probably heard of menu planning. There are quite a few services out there, but from a little research that I did, not many of them have the features that this does! One thing that it offers is special diet substitutions (Paleo? Gluten Free, anyone?) And you can scale it down or up depending on how many people you are feeding that particular day.
Read the review -- and definitely enter the contest below! Over to Arienne now...
Hi there! Arienne here, of The Martin Multitude! Today I’m reviewing Meals – By the Week, a menu planning service online.
Meals – By the Week (MBTW) is an amazing service overall. The things I was most concerned about were tastiness of the food and friendliness to my wallet. I was not disappointed.
The premise of MBTW is to provide menus and the accompanying shopping lists based on what is on sale at stores in your area. When you sign up, you can pick the store you want to be updated on, and they have a pretty good list based on regions. There are also menus based on the way you eat, from cutting calories to cutting meat. In my free trial, I had access to two menus, Walmart (the store I chose) and Meals in Moments. I love that you can pick how many people you’re feeding for the week (2,4,6,8) and also that you can double any particular recipe if you want leftovers or are feeding extra people one day. You can even skip adding a dinner to your list if you know for sure you’re eating out or some such thing. And the food is amazing! They try not to repeat meals more than once every 4-6 months, so it’s always something new, which I love. And within the week there is variety too. Including sides, the meals are well-balanced, and some even have gluten-free modifications when it might take more than just substituting GF products for the regular stuff. And it’s all really yummy.
There are some challenges which you need to consider. It isn’t SUPER-frugal. It will save you time and money, but depending on which menu you choose and what modifications you need to make, it won’t always be the cheapest option. For instance, they didn’t have my local store, Smith’s, on their list, so I chose Walmart. However, Walmart doesn’t have sales, and to get the price-matching, I still need to go through my own local store ads. So I don’t save as much time or as much money as someone who shops a store with its own coupons. Another drawback is that the list doesn’t include breakfasts, lunches, or snacks, so you still have to plan those on your own.
That being said, it is still an amazing service, and it would be worth your time to at least look at a sample menu and see if it might work for you. If nothing else, maybe they will inspire you!
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