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How I meal plan to save money with Meals By The Week & a Giveaway

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Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Do you meal plan? Have you been wanting to start?

I started meal planning and I can tell you that to meal plan saves the budget big time! Why? Because without a plan, you get frivolous. You overbuy ingredients or buy more food before using up what you already have! I played a round with the most economical meal planning system and came up with one that worked well for me. Meals by the Week does so much of this work for you and it is customizable!

How to Meal Plan to save money
  1. Find or laminate a weekly chart for your meals that can hang on the fridge
  2. Open your freezer, fridge and cupboards and make meals. Write down ingredients you may be missing to complete a meal. 
  3. Make sure you account for side dishes. First use up what you have and write down missing items you need
  4. Grab your coupons and skim ads. I will write the store name next to item I need that is offering the best price so I know where I’m shopping at for the items on my list
  5. Not enough food to make a week worth of meals? Look for what is on sale and create a meal. 
  6. Head to the store with a list! You have already scanned the ads and the main dish items that are a great price or side dish items priced at good sales, you will have on your list so you have food heading into the next week. 
  7. Make sure if your grocery store has a coupon app, you download it and add any pairing coupons to it so you are ready at checkout to save even more.

How to put together a meal

Meals by the Week has done this for you. Once subscribed, you will choose the store you frequent most and they will provide you with a week worth of meals and the corresponding shopping list! Better yet, they also link you to coupons available for any items on that shopping list. The meals are complete meals that offer everything on the food pyramid you need to offer healthy choices. You can even choose your style menu so you get the type of diet that fits your needs.

Now the problem with some meal planning sites is they don’t offer enough OR they offer too much for your size family. Meals by the Week leaves you the option to scale each recipe to your family size from 2-16 people. Don’t like a meal they are offering? Remove it and all the ingredients for that meal will disappear off your shopping list! This was my favorite feature because I have not seen that in some other sites I have visited. 

How much does this service cost?

There are 3 plans to choose from: a 13 week, 26 week and 1 year plan. The bigger the plan the more the savings, but it averages to less than $1.40 a week. So worth it when they are doing all of the work for you! You just have to Click, Print & Shop!

Still indecisive? Let me help you out! Right now, my readers can save 50% off a 13-week subscription. Just use the code: ParentingHealthy at checkout to save!

The Giveaway
1 lucky reader of mine will win a 26-week subscription to Meals by the Weeks ($30 ARV). Enter below on Rafflecopter. Ends 6/3/14. Open to US.

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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