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Old 01-18-2012, 02:56 PM
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Originally Posted by VegasGrace View Post
OUCH! $65 a year? And that's if the price doesn't go up. Maybe for large families that would be a good investment but for a family of 2.... that's not really a good idea. But I'm glad it saved the OP money.

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Old 01-18-2012, 07:18 PM
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One thing that always amazes me is the refusal that some have to paying for education. People will pay tens of thousands of dollars for a college education which includes at least 15-20 courses that are pretty worthless. However, if they are asked to spend $100 for a day seminar to advance their knowledge, they cry bloody murder.

E-mealz costs a whopping $1.25/week and it helps people plan their menus and the like. If each family that subscribed to the service ate just ONE FEWER meal in a restaurant, the return on the investment would be substantial.

Personally, I cannot see how the OP is saving 75% on her grocery bill by planning out a weekly menu but I have NO DOUBT that she is saving a lot more than she is spending.

As for me, I have no interest in meal planning, period. I do not plan my meals in advance. I do not carry a grocery list EXCEPT to remind me that I still have not bought those @#$% #4 coffee filters and have only six left. My menu plans are made at the grocery store when I see the specials and this week's prices. And as I shop for the most part at local independents, ethnic groceries, and Aldi, I do not think that E-mealz would be of any use.
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Old 01-18-2012, 11:13 PM
Location: In a state of denial
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Originally Posted by StealthRabbit View Post
If I saved 75% on my food bill, I would be spending $25 / month. (for 2)

Already this week (and it's only Monday!); Grilled Salmon, Crab, Fresh fruit smoothies (from our own frozen fruit + $.29/# apples, pears, oranges and melons), H & C omelets, Steel cut oatmeal, Apple salad, Broccoli salad. Yum, I'm hungry even after my brownie and Ice Cream.

I shop 'lost leaders' and coupons, I stick $100/ month in an envelope for both groceries and eating out, when it is gone (rarely), we don't eat. No big deal, freezer is full of berries, salmon, steak, ribs. In a pinch, we can always live on Top Ramen for $.10 / day /each. We also volunteer at a homeless shelter, so can eat there in a pinch. Or 'dumpster dive' with my buddies
Wow! Wish I lived with you all so I could learn these techniques!
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Old 01-19-2012, 09:34 PM
Location: Victoria TX
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I'm seriously missing something here. What did I do wrong?

I went to their site and looked at their "sample". I estimated the price at my supermarket for the ingredients of their first three meals for two. The price came to $25.50, for six meals, which is four bucks a meal. That would be $120 a month, for dinner only, one meal a day. Some things were in parentheses, labeled as "staples", which have already been paid for separately.

I eat three meals a day, and my grocery bill all goes on my credit card, and it rarely goes over $80 a month, including snacks and beverages, and a few non-food items.

Some of the things on the list were "bag of salad" and "can of frozen pizza dough". I have absolutely no idea how much those things cost, so maybe my price estimate was off by a bit.

I agree that it might be a decent idea, for someone who has no sense of meal planning or who throws a lot of impulse items or pre-packaged quickie packs in their cart. But there must be dozens of websites with meal-planner features, that you don't need to pay for.
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Old 02-09-2014, 06:54 PM
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I see this is an old thread and that I commented on it several years ago. I did end up signing up very briefly. When I did, one of the "meals" that was on my menu was Hot Pockets. Really?! Well ya, I could use coupons and buy stuff like Hot Pockets and spend very little on food, but my husband wouldn't eat it.

That was a few years ago and maybe they've improved by now. But I don't need to spend $1.25 a week for someone to tell me to serve Hot Pockets for dinner.
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Old 02-27-2014, 06:14 PM
Location: Tampa, FL
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I first learned of the Emeals site thru the Dave Ramsey website a couple years ago, & I signed up for it for about 6 mths. I really liked how they combined the sales with recipes, & I since always use coupons, I found that I saved quite a bit.
I quit using it after I learned their techniques. But I thought they were well worth the money.
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