Friday, June 10, 2011

#1 Budget Buster- Food

I really enjoy eating. Maybe even a little too much. Meals are like 3 delicious celebrations everyday. And I'm delighted if I have enough room between meals for a good snack or dessert. I'm even eating while I write this post. Ok, this food love-fest is getting a little far out. But you get the picture.
Anyway, I think I could safely say my food budget is second only to my mortgage. Which is sounds silly to me now that I say it, because we're only feeding 3 people. One of those people is a 2 year old who doesn't eat much, so we're really only buying for 2 adults.
One of the things that has turned food into a budget buster around our house is how busy we are. Busy people do not want to come home from work and write a meal plan and grocery list, shop for the groceries and then cook it all every night. Especially with a 2 year old. Busy people want to come home from work and let their brain turn to mush.
So in an effort to spend less and to think less, I've done what I've put off for so long: I signed up for e-mealz. I've known about e-mealz for nearly as long as I've listened to the Dave Ramsey Show, but put off trying it until now. I can only report on week one, and so far the meals have been pretty good. And EASY.
I'll have more to report after I've used it for a few weeks.
If you don't know what e-mealz is, I can tell you it's a weekly meal plan and shopping list. They have a variety of meal plans to choose from depending on your family size, dietary needs, etc. I use the regular meal plan for 2 for any store. We only had leftovers of one meal this week. You can see a sample meal plan on their website as well.
To check it out, click this referral link.
You can get a $2.50 discount on the first 3 months with promo code DAVE. Yeah, as in Ramsey. ;)