Hello everyone, I have had the honor and convenience of experiencing Meals by the Week for about a Month now.
What is meals by the week?
- Meals by the week is a handy program for busy people,
- it gives you the meals for the week in a weekly plan.
- it gives you the recipes.
- it gives you the shopping list.
- it lets you set up the store that you shop at or what special diet need you have (more later).
- it lets you print out everything, and you can look at your previous weeks plans (in your archive, at the bottom of your current weeks menu) and print the ones you have chosen from those previous weeks.
- it also lets you adjust the servings of the menus (which also adjusts the amounts on your shopping list). You can adjust both the whole week to feed more people (2,4,6,8) or choose one or more meals to double.
- it also gives you your side dishes! You can find them in italics in their recipes.
Further when I delved deeper into the Meals By The Week program, I found that you can go in an tell it that you don’t want/like a meal that it has given you and you can have it take that meal off your list and print out.
I also like the fact that they have a “make it cheaper” and it will help you out by letting you print out coupons etc and at the coupon place too you can set up your loyalty cards and other print out coupons (so don’t worry if they don’t support your stores).
All in all my experience has been fun and has saved me money while I shop. I had set up my Meals by the Week for our King Soopers and I have used the menu & shopping list once, thus far. Why once? My husband and I are both disabled, as such we are on a very limited budget, and we do the vast majority of our shopping once a month. We use the menus and coupons at the same time, helping us save even more. Now they didn’t have King Soopers on the Coupons from their “make it cheaper link”, but they did have regular coupons to print out and, of course, I logged onto King Soopers site and I fill my loyalty card with coupons… saving me even more.
I have to say that using the shopping lists has us thinking that we may try to shop at a place that would have more bins full of the products on our list. Why would we want to do that? Because that handy shopping list tells you just how much of a that ingredient you need, so why pick up more that you need to… those could further save us money. So far we’ve been humming and hawing over this, and haven’t decided if the coupons save us more for the stores coupons loaded to our card or if we can even use coupons at the whole foods type of stores. Ah and yes Whole Foods is on their list of Stores you can customize your menus for.
Clicking on Settings in their site allowed me to go to edit my profile and that allows you to:
Change the usual things such as name, email address, the plan with Meals By The Week that you are on. The coolest part, for me with the edit your profile is that I can go in and decide to click on “Choose Your Store” this brings up a scroll down area that not only includes stores, but it also includes special meal requirements/plans like; 400 Calorie Dinner, Paleo, Price Chopper and Vegetarian. As a matter of fact, I just changed my to price chopper and next release date of my Meals By The Week I shall see the “Price Chopper” menu & shopping list.
All in all, with everyone’s busy lifestyles these days, I think that it will make your weeks easier having your meals all planned out for you. Oh and speaking of easier, they even have what they call this their “Leftover Makeover”. For instance one week I used the recipe for Family Pot Roast which later became a “Leftover Makeover” of Beef Hash. Nummy Nummy! 🙂 And all weekly menus contain the “Leftover Makeover”, which I LOVE! My favorite was actually the Slow Cooker Orange Chicken that turned into your “Left Over Make Over” Meal of Chinese Chicken Salad!
My husband and I may be disabled, but because it’s with chronic pain issues and more, our time in the kitchen can be very tiring and it was a struggle ever few days to decide what we should take out of the freezer and make for dinner.
How did I do my Meals By The Week in practice?
I admit that our budget is so tight that we can shop once a month, so I’ve collected the menus that I love and of course every “Left Over Makeover” and the first dish (for the leftovers) for several weeks and then we shopped for them. I have become the Goddess of Preserving food, since, at the time we shopped, we hadn’t had a full months worth of menus… we picked up some black grapes, that turned out to be sour (oops) and I made homemade grape jam from it, and that has helped with Lunch time. I package all my meats and some par boiled vegies, in vacuum seal bags and potion them out (labeling each one for the menu item on my print out). Sure it takes time, but it saves us money and lets us stock up on foods on sale.
It seems that there are so many features there at Meals By The Week, that I don’t think I’ve done it justice. Though I’ve tried to include all the great things about this program, I probably haven’t touched on them all.
I love using my Meals by the Week and I was so fortunate that they gave me a 13 week plan! So nice that, even after this review, I can enjoy the plan and collect the yummy menus and place them in my folder to use again! And the menus, sure I haven’t tried all the “stores” or special meals but I can say that my menus were all superb, and we haven’t been disappointed yet.
Thank you Meals By The Week for the wonderful experience with your program, I can’t wait for my next menu to come up and see what you come up for me!
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