How to Save $317 On Your Food Bill This Month

How to Save $317 On Your Food Bill This Month

By Dustin | Finances & Careers

Last October, Bethany and I made one seemingly simple change that has now saved us an average of $317 on our food bill each month.

I want to share with you exactly what we did and how you can do it, too.  In fact, at the end of this post, I’ll show you how you can actually save a bit more just for being a member of our Engaged Marriage community.

So, What Was the BIG Change?

We signed up for E-Mealz.

E-Mealz is an online meal planning service that was started by a couple of busy Moms who were looking for a better way to manage their families’ time, health and financial well-being.

It has become a major help to thousands of busy families, and it has won the endorsement of financial guru Dave Ramsey.

In our case, we were eating carryout restaurant food too often, plus we were wasting groceries on a regular basis.

We shopped for what we thought we needed during each grocery store trip, but without a plan we inevitably found ourselves opting for the “convenience” of takeout/delivery and (at the same time) letting groceries expire before we actually used them all up.

Plus, our grocery shopping trips weren’t organized to take advantage of sales and store discounts since there’s no way to know this information without guidance from someone who tracks it.

How Does E-Mealz Work?

It’s really simple!

You just choose the best plan for your family from the 26 different options on the E-Mealz website.  These include a mix of food types (regular, low-fat, portion control, vegetarian, low carb, gluten free), family size and your favorite grocery store (or choose the Any Store plan if your grocer isn’t listed).

Then you just log in each week and print off your new meal plan and shopping list.  All of the ingredients you need for your weekly shopping trip are organized onto a single page and broken down aisle-by-aisle for your store, and the meal plan/recipes are on a second page.

You can even click here, browse the meal plans and print off a sample plan to check it out for free!

We haven’t noticed any recipes repeating since we started in October, although E-Mealz says their most popular recipes may repeat every 4-6 months.  That’s a lot of variety!

And in case you’re wondering, the meals are almost always DELICIOUS…so we have lots of new favorite dishes that we wouldn’t have discovered without this service.

How Does E-Mealz Save You Money?

In addition to simply eating out less and grocery shopping with a plan, E-Mealz menus are actually planned to give you the best value with each shopping trip!

The weekly plans are set up to coincide with the sales at your store for that week.  This alone can represent a major savings if you aren’t already tracking and planning your shopping trips and specific meals based on your store’s weekly sales.

Plus, you will most likely be eating healthier under your E-Mealz plan, which means you’ll lose weight, feel better and ultimately have lower medical bills!

What Does E-Mealz Cost?

E-Mealz costs just $5 per month, or $1.25 per week. Given what you save with sales, less eating out and no more wasted groceries, this is just an incredible value.

I am proud to share our experiences with E-Mealz with you, and I’m proud to endorse their great service.  Check it out!

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About the Author

Dustin Riechmann created Engaged Marriage to help other married couples live a life they love (especially) when they feel too busy to make it happen. He has many passions, including sharing ways to enjoy an awesome marriage in 15 minutes a day, but his heart belongs with his wife Bethany and their three young kids.

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Rebecca

What a great service! I will be choosing the Publix meal plan for two.

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    Dustin

    Very cool, Rebecca! We don’t have Publix around here but they seem to be very popular.

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Melissa Evans

I’d pick the Publix plan for 2 or the GF plan for any store. We’re new to a gluten free diet and this would be a great way to learn!

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    Dustin

    Thanks, Melissa. I know Tony and his wife (at my other site FitMarriage.com) swear by a gluten free diet. I think this would be a great way to amass a lot of GF recipes!

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A. Keller

It’s a toss up between doing the ALDI plan or the Couples-only plan. I’m leaning towards couples-only right now! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

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    Dustin

    My pleasure, A!

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I am torn between the Wal-Mart for 2 or the ALDI for 2 plans. My only concern is that I would need something bigger… My wife eats a serving, and I normally cover at least two. So I might have to upgrade to the Wal-Mart or ALDI family plan.

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    Dustin

    Hey Matthew,

    I wanted to let you know that we do the “for 2” and the portions are usually generous. I eat quite a lot, too, and we usually have leftovers even if we share some with our kids.

    Also, you can switch your plan up from time-to-time in case you didn’t think the portions were big enough for you.

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    Paul

    I use the ALDI for two plan and we have plenty leftover even though it’s my wife and I and two toddlers.

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      That’s good to know! So often recipes give portion sizes and I just laugh as I read them.

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Elizabeth Gooch

Thank you so much for this! As a single mom, this will save a fortune in time and money. I’ll be choosing the Wal-Mart portion control for 2. This is definitely a no-brainer purchase!

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    Dustin

    Thanks, Elizabeth! I’m so glad this is helpful for you. And yes, it’s hard *not* to save $1.25 per week, which covers the cost of the plan.

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Laura Moody

Kroger family plan

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    Dustin

    Thanks, Laura. We don’t have Kroger around here (any more) either.

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I think the couples only or the low-carb would be great.

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    Dustin

    Thanks for entering, Krissa!

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Maria

I would go with any store 4-6. We just took in my husband’s stepsister and her 3 kids so our table has gone from 4 people to 8 people overnight. This is very cool.

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    Dustin

    Wow, that’s a lot of mouths to feed, Maria! I think E-Mealz would be a big help.

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Gregory Wilson

Think I will go with the Portion Control (Any store) for me and my new wife. Thanks for sharing.

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    Dustin

    Thanks Gregory, and congrats on your newly wedded status!

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Jacie

Wow! I’m thinking e-mealz is one of the sweetest ideas ever! I’d want the Low Fat Wal-Mart plan for 2.

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    Dustin

    Thanks, Jacie. It is pretty sweet. 😉

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Cool concept.
With our family of 4, we’d probably just go with the Regular Family Meal Plan with Aldi.

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    Dustin

    Thanks, Michael and thanks for helping to spread the word!

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HopeF

I would do the Low-Carb Meal Plan.

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HopeF

I tweeted about this giveaway.

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I’ve seen a few people talking about this – very good concept! I love the store match-up feature as well. I do that now on my own, but freeing up more time is always nice. 🙂 I would choose the GF plan with Kroger deals for 2…I would have to adapt it a bit for a partially grain-free diet as well, but getting the gluten out is half the battle right there.

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    I mean GF at any store…they don’t offer it for Kroger 🙂

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HopeF

I mentioned this on facebook.

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Tammy Stoker

I’m going to try the low fat family plan for any store. Or possible the low fat for two, my daughters aren’t very adventureous eaters, so I could double a recipe if it looked like something they might enjoy!

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Erin

Choosing any store meal plan, although I’m wishing my local stores were listed, so I could take advantage of the weekly deals!

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Jessica

I’d do the family plan for any store…what a great idea!

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Julie in Houston

I think I would go with the low carb plan with either Kroger or Walmart. Is there any way to incorporate 2 stores? Thanks for offering the contest! Id love to try it out. I need to automate my meal planning.

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barb m

I’d have to choose the Kroger meal plan, since we almost always shop at Smith’s or Food 4 Less (with our pile of coupons.) Of course, I would prefer the lowfat or portion control for my husband and myself, but we have 4 teen boys and 2 young girls, who eat like horses, so how would that work? I’d hate to have to pay for and buy 2 different meal plans and all the food. Oh, that’s right, I’m ALREADY buying all the food; LOL!! Thank you!

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mike ahern

I’ve been researching eMealz recently and I would probably go with either the family plan or the Low CArb plan any store.
Mike

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Carrie

I would choose the any store meal plan. I’ve heard good things about E-mealz before and I would love to try it out. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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Kimberly

I will choose the family, vegetarian meal plan. Sounds awesome!

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Emelia Rogers

Great website! I will choose the low fat, family, any store plan!

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Beth

I would defininitely do the Aldi for two, even though it is just me. It sounds like the portions are big enough I could either have leftovers or freeze a portion for another meal, which I am trying to do more of anyway for busy nights.

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Amanda Flaska

I would choose the lowfat family meal plan. Thanks for sharing!

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aly brown

i would do the walmart plan for two…it’s just me and husb for now and he’s a student. i have dreams of grandeur involving me being a stay at home mom and a couponer. but while i work full time, neither of those things is possible. we’d love to save money! what a great idea.

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Sara

What a great thing! Thanks for the resource. I have been looking for this for a long time, and because my family is so picky and has restrictions, it’s tough to put us in something that could work. I took a look at the sample menus, and think we would do best with the Walmart family meal plan or reduced carb plan. We only have Walmart or Albertsons where we live, so I don’t think any of the others would work for us.

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lori

I would chose the family plan for Aldi. Thx.

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Naomi H

I would choose the gluten free plan for any store. Looks like a great service!

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Dustin

Congratulations to SARA who is the lucky winner of a 3-month meal plan!

For everyone else, please don’t forget that you can save 10% off your plan using the coupon code “efmarriage” at checkout.

Thanks all!

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Awesome stuff! Thanks for your effort in creating these posts!

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