With food prices inevitably going up due to the drought, families are looking for ways to keep those grocery bills in check. A new crop of websites have stepped in to meet that need.
The Fresh 20, eMeals, Saving Dinner, and The Six O’Clock Scramble are some of the “meal-planning sites” that offer recipes and grocery lists to help out with the family meals. The Fresh 20 focuses on budget-friendly, healthy, seasonal meals, offering vegan and vegetarian options. EMeals keeps budget at the forefront of its meal-planning for busy people. Saving Dinner, founded by media personality, author and “family cooking expert” Leanne Ely offers tips and tricks for meal planning, for instance, how to use smoked salt. And The Six O’Clock Scramble offers ideas for meals prepared in 30 minutes or less. All ask for a small monthly fee (less than $10) to join the subscriber list except for Saving Dinner, which has a fundraising option that offers users a commission.
Users of these sites have praised them and they’re proving to be big business for the founders. Generally speaking, lifestyle experts recommend a weekly meal plan as a way to save money and time during the week. These sites can also add variety to the dishes you’re serving, especially if, (like me) your cooking skill is a little lacking. These sites are also great for dads who are new to the kitchen and sharing some of the mealtime responsibilities.
Do these sites sound like something you’d like to take advantage of?