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Every two weeks I used to tear my hair out thinking about what I was going to cook next. My kids wouldn’t have cared if I made frozen pizza and salad every day. I, however, am not a leftover kinda girl, plus I wanted to start cooking meals nourished my family. 

I don’t know about y’all but coming up with meal plans was a pain in the butt. You know the routine, create the menu, create the grocery list, then off to the grocery store. Schlepping up and down each aisle, comparing prices, and fighting the crowd.  Not to mention what happens when you forget an item and have to go back to the store mid-week.  

Grocery shopping is something we all need to do but it is one of the most energy draining and time-consuming activities ever. 

What’s a mom to do? Not feed her family? Purchase packages of ramen noodles and tuna fish? Maybe order pizza or run by KFC every night? Not that there is anything wrong with any of these (no judgment here), but those methods get costly in the long run. 

Nope, babe, you got options. I’m going to share 5 services that have helped me to spend less time on menus and store runs. Allowing me to spend more time and energy on what matters most to me.

  1. eMeals – this one is my favorite thus far. You can choose between of variety of meal plans. They have Paleo, Budget Friendly, 30 Minute Meals + many more plans to choose from. You can choose to just have dinner meal plans or you can get meal plans for all meals. They also have special occasion menus as well as dessert plans. With eMeals, you can connect your menus directly to grocers like Kroger, Walmart, Instacart + Amazon Fresh to have your groceries ordered and delivered in many cases. *see why they’re my favorite* Here’s my own personal link to try them out for 14 days for free. http://emeals.com/invite/charmaine-johnson-fuller
  1. 5 Dollar Dinners – I enjoyed this service. It was mainly crockpot meals but the meals were family friendly. I still have and use many recipes that I got from this service. Although 5 Dollar Dinners isn’t connected to your local grocer they still provide a list of the ingredients you need for each recipe. That way you can shop from the list or add it to your favorite shopping app. http://www.5dollardinners.com/
  1. Meal Planner Pro – This is a service where you can grab recipes from the internet or their site. You can create your own meal plans and shopping list from the recipes you add. With each recipe, you add you can then add the necessary ingredients to your shopping list. They have two versions a free subscription and a pro subscription, hop on over to their site to check them out. http://www.mealplannerpro.com/
  1. Kroger Click List – The ability to order what I need via an app has been life-changing. I don’t know about you but every time I walk into a grocery store I come out with more than what I intended. For me, click list helps me to stay focused and avoid the congestion of the grocery store. If you don’t have a Kroger in your area check with your local grocer to see if they have a click and pick program. http://www.kroger.com/
  1. Amazon Subscribe & Save – I haven’t done this one in a while but it saves hella time, energy, and money. By having your household staples auto shipped on a monthly (or bi-weekly) schedule it helps you avoid the stores. Amazon delivers these staples to your home so you don’t have to remember them or worry about them running out. Check out my personal link to see how easy using Amazon Subscribe & Save is. https://amzn.to/2HyGJRx

I hope these have given you some ideas on saving yourself time, energy and money (3 things I hold dear) to give you more time to hang with family or build your business.

What tools have you used to help save you time from the mundane tasks of life?

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