This year I was over zealous when setting my goals. I planned to be more frugal, eat healthy, lose weight and reduce debt. Tackling all of the goals at one time has been a challenge. Since I am paying off debt I have been working more hours, therefore I have found that the goal of eating healthy and being a frugal shopper was more difficult with my busier schedule.
I started off planning healthy meals which got me through the first week. Planning meals has always been a challenge for me even when my schedule was less hectic so it was no surprise that I still found it difficult. After working a long day I would go the refrigerator and stare into it with no idea what to make. I would end up making a prepared frozen dinner in a bag, a can of soup or order fast food. Unfortunately my lack of planning was neither healthy nor economical.
The trick to eating healthy and keeping the grocery bill down is to plan the meals ahead and have the ingredients in the refrigerator when you get home. I love to cook but I hate deciding what to make for one meal let alone decide the menus for the week. I came across a great site e-mealz that is perfect for busy moms and families. You can get your meal plan for the week along with a shopping list of all of the ingredients you need to make the meals. The shopping list is even separated by location in the store so your shopping trip is easy.
If you are on a diet you can choose a low fat or weight watcher menu. If you are a vegetarian there is a menu designed for you. You can choose a menu for a family of 2 or 6. I not only saved money on my groceries by not buying unnecessary foods, but I am preparing healthy meals according to my diet. I no longer spend time in front of the refrigerator at the end of a long day hoping a great meal will fall out. I have almost reached my weight loss goal and I am well on my way to a healthier lifestyle.
If your goal for the New Year is to eat healthy, save money or save time this site may be the answer.