When I first heard of Relish Relish, I was very intrigued. I have heard of services that plan meals for you and write out a shopping list, but this one advertised custom options and a gluten free menu. I had to check it out for myself and the gals at Relish were gracious enough to send this skeptic a free 2-month subscription to try it out. (Because—hey—it’s Tuesday!)
There is no doubt that meal planning saves money—both by avoiding the drive-thru and narrowing your weekly shopping list. However, I’ll confess I don’t always get to it. We are committed to dining at home, though, but we end up with some pretty thrown together meals now and then. I was excited to let someone else plan the menus for a change but worried that we wouldn’t like the choices or it wouldn’t be compatible with my shopping method.
I was very pleasantly surprised! Rather than sending you an email each week with a list of 5-7 meals to prepare that your family may or may not like, Relish allows you to customize your menu. Every Thursday, they send your weekly update with a link to login to create your custom menu plan and grocery list. The weekly meal plans have 10-15 items and a couple specials or desserts. You can look at each recipe, then choose 5 entrees and 1 dessert to add to your shopping list. You also have the option of adding your own family recipes to the menu.
Being able to select your meals helps to plan around ingredients you may already have on hand or plan to buy on sale already. Their ingredient lists also separate the categorized shopping list from pantry items you probably already have. This way, you aren’t buying a 5-lb bag of sugar because the list says so when you have the 1-cup you actually need already at home. Hooray for saving money all around! The savings that will come from having a menu planned each week will more than cover the monthly subscription for most people. However, if you are a strict sale shopper like I am, you’ll get the most savings from planning your menu a couple weeks out, then buying ingredients along the way. It isn’t as simple of a solution, but it will work with our grocery sale system.
You can also access recipes from their archives at anytime. This will allow you to customize your weekly menu based on items you already have or plan to buy. They have added even more value with specialty menus in addition to the weekly plan. You can download & print recipes and shopping lists for lunch, holidays and freezer meals at anytime. I am excited to see what the next few weeks will bring to our table—these gluten free pumpkin bars will definitely be a hit for our Thanksgiving feasts! If you want to someone else to plan your meals too, subscribe now for only $7/month or—better yet—win a one-year subscription here—simply leave a comment, telling us about your menu planning challenges.
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There are numerous products and tools designed to help you live your life. Some will work, while others won’t. Each Tuesday, we’ll share something we’ve tried so you won’t have to spend money until you know it’s worth it! Our selections usually include items that will also save your family money while others will save you time or just make your inexpensive life easier to manage. I received a 2-month subscription to try this service for our readers, in addition to the free subscription for our giveaway, but the opinion is 100% real.