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Thursday, September 8

How We Plan Our Menus....Stress-Free!

We all know we should be planning our menus ahead, but getting around to actually doing it never happens for some of us...  Last summer, we met the founders of Build a Menu at the Dallas homeschool convention, and got to know both the people and the company, and they are just awesome!  The program accommodates any diet type, including allergy-free and Trim Healthy Mama, so it's versatile and useful in any family.

I thought I’d show you exactly how it works so you can make an informed decision.  (Scroll down for a video about the process.)

You can sign up for your subscription at the bottom of this post.  They've got a special right now, through September 24th - get a Premium Membership and Done-4-You plan for twelve months for only $40 - that's only 77c per week for peace in the kitchen(If you don't love it, there’s a money-back guarantee, so it’s totally risk free to try.)
1. Choose your store.
They let you choose your grocery store so you know how much your meals are going to cost.  I love that it includes Aldi and Walmart – since those are in almost every area!  Personally, though, since I shop farmer’s markets, stores, and barter frequently, I choose the “any grocery store” option.
2.  Choose your recipes. You don’t have to plan out 3 meals a day if you don’t want to, but it’s nice that everything is included if that’s what you want to do.
You can open up the recipe ingredients and look at them to see if it is something your family would like.  You can also see approximately how much each recipe will cost to make, so you can skip the ones that don’t fit your budget. 
Categories include :
  • Dine on a Dime
  • Trim Healthy Mama
  • Family Friendly
  • Allergy Friendly
  • Low Fat/Sensible Portions
  • Low-Carb
  • Gluten-Free
  • Vegetarian
  • Soups On!
  • Manly Meals

Each category has several recipes in which you can choose from.  You also have the option of choosing recipes that feed 1-2 people or 4-6 people.
Another cool thing is that if you want to have something more than once, you can select how many times you want to have it, and the ingredients will be adjusted on your shopping list accordingly. (For example, it will tell you exactly how many ounces of beans you need to purchase.)
3. After you select your recipes, you click “Build My Menu” and you’ll be able to add your recipes to a calendar on the days you’d like to have them.  You can plan up to a month at a time; though you don’t have to do that much.

You can also skip planning it out on the calendar and just go straight to printing your list of recipes and your shopping list.

As you’re checking off the recipes you want to use, the program will tally up your grocery total for the week!  That’s perfect for those of use trying to stay on a strict budget.

Your shopping list...

I love how it’s divided up into sections of the store, and how it even lists staples so I can make sure I have enough of those things.  It shows you what recipe each item is used for, and also computes your shopping list in such a way that if you need a half an onion for one recipe and another half onion for another recipe, the shopping list will reflect one onion. This saves money and waste. 

An Added Perk…
For every member who joins the site, they donate to one of many selected orphan care charities.  This is not just once, but every single month that the member stays with the program! You are not only helping your own family, but you are helping children that really need it. You can even pick the charity of your choice. 

You can sign up for your subscription using the button below.  They've got a special right now, through September 24th - get a Premium Membership and Done-4-You plan for twelve months for only $40 - that's only 77c per week for peace in the kitchen(If you don't love it, there’s a money-back guarantee, so it’s totally risk free to try.)

 **Not ready for a full subscription?  Clickhere for a free 2 week trial.**

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