Monday, November 2, 2009

Relish! Weekly Meal Planner Review and Giveaway


Do you want to plan your weekly meals to save money? Do you find yourself making the same meals all the time? If you read my blog on a regular basis then you know that I think weekly meal planning is key to saving money and time. Who doesn't want to save money at the grocery store? Relish! is a meal planning service that will save you time and money.

I was intrigued when
Relish! asked me to review their service. While I like the advantages of meal planning, it is time consuming to look for new recipes. Relish! is an online weekly meal planner where you can customize your meal plan to your tastes.

With
Relish!, each week you choose 5 entrees and a dessert. I love that the meal choices have icons telling you whether a meal is Kid Friendly, Crock Pot, Quick, Lower Calorie, or Vegetarian. After your choices are made, Relish! makes a comprehensive grocery list for you. Your weekly printout includes the grocery list and the recipes. Just cross off the list any item that you already have on hand.

Here are some great advantages of the service:

•All dinners are kitchen-tested (no more disasters) and take 30 minutes or less prep.
•5 dinners and sides cost less than $85 per week at the grocery store. You will notice substantial savings by sticking to a list!
•Monthly freezer menus are included in the subscription, plus much more
•You have the ability to enter your own family recipes to the system. Relish! will add them to your favorites folder so that they can be added to your weekly menu at any time.

Relish! also offers a Gluten-Free living menu planning service called G Free Cuisine! This is so wonderful for people who are on gluten-free diets.

I love this system! It has made my life so much easier. Relish! meal planning services cost just $7 per month or less if you buy several months.

The Giveaway:
Relish! has offered to giveaway a one year subscription (a $58.50 value) to one of my readers.

To enter: visit
Relish! and look around. Then leave a comment below saying how you think that Relish! could help you.

Additional entries: You can do any or all of the following to earn extra entries. Please leave a separate comment for each that you have done.


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  • Stumble or Digg this giveaway or any other recent post on my blog. One entry for each different Stumble or Digg. (Limit 2 total)
  • Subscribe to my blog ( see the left side bar to sign up). Current subscribers are eligible too.
  • Blog about this giveaway and leave a link to your post.
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Giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on Thursday November 19th at 11:59 pm CST. Winner will be chosen using a random number generator. Winner will be posted on this blog and notified by email. Please make sure that you leave your email address in your comment or on your profile so I can contact you if you win. Winner has 48 hours to respond by email or a new winner will be chosen.

**Relish! provided me with a free trial and year subscription for posting about their service and hosting this giveaway. The opinions expressed above are my own.**

84 comments:

Bewitchin' Kitchen said...

I love menu planning, and I think this could help me because it is a "one stop shop"

Bewitchin' Kitchen said...

I follow

Amanda said...

Gosh, where would relish not help me? I have the most difficulty with planning dinners. I would love to have some of the thinking done for me and plan a weeks worth of dinners at a time.
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Dolphin Girl said...

I love that it gives me new ideas for meals!

Heather said...

Relish would help me with fresh ideas.

Heather said...

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Heather said...

I subscribe

Kris said...

Relish would help me with new ideas and it would make my shopping list easy - that always takes me so long and I just give up and get the usual.

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Angela said...

I would benefit from meal ideas. My husband gets bored with the same meals.
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Amy said...

I love it when someone else plans for me! Less for me to do. I really like the monthly freezer meals. This seems like a really flexible system.
Thanks!

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Joanna said...

I love to look at photos and recipes to inspire new ideas. It would make the "what should I make" question a lot easier.

Andrea (ace1028) said...

I think this would help me avoid those days that I stand around trying to figure out what the heck to do about dinner! Thanks for the chance to win!

Sandy Hop said...

I LOVE this! This is such a great idea! I'm newly diagnosed with Celiac Disease- and menu planning is nothing short of overwhelming (I've literally left grocery stores in tears with nothing in my hands). How awesome would this be to bless my first year Gluten Free! Wow!

Sandy Hop said...

I'll follow you for a while too- I think you and I will get along just fine. (wink, wink)
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graphic i said...

who couldn't use this...it would be wonderful!! right now i have my own excel spreadsheet...however, it seems to fail me a LOT often :( thanks for the op!

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i am following you on twitter :)

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Sandy Hop said...

I'm following you now too!

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Trish said...

Wow looks like a fantastic site. I think it would save me both time and money. Thank you trishbazin@yahoo.com

Kim said...

I have the hardest time planning my meals. This would make my life so much easier! kim226(at)live(dot)com

Meli_Mama said...

In addition to the regular menu, I think we would love the healthy lunches that can be prepared the night before. mgmeacham at gmail dot com

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Mom and Sons said...

Wow, what a fabulous service! I like how each recipe is categorized! Now ... if only they had a category for "picky husband"! I also think that the grocery list would make it so that I could even send my husband to the store and not worry that he'd miss anything!

Mom and Sons said...

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dakotacorgi said...

Love Relish. It looks like it would make my hectic week so much easier with the planning already done.

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I'm Anitra! said...

I especially like that they can help me find kid friendly recipes. My kids are so picky! Thanks for the giveaway

Christel said...

I love the idea of a menu planner.. right now I don't plan a thing.. I look in my stockpile of food to see what I want to eat. I go by whatever I am hungry for that particular moment. I like the idea of make ahead meals so I can just pull out something and heat it up. :) Thanks!!

Christel said...

I follow.

Christel said...

I subscribe.

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Heather said...

Relish! would help me have a plan when dinner time rolls around.

Christine said...

This would be great to win. I signed up for Saving Dinner as a menu planning service which was a good service but alot of the dinners didn't suit my family because they were "bland" so having a more customized plan sounds awesome!

Christine

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luckystarmjg said...

Trying to imagine how much more time I would have on my hands if I didn't have to wonder about 5PM every night when the children start asking,"Mom I am hungry, what's for dinner." What am I going to fix tonight and how long is it going to take to make and am I going to have to run to the grocery store for the 4th or 5th time this week to get the ingredients I need to make it. I would love to have the peace of mind of knowing what we are having, a weekly trip to to grocery store knowing what is on the menu, and eating dinner at 5:30 or 6:00PM at night instead of closer to 7!

Kristy said...

I love that all their recipes are done in 30 minutes or less!

Kristy said...

Follower!

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Subscriber!

mverno said...

it would save me time and money in the long run
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~ said...

I have been trying to get organized with a menu for a while now, but I just never seem to have time to get it all done. I think that Relish would make it so much easier to get it all together.

~Deidra
deidra.fl at gmail.com

Jessica said...

Oh my gosh,I hate planning dinner...this is what I need!

Anonymous said...

I always head out to the grocery store without really thinking through meals for the week. I think Relish! will help organize not only my meal planning, but also help me cut down on items I miss when I go shopping!
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Stephanie said...

I love that it gives you a grocery list for the week and that you get to choose which meals you want.

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Stephanie said...

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Robyn said...

I need help to get a little variety in our menus. I also would love to have an itemized list for my food. Grocery shopping would be easier with much less impulse buys to bog down my budget.

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Robyn said...

I subscribe via reader

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Robyn said...

I follow on twitter (coolestmommy)

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Dree said...

I think Relish could help me by helping me save money by sticking to the list.

rskmom said...

It would help me stay motivated with my meal planning, thus saving me money!

dliver316 said...

This would really help me b/c I have such a hard time coming up with ideas that my whole family would like. I love that you can print out a grocery list. This sounds so great!

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Meredith said...

What an awesome idea! Meal planning is the number one essential tool for saving money on groceries. I am always looking for new ideas to cook healthy meals for my family. A service like this is perfect because it helps you to know what foods to buy and how to match those foods up with meal planning so you will have less waste.

Anonymous said...

I have 4 children. one that is 2months old and a toddler that is 18months along with two ten age boys. this would help me not only be organized but also to save some money on my food bill every month. Thank you judy jesseandjudy1080@gmail.com

AudreyO said...

I love the point and click. I'm such a supporter of menu planning but it's work. Point and click is AWESOME

myspiral said...

This would help me save by planning ahead, and no more last minute mac-n-cheese nights!
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Lacey said...

I like to cook when there is 30 min of prep or less and I am new to grocery lists and such. I need help!
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Sarah said...

WOW this sounds WONDERFUL!! I really need help with meal planning and grocery shopping. We are on a very limited budget. I'm the only one working as my hubby has lost his job. So anything to save $ and help feed my family of 4 is awesome in my book

Jen said...

I think Relish could be a big help to my family. I always intend to meal plan but never get around to it. I love that you can enter your own recipes as well.
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Jen said...

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I follow you on twitter as greatgiveaways.
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I have your button posted on my left sidebar.
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Jen said...

I blogged about this giveaway.
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Lea Ann said...

I just became a follower, thanks!

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Lea Ann said...

I think Relish is a great idea. It would be a great time to start it, with being so busy with the holidays and coupon shopping. I love the lists, everything is done for you. Awesome, thanks!

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Sahm Lee said...

This would be a great way for me to try new dishes without loosing my mind! thanks for the contest!
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chazvgo said...

With the meals take 30 minutes or less prep. I should have not problem getting dinner ready :)

Katrina said...

I have been wanting to start menu planning, but have no clue how to go about it. I would love this!

kngmckellar said...

I'd love to have some meal ideas. I usually have the same old things.

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Mishia said...

It could help me cook for all of the picky eaters in my house.

lilyk said...

I think Relish! could help me by making easy to plan my meals.

lilyk said...

I subscribed to your blog.

Anonymous said...

relish would give me ideas.
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Wishing on a star said...

I wouldn't be stressed with meal planning, wow!!

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