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It’s more challenging than ever to find the time and the money to prepare healthy and tasty meals. We are all so busy during the week that when we get home, having to decide what you want to eat and going to the grocery store seems like an impossible task.

Only now, businesses have become smarter, and have figured how to solve our meal planning problems.

Meal planning services are all the rage right now, and you may be wondering if it’s worth your time and money.

That’s what I’m here to tell you! Today, we’re talking about the kind of meal planning services that decide what you’re going to eat during the week and send you the grocery list you’ll need.

Let’s weigh the pros and cons together and find out for ourselves if they are worth the hype!

Pro #1

There’s no more having to have the same thing week in and week out because you don’t have the energy to look up and try new recipes.

By using a meal planning service, you’ll be buying new items that you might not have tried otherwise.

With thousands of recipes in their database, you’ll likely never repeat a meal unless you specifically request to have one again.

Maybe you’ll try a new food and have it become your favorite. There are all kinds of new foods you could be tasting!

Con #1

If you’re not into trying new things, this kind of service may not be for you.

Meal planning services are all about introducing new recipes to you so that you expand your pallet and try new things that you may love.

Change is good, so if you’re looking for something new, you’ll have to go with the flow with this kind of meal planning.

Pro #2

The good news is, there are now stores that offer drive-thru pickup!

One of the biggest ones is Walmart. If you’re the kind of person who likes to buy in bulk, this is great for you!

All you have to do is get online and put everything the meal planning service had listed for you.

At your convenience, you can choose a time to stop by and pick up your groceries.

Everything gets done for you, and all you have to do is be the go-between.

Con #2

Depending on which store you choose to drive by and pick up with, you may face paying a fee for this service.

On top of your grocery cost, you could be paying a maximum of ten dollars for them to bag it all up for you.

Ten dollars may not seem much, but it will always add up over time. That’s a lot of money you could be saving for something else.

Many Walmart stores will offer these services for free, so make sure to give them a call and ask!

Pro #3

For a full recipe guide and meal plan, these prices are quite reasonable.

Plus, you’ll be paying less for a planning service that’s only sending you a grocery list instead of sending the food along with everything else.

Con #3

Even the cheapest of meal planning services are too steeply priced if they aren’t in your budget. When it comes down to it, if you can’t afford to purchase these meal planners and have enough for everything else you need and then some, having this service will do no good for you.

Right then and there, I can tell they won’t be worth it for you. For these services to benefit you, they have to be in the realistic realm of how much you can afford every month.

These services have to make money, and therefore they have to charge more than anyone would like.

While meal planners are helpful and will save you time, they may break the bank in the process. Be careful and know what you can really do each month.

So, are meal planning services worth your time and money?

 

Time

Absolutely! Not only will you try new things but you won’t have to do anything thinking about those recipes in the process.

Meal planning services are a great way to add an hour back into your day!

Money

It’s a no-go, people. Personally, unless you’re ready to spend more on meals than you have to, I wouldn’t do this.

If you spend the time putting together a meal plan yourself, you’ll be saving this money to put into another budgeting category altogether.

Here’s the deal: you have to weigh which is most important to you, time or money.

If time is what you’re looking to get back, this is the answer for you!

However, if money is an issue you need to keep walking and get out that menu planner calendar.

Meal planning services can be a fun way to try new things, but you have to make sure they meet the expectations that are specific to you!

YOUR TURN: Do you have any days that you always have the meal planned? Let me know in the comments below!

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