A little over a month ago I signed up for a few different recipe websites in an effort to have better organized and less stressful meals. I really wanted to like SpringPad because it’s free and you can keep track of practically anything and everything there, but it didn’t really suit my meal planning needs. You can upload recipes and print grocery lists, but it’s more of a place to keep track of bookmarks than a serious recipe or meal planning website.
On the other hand, I really fell in love with PlanToEat! Their service is free for the first month then is $4.95 a month, or $39 a year after that. I figured I’d give it a try for the free 30 days and see if it was really worth the money when there are other free services out there and I was very pleasantly surprised. In fact, I’ve come to depend on PlanToEat because it’s made mealtime much easier around here! There are a few sample recipes already in your account when you signup, and it’s super easy to add new recipes of your own or from other websites. You can also search for recipes from lots of major sites like MyRecipes.com, Epicurious.com and FoodNetwork.com and just click ‘import’ to add them to your recipe book.
My FAVORITE feature at PlanToEat is the menu planner – all you have to do is drag and drop your recipes onto the calendar, plus you can type in any notes like those fabulous nights the kids spend at mamaw’s 😉 . I print the calendar and post a copy on the frig and keep a copy at my desk so I can always see at a glance what’s for supper. I started out just keeping a copy for myself but my husband suggested posting a copy as well and he’s really been getting into it, I think he’s gotten addicted too 😉 Another benefit is being able to check the menu from elsewhere if I’m out and about and need to know what time I’ve got to start dinner. Plus you can share your recipes with others – check out this yummy Lemon Chicken recipe that we made last week for the freezer!
The shopping list feature is also pretty cool. Once you’ve planned your menu you can click on the shopping list and see all of the ingredients you need, then you can check off the items you already have in your pantry or stockpile and print a list of the rest to take to the store with you.
The PlanToEat service has really saved me time and energy and I’ve enjoyed it so much that I went ahead and paid for a year subscription PLUS I asked them if they’d hook one of you up with a year’s subscription too and they have graciously agreed! Feel free to sign up for your own free month so you can check it out for yourself, and be sure to enter our giveaway for a free annual subscription.
One lucky reader is going to win an annual subscription to PlanToEat valued at $39!
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Disclaimer: I signed up for a free account at PlanToEat and made the decision to upgrade on my own. PlanToEat graciously offered to provide the prize at my request. All thoughts and comments are my own and I received no compensation for this post.