Plan To Eat Review

 plant to eat review

When I decided to try my hand at meal planning, a friend suggested Plan To Eat.

I’d honestly never heard of them, since meal planning was something that I figured just wouldn’t work for us. With five kids, RSD that knocks me sideways and into bed without warning, how could I possibly meal plan? I’ve tried it before, and found it incredibly time-consuming and frustrating. With a family my size, my ability to have any uninterrupted time to focus on anything is few and far between.

But, I knew that this was something I needed to do, for my budget, and also to get my home running smoother. I also knew darn well that going it alone wasn’t going to work for me in the slightest. So, I checked out the program.

Honestly, I was impressed. It’s incredibly simple to use, and heaven knows I *need* simple in my life. They even have video tutorials available.

Basically, how it works is that you go through your favourite recipes online, or you can input them into the recipes on the site. You can get a handy-dandy toolbar doodad (don’t you just love my technical terms? I swear, I have all the tech know how of a bowl of paste!) Schedule your meals, and it will create a grocery list from the ingredients. You can edit your list as need be, even separating the list into different grocery stores.

This was a huge help to us, since Wolf is doing our grocery shopping more these days. The list even gets separated into different sections of the grocery store, which meant Wolf actually got pretty much everything on the list. (I don’t know how he manages to still miss *something* but the missing items were far less than normal, so that’s definite win).

There’s also a way to ‘friend’ people who are also a part of the Plan To Eat membership, and share recipes with them, or you can mark recipes as ‘private’, so your super secret eight generation spaghetti sauce doesn’t become available to anyone but yourself, and still have the ingredients imported to the grocery list.

Everyone gets a free one month membership to try it out, and after that, it’s $39 a year. Honestly, I think it’s worth the money, because I figure I’ll save far more than that over the course of a year, by ensuring that all the groceries I need are in the house, and having a plan, rather than doing the last-minute scramble at supper time. I scheduled for an entire month, omitting fresh produce beyond when it would last, and then created new grocery lists as I needed them. I loved not having to constantly rifle through and figure out what to do on any given day. Open it up, and there it was. (I did goof and forget to create a list and send Wolf grocery shopping on the day I needed him to go, so had to shuffle meals around until we bought more onions, etc)

Only downside that I can see is that there isn’t a way to input what’s in your pantry, as in a digital pantry, but honestly, since I don’t put in breakfasts and lunch on the schedule, it would end up being completely inaccurate anyways.

Short of winning the lotto, and hiring someone else to do the meal planning, shopping, and cooking for me, Plan to Eat is the best tool I’ve found to get things under some sort of organizational control.

Plan To Eat has generously offered a one year subscription to be offered as a give away on this blog! Enter below for your chance to win!

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Good luck!

PS: I’m so pleased with this program, that I’m going to put up an affiliate link. You can sign up for your free 30 day trial here, and see if Plan To Eat works as well for you as it has for me!

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Plan To Eat Review — 24 Comments

  1. This is exciting! I’m always looking for better ways to meal plan. We do it, but it’s got to be the worst part of the whole shopping experience (you know, aside from actually shopping!)

  2. I love how it’s not valid in Quebec. No one can plan to eat in Quebec!!! I hate meal planning so much but often it’s not an online recipe, just our family ideas, like chicken/rice/veggies. Can you input that?

    • Quebec has some weird rules about give aways, so I choose not to make it available there, b/c I’m honestly not clear on what’s ok, and what’s not, and don’t want to get in trouble.

      You absolutely can input your own recipes, and it will then create a grocery list from the ingredients. I love that aspect, and being able to edit, b/c I don’t need *all* the ingredients every time, but it also prompts me to look at my pantry and see if I *do* have garlic powder, or what have you.

  3. I could use all the help I can. I usually have “plan” in mind when I shop, but byte time I’m ready to cook it all goes out the window. Really frustrating because I buy all this good for and I usually goes to waist.

    • RSD is Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. Aka CRPS Chronic (or Complex) Regional Pain Syndrome.

      Essentially, it means that the nerves in my arm, shoulder through finger tips, are always screaming that my arm is seriously injured, and misinterprets all stimulus as pain.

  4. I love PTE! And if you use their bookmark to save a recipe, it inputs most recipes in for you. Sometimes not…but even then is it easy to manually input what’s needed. Also, whenever I’ve had a problem, (only a couple of times a long time ago) their response time is quick, and they are so nice and helpful!

    • I honestly haven’t had any challenges with it, so I can’t comment on that aspect, but yes, the toolbar doohickey that allows you to import recipes is awesome!

    • Oh geez…too many potential responses to that, Korin. I’m just going to go with, “P2E is an awesome meal planning tool” and leave it at that 😛

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    • Definitely try it out, Tiffany. It’s really easy to use. I found the longest time spent was when I was first putting all my recipes in. But then, I’m an idiot, and decided to go from ‘never meal planning’ to ‘let’s meal plan for an entire month!’ with nothing in between.

      I’m not known to do things the easy way 😛

    • I completely understand, Olivia! It was a daunting task for me. I can’t recommend P2E and Buget Bytes enough. Using them both together has been awesome.

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