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Let’s talk about food – and a giveaway!…


If you’re anything like me, your poor family gets one of ten meals over and over… and over… and over again.

After a ten hour day, staring down the eyes of three more hours of late night work, I’ve been unable to plan any sort of decent meal.

Take on the crazy notion that I can last two months without dining out and I set myself up for disaster…

Or did I?

I heard an advertisement for E-mealz and decided to give it a shot the same day I promised my husband to say no to dining out. If you’ve never heard of E-mealz, let me give you the quick run-down. E-mealz is a weekly menu planning resource with over 28 menu options to choose from – including meals for two, meals for four, points system meal plans, and a gluten free menu (hint hint to my sister Lizzy and her gluten free child). Once a week I log on, download my menu and my shopping list, make a 30 minute trip to the grocery store, and never think about dinner again until I’m in the kitchen for 30 minutes making it each night.

The menus rotate beef, chicken, pork, fish, and vegetarian dishes and *gasp* force me to try new things.

My sister-in-law (who works late into the night) frequently comes home, drops her bags on the floor, and calls ‘What’s on the E-mealz menu tonight?!? Smells so yummy!’ as she pulls up a barstool and serves a plate.

Weird. I never heard her say that when I made turkey wraps for the 15th time in a month.

I used to spend $120 a week on food. With E-mealz, I spend around $55. I’m not trying to sound like a walking advertisement but it’s hard not to share when you’ve found something that makes a chore easy and reduces your grocery budget by 50%. Membership is only $1.25 a week!

I approached the folks at E-meals and asked them if they would be willing to donate a one month subscription to one of my readers. Not only did they agree, they donated a 3 month subscription to give away AND offered 10% off for all BloggingAwayDebt readers.

How can you win it? Leave a comment and let me know you are interested (make sure to type your e-mail address in the ‘Mail’ slot). I’ll throw all the comment names into a hat and draw a winner on Wednesday night (August 18th). The winner’s name will be posted on Thursday, August 19th.

If you don’t win but are interested in using E-mealz and want 10% off, click the link/photo below and type in the code: savemoney

Please make sure to click the link/photo so E-mealz knows where the referrals are coming from.


And, the recipe for chicken puffs? It’s an E-mealz dinner! Wrap cooked chicken and cream cheese in a reduced fat crescent roll. Cook as instructed on the crescent roll directions. It’s AMAZING!!

When Target is too fancy…


My local Target, spurred by the upgrades in the closest Walmart, recently converted to a SuperTarget. Target spent the last six months upgrading the store and adding a grocery department.

I love this economy. Suddenly merchants have to work hard for my dollar.

I’ve started shopping at Target rather than Albertsons or Vons since the produce and meat products are significantly cheaper. And, to make things even better, Target has been regularly mailing coupons for beef, eggs, and produce.

I thought life couldn’t get better… until Target upgraded the shopping carts. As I grabbed the new odd looking cart, it soundlessly maneuvered the aisles. The cart turned on a dime without so much as a squeak in protest. The smile quickly melted when…


A mother, who had been quickly breezing the aisles, let go of her cart with her child buckled in the seat and it slammed into mine. She wasn’t paying attention when she let go and naturally assumed the cart would stop when she did – just like all the other crummy carts Target used to have. Sadly it did not, and her cart hit my unmoving cart with such force, I’m quite sure her child suffered whiplash. Her cart bounced off mine and, thanks to the amazing maneuverability of the new carts, went back to exactly the same position it was when she let it go. Rather than apologize for her error, she thought I had hit her cart and screamed ‘WATCH WHERE YOU ARE GOING!’ while grabbing for her wailing child.


Dear Target,

I liked the other noisy, crummy, dirty carts better. At least I didn’t get yelled at in the produce aisle with those things.

Bring them back.

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