Weekend giveaway: Plan to Eat

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by Tsh

Tsh is the founder of this blog and lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

This giveaway has now ended.

Looking for the spot to share your before and after photos for Project Simplify? Head to yesterday’s post to find out. You’ve got until tonight—can’t wait to see them!

Today’s giveaway comes from loyal monthly sponsor Plan to Eat, a genius little online program that pretty much does everything for you but actually cook your meals.

This is a simple tool that allows you to store your favorite recipes (and import them from around the Internet!), create menu plans using those recipes, and even provide grocery lists based on those same recipes.

My favorite feature? How simple it is. Its clean interface allows for intuitive interaction — it took me mere seconds to get my account up and running, and I had my weekly menu plan created in minutes.

This is a great tool for busy families with hungry kids.


You can share recipes with others on Plan to Eat, you can organize your grocery lists by store, and you can tag your recipes in infinite ways. You can even track nutritional information and cost breakdown of all of your recipes and menus! And for those of you that love going paperless, you can use Plan to Eat’s mobile app to carry all your menu planning with you. No more accidentally leaving the house without your grocery list.

Take a tour of Plan to Eat to learn about more of its features.

Giveaway

Plan to Eat is offering an yearly subscription for five Simple Mom readers!

To win, simply leave any comment on this post. (And if you’re reading this in an email, you must click over to the post and comment here.)

This giveaway will end tonight, Saturday, March 10. I’ll announce the winner soon after. I hope you win!

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  1. I would love to try this out. I love anything that organizes stuff.

  2. I just signed up with another menu-planning program but would love to compare the two. I like how this seems to be so much more personalized.

  3. awesome – would love to try this out later this year when we have our first babe.

  4. This is awesome!! I would love to win this!

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    Laura Phillips says:

    This sounds like a great product. Thanks!

  6. This looks like a great tool for getting organized!

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    Amy Moffatt says:

    I really, really need to start getting organized with meal planning! :)

  8. This sounds so helpful and awesome. I would love to win!

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    Leslie N. says:

    I need all the help I can with meal planning!

  10. I would love to win this. Thank you for the chance.

  11. I would love to try this service out! I still haven’t found quite the right meal plannIng system for our family yet.

  12. This would be great. We live in East Africa and every meal has to be made from scratch and we constantly have visitors. It takes planning and creativity.

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    Liz Castroreale says:

    I could definitely use this!!

  14. meal planning is my nemesis… this could help!

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    Loretta S says:

    We’ve got a good menu planning thing going -but it would be great to see it more streamlined. Here’s hoping I’m one of the five!

  16. This sounds so much better than my current scrap-of-paper-on-the-fridge method…

  17. Sounds like a great resource! I need an efficient way to organize my recipes.

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    Merrilee says:

    I have tried Plan to Eat before and would love an annual subscription. I need the organization for my menu planning!

  19. I could definitely use some menu planning help!

  20. Wow, I really could use some help getting organized in this area. I am trying to plan meals but more often than not we end up scrounging after whatever leftovers are in the fridge, or just making a box of macaroni!

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    Elisa | blissfulE says:

    This sounds great! I’d love to win. :)

  22. Sounds like a fun thing to win!

  23. I *think* I’m organized with meal planning, but then after touring Plan to Eat, it just goes to show that I have SO far to still go! Would love to win this – since we live overseas and can’t participate in most other giveaways.

    Great offer – thanks Tsh!

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    Christen says:

    Not sure why I cannot seem to plan meals in advance since I did manage to graduate from college! Anyway, would love to try it out!

  25. Things have gotten so busy we’re in a food rut – a whole year free would be such a blessing – and there would be no excuse not to put it to use!

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    Jo buckles says:

    Ooh another chance to get our meal planninging organised :-) thanks so much, Tsh x

  27. Wow! This looks amazing!

  28. I always have the hardest time coming up with weekly meal plans. And I usually end up with no idea for that nights dinner. This would be a great tool to help with meal plans and sticking to a budget.

  29. Such a great idea for an app. I’m a big fan of meal planning.

  30. Plan to Eat would make my life so much easier! I’d love to win!

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    Elizabeth Diaz says:

    I am trying hard to become better organized in 2012. I would love to give this a try. Thank you for the giveaway.

  32. I’d love to win this! We just had our third baby and could really use the help planning our meals…this seems so great for busy moms like me!

  33. I would love to win, thanks! :)

  34. This was one of my new years resolutions – to plan meals more. It’s been up and down so far! Some weeks I do well, others not so well. I’d love to win – thanks for the opportunity.

  35. I’ve been looking for a way to compile all of my recipes… I think this would be great!

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    Caroline says:

    I would love to win this, I’ve been looking for something easy to use and this looks like a great option. Often these planners look so overwhelming, but this one really does have a neat, clean look to it. Since we live in a rural part of South America, meals are always from scratch and planning and shopping are a must!

  37. That sounds great!

  38. I enjoy cooking… I enjoy browsing cookbooks and the web for recipes… I even enjoy the shopping (usually). Sadly, I have not yet learned to enjoy the planning. :-P

  39. I hope I win too! That would make menu planning so fun!

  40. I would love to give this a try. It looks like a great time-saver.

  41. I need this! I am always looking for ways to streamline my menu planning/grocery shopping. This looks like a great plan!

  42. I have had my eye on this program for the longest time but still haven’t done it. I’d love a free try! Thanks!

  43. I could definately use this. Thanks for this wonderful giveaway :)

  44. Yes please!

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    Anna B-Lynch says:

    When it comes to meal planning I need all the help I can get! Thanks for the opportunity.

  46. I would love to try this out!

  47. I have been looking for a meal plan option that works better for us than pen and paper. This would be great to try, especially with the mobile app!

  48. I would love this tool. We just added my elderly father-in-law to our household and I’m trying to get a handle on our food costs and as always want to stretch our hard earned dollars farther. Hope I win!

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    Amanda Dean says:

    Sounds great -I would love to win! :)

  50. I’ve been trying to meal plan on my own for years. It never occurred to me there might be an online service that would also help corral my recipes! Plus, my daughter was recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, so knowing carb counts of meals is aust. I’d love to try this! Thanks!!

  51. I don’t know how I’ve never heard of this before. This would save me hours of work each week!

  52. My family would be so pleased if I started planning our meals. Pick me! Pick me!

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    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says:

    I would love to try this out.

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    Pretty Penny Saved says:

    I would love to win this! Thanks!

  55. I would love this! Definitely could use it for meal planning !

  56. avatar
    Emma Bradley says:

    This would be such a helpful tool! I would love love love to have this!

  57. Looks like just what we need!

  58. Hello. I just found Simple Mom today, and I love this “Plan to Eat” program. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it! :-) I would love to try it out for my family meals. Thank you!

  59. This looks great! I’d love to try it!

  60. Would love to try this out!

  61. I’m awful at planning meals… this would be a great birthday present as it is my birthday today! Thank you for the chance!

  62. Life in chaotic Cambodia usually gets the best of me & I’m frantically thinking of a dinner plan at 5:30pm on the moto ride home – would love to give this planning tool a go!

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    Valerie B says:

    Would love to try this!

  64. i would love to use this site! sounds like it would make our weekly planning so much easier!

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    Beth Gillespie says:

    Wow – what a fantastic idea – I love that you can share recipes, I think my sisters and I would seriously get into this!

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    Denise W says:

    This could be my spring break project activity.

  67. It would be great to try this site out, instead of cooking the same things every week.

  68. I have struggled with meal planning for the last decade and I seriously doubt the ability of a software program/interface to finally be the tool that gets me planning and preparing healthful nutritious meals for my family on a consistent basis…but I sure would give it a shot.

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    Marabeth says:

    This would be so useful! Thanks!

  70. I’ve always wanted to do something like this. Thanks for the giveaway!

  71. I’d love to give this a try!

  72. This is amazing and slightly ironic! Two minutes ago I opened a new word document to begin a catalog of all of the different meals in my family’s repertoire to make menu planning easier. I took a break and this was what popped up in my reader–I would LOVE this!

  73. That is awesome!! I need all the help I can get when meal planning!

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    Stephanie says:

    Sounds awesome! Could be a huge blessing for my family!

  75. I’ve been working at being more consistent with menu planning as it makes a big difference in my sanity ;) I would love to try this out.

  76. I’d love to have (free!) access to Plan to Eat’s online tools for managing meals!

  77. Winning this would be a blessing. My husband and I are following God’s call to open our home to missionaries home on furlough. Good organization for meal planning would be such a help to me! Thanks for the opportunity.

  78. This looks like a great giveaway!

  79. Thanks for the opportunity to win! :)

  80. I need to win this! I’ve been very interested in trying it.

  81. I’d love to try this too. I’ve been running a household for 16+ years now and still haven’t mastered the art of meal planning.

  82. I’d love to win :)

  83. It never would have dawned on me to go looking for this type of thing, but when presented with it, sounds pretty cool. I’d be up for giving it a whirl and seeing if it helps at all!

  84. Would love to try this!

  85. I love anything that helps me get more organize and this sounds like a great idea to be able to try new things and intentionally plan healthy meals for our family

  86. I would love to win, thanks.

  87. would love to try it! thanks for the giveaway!

  88. Sounds great!

  89. awww i bet you say “i hope you win” to allll your readers :)

  90. Oh my…I’m desperate for meal planning help. I would love to give this a try!

  91. Oh, this would be so great for our family!

  92. I’ve been trying to plan meals for the upcoming week for the past two weeks without success, lol….So I would love, love, love to try Plan To Eat :)

  93. This would great to win. With spring sports just a few weeks away I should really start planing meals

  94. Been wanting to try this!

  95. I would love to have this program to help out w dinner:)

  96. avatar
    Ashley C says:

    Plan to eat sounds great. I could really benefit from this in my life!

  97. avatar
    ChristiL says:

    we are making 2012 the year of simplifying in our home…this would help tackle an area of great need!!

  98. Looks like such a cool tool… I’m excited to check it out. I’m using Evernote right now so at least they are all together and I don’t have paper floating around anymore. But this has a lot more…

  99. I really should have a plan before going to the store.

  100. this looks like something that i could use! thanks for the giveaway