Does anyone use any of the meal planning websites? For those who might not know, there are websites where you can buy a meal plan for $X/week or $x/season. Each week, delivered to your inbox or available for print out on the website is a 7 day menu with shopping list. Two sites I know of are savingdinner.com and e-mealz.com.
SavingDinner I know and trust b/c I've been using the FlyLady system for years (not every aspect, but many). I don't have the subscriptions though b/c I have two of the books (Saving Dinner and Saving Dinner The Low Carb Way) and I have yet to use even 1/2 the recipes in each book (I pair recipes from either book with other family favorites). SavingDinner works out to about $0.76/week on the most expensive way to purchase it (3 month subscription vs. 6 months or 1 year). SavingDinner users have sent in many a testamonial that they're weekly shopping trips have dropped in cost quite a bit (down to $60 to 80 on average for a family of four).
E-mealz I heard about today through a post on the saving money portion of Wal-Mart's website. I checked it out and it's not too bad. It's $1.25/week for the subscription and they have several meal plans available. They also aim to keep the cost for the groceries for the week around $75 and use the sale ads. However, the site also states that the prices are only good for that week in a certain southeast portion of the US. E-mealz also promotes itself as having easy "straight up" meals -- no weird ingredients, family friendly, easy to prepare.
There are several others on the internet and most run between $1 and 1.50/week for the subscription.
I guess for someone who is starting out and feels really clueless how to do something like this and is spending wads of cash b/c they're just picking up items with no rhyme or reason, it could be a valuable service.
What are your thoughts? Have you tried any of them?