Budget Meal Planner is a platform that's committed to helping you eat better for less. We provide meal plans and calculated recipes that are ideal for a budget of only $5 a day.
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I want to open this discussion with a simple question: How much do you spend on food each day? $20? $15? You couldn't possibly be spending less than $10... nah, that's not possible. Or is it? Hi, Product Hunters! 🐱I'm Dianna, the creator of Budget Meal Planner. When I started BMP, I simply was sharing my lifestyle of how I try to follow a food budget of only $5 a day. Now, I help others ditch their bad eating habits while also being able to save money. This project initially began as a simple newsletter back in April. Every Friday, I sent out a new meal plan based around different themes. These themes are different cuisines and vegetables, such as Thai or Potatoes. You're probably thinking, "I don't have time to cook every day" and I'm right there with you. I create these meal plans realistically, providing easy steps to make affordable meals in batches for the week. After two months of providing this content, the feedback I received was immense. My mailing list reached over 1,000 subscribers and a demand grew to have access to previous meal plans. This is where Budget Meal Planner comes in. In addition to my newsletter, I've created a platform to share everything. Past meal plans from my newsletter, calculated recipes, and general advice to help lower the cost of food. And here's the cherry on top... there's vegetarian alternatives and metric measurements. 🎉 I believe that adapting better eating habits doesn't have to be expensive, and I am here to prove that. I want everyone who visits Budget Meal Planner to leave feeling inspired and motivated to take control of their eating habits and finances. ----- Update: I added an article above that spotlights the reality of the world we live in. It mentions how 43% of Americans cannot afford food and rent. And to quote, "These are not the people you think of when you think poor: they are average everyday Americans." $5 a day is a reality for many people, and if you have trouble wrapping your head around that idea... please take a moment to appreciate where you are in life. I've actually had someone print and personally distribute the meal plans to local YMCAs to help low-income families and that's been the highest success of this project for me.
Joshua Tabakhoff
Student Indie Maker
@diannamallen Congrats for launching! I’ve been following your process on Twitter and I’m sooo happy for you 🎉🎉
Making Prototypr.io and Letter 💌
@satwaya I'm so happy that you've been around to watch it grow! Thank you, Josh :D
@graeme_fulton LOL I love this!
Michael Novotny
Maker of Sideprojectstack.com
Sergio Mattei
Student maker and founder
@ftxrc Thank you, Sergio. Means a lot from you!
Danielle Johnson
Leave Me Alone | Squarecat
Fantastic product providing real value. Congrats on your launch Dianna! I can't wait to see this grow 😃
@dinkydani21 Thank you, Danielle! Looking forward to its progress also. It's a super fun project to work on.
Great idea and execution!
@rbaron Thanks, Raphael!
Jane Anne SorensenProjectica. Ideas, design research, copy
I hope it has a preamble that discusses animal welfare and encourages people towards the vegetarian options. Cheap meat, cheap milk, and cheap eggs are definitively a source of great misery. As a vegetarian who buys organic milk and eggs and, often, cheese, I'm within my food budget of $2400/year Canadian, having spent $1221 so far (beginning of July). I don't coupon clip or budget-shop (but I do get restaurant-supply sizes for spaghetti sauce, canned tomatoes, pasta, dried romano beans…). I eat out maybe once a week, meaning the relative low cost of my groceries isn't offset by going to restaurants. I never waste food. Work with farmers or poor people, and you learn not to do that.
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