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Once A Month Mom Fall 2012 Changes

Oh this post brings me as much apprehension as it does excitement. I am person that LOVES change, in fact, I am constantly in flux; trying new things on, taking them off, expanding, retracting. It keeps me feeling alive and energized. But through several roles as a leader of organizations I know that change isn’t everybody’s cup of tea. And if it isn’t yours, well, I’m sorry.

I hope that you will consider watching the video to hear all of the “what’s” and “why’s” behind this change but for those of you unable to do so, hear are the nuts and bolts details.

What is the big change you ask? We are about to embark on paid memberships for Once A Month Mom monthly menus. Before you go hitting the unsubscribe button, here me out. Over the last few years we have had numerous requests for more functionality with the site. Things like being able to mix and match menus, to create your own menus, to use our docs to a greater extent, just to name a few. We are more than anxious to make these changes as well but the truth is the funding just isn’t there. We don’t make enough doing what we already do, so building a system for doing so has been impossible.

That is where paid memberships come in. Through charging for SOME of our content we can move towards implementing those features more quickly. This also means that as a new subscriber you are investing in the future of the site and will thus be rewarded for doing so (hear discounted membership when functionality is added).

What features will cost?

  • All menus (traditional, whole foods, gluten free dairy free, vegetarian, diet, baby/toddler and mini menus) recipe cards, step-by-step instructions, grocery lists and labels from January 2012 to present.

What features will still be FREE?

  • Recipes
  • Get Real
  • Regular content and giveaways
  • All menus (traditional, whole foods, gluten free dairy free, vegetarian, diet, baby/toddler and mini menus) recipe cards, step-by-step instructions, grocery lists and labels BEFORE December 2011.
  • Pretty much everything else

Now don’t fret, we will still do main menu posts that link up to the chosen recipes for the month. If you want to do the work yourself, you most certainly can. But for a nominal monthly cost you could support the great features this site has given you over the last 3 years and contribute to our future growth! And what does that future growth look like? Well, the sky is really the limit but here are a few things that are forefront on our minds.

Potential FUTURE features:

(These features WILL NOT be available September 1, 2012 – they are ideas for the future).

  • Mix and match menus
  • Import your own recipes
  • Create your own once a month cooking menu easily complete with recipe cards, grocery lists, step-by-step instructions and labels
  • Mobile apps
  • New menus
We can’t promise when those features will be in place, that will depend on how many subscribers we get from the start. We sincerely hope that within a year’s time you would see the fruits of this change. And as always we promise, you don’t want to miss out!

Cost:

**8/29/2012 – After posting this we learned that Paypal, our chosen message for handling payment, will only handle monthly or yearly memberships; therefore we made the necessary adjustments.**

Default cost$24/quarter $8/month or $72/year

Introductory cost – September 1-30, 2012 – $21/quarter $7/month or $63/year*

*Note: If you choose monthly under this introductory rate you will receive the discounted price for ONLY the first month, then your membership will revert to the default cost. Sorry, that is how Paypal is set up.

Special Newsletter Rate – LOWEST rate possible but you MUST be subscribed to the FREE OAMM Email Newsletter to receive this discount by midnight August 30, 2012.

We thank you for your patronage to this site and hope you will join us in creating our future!

Questions:

We have developed a Frequently Asked Questions page as it relates to membership that you should read before emailing. If after viewing that you still have questions, please ask them. We will update the FAQ’s regularly and will warn you there will be a longer response time between now and the launch on September 1st than there will be in the future. Thank you for your patience.

Tricia & The OAMM Team

167 Responses to “Once A Month Mom Fall 2012 Changes”

  1. Melissa says:

    As someone who has used this website as a way to save money so that we can make me a stay-at-home-mom with young twins, $63 a year is outside of our budget. It makes me sad that it really will be something that would counteract the possible saving that doing once-a-month cooking, and while it doesn’t sound like a lot-it’s enough to make it impossible for us. I’m just sad that this is yet another thing that we just can’t afford.

    • Kindra says:

      They provide so much information which has helped you over the years… And have done it all for free!!! I don’t think they are being unreasonable. Everyone has to make a living somehow. Everything can’t be free forever…. And they are still letting you have some stuff free online. Don’t be selfish. I understand not having money…. But you have to think of all their work too.

      • Tricia says:

        Thank you so much for your kind words Kindra! It means so much to us that you see what we do and value it.

      • LaToni says:

        How is she being selfish or unreasonable? She simply said it’s something her family can’t afford to pay for. Neither can mine and it has nothing to do with Tricia or any of the other ladies that put in all the work on this site.
        She posted no disparaging comments about the site or any of the other members here like you just did. Calling her selfish was very rude.

        • Misty says:

          Agreed, LaToni. My family will likely not be able to afford it either – and I ABSOLUTELY see the value in it. I’ll try to budget for it, but the fact of the matter is, we are struggling already and just cannot squeeze it in right now.

          I truly appreciate all the time and effort that has gone into the site and menu preparations. Thank you for offering it free as long as you have – I can’t IMAGINE the sacrifices of time it must have been. Thank you for continuing to try to provide many options for free and I hope that I can learn to piece together our own grocery lists & such to keep using the site!

          And Kindra – I hope that Melissa wasn’t as offended by your response to her honest post as I’d have been. The last thing she needs is to be attacked for – politely, no less – stating her opinion. She isn’t selfish, simply disappointed. I’m sure many of us that DO see the blessings that we’ve been offered through this site are.

        • Krissy says:

          Would it be possible to institute some sort of gift membership or additional donation option so that the community could support moms who might not be able to afford it otherwise? It’s a wonderful site and service, and I totally understand why you’re switching to a paid model – but there are probably others out there who’d kick in a little extra to help more access this great resource. Just a thought!

        • Tricia says:

          We are definitely working on having this in place either when we start or by the holidays. We are with you on this one! ;)

      • Melissa says:

        I definitely see much value in this-I was just sad for myself that it’s going to be outside of our budget because of the toddler/baby menus that were all from January 2012 and on. I don’t think I’m the only one-and I don’t think that I said that what they are doing is unreasonable-but I definitely am sad for me and my family that we won’t be able to afford it. Kindra-if you’d like to gift me a membership, I’m sure they’d be more than happy to allow you to do so! =)

        • Tricia says:

          We are most certainly looking into gifting memberships and if we aren’t able to launch with gifting we WILL have it in place by the time the holidays roll around. We are doing our best to make it cost effective for us and reasonable for readers.

        • What if you print off all those menus now? Your baby/toddler won’t be a toddler forever. :) 8 months worth of menus should do you good. Am I correct that you will still be able to access the recipes, just not the menus?

        • Tricia says:

          You are correct on all counts Heather. :)

    • Kristie says:

      Im sad that you are no longer able to do this for free… I have 5 kids, am a stay at home mom, and I only just tried this last month ( I had never heard of your site before) It has been an amazingly wonderful experiment but, like Melissa, it is something I will be unable to afford… I was saving for a food saver so that I could continue this, and had my husband almost convinced! Thanks so much for last month! I sincerely did enjoy the site. One month is better than none! :o)

  2. I think it’s pretty clear that if you can’t afford it, all the old menus/methods are still free. Tricia, I know a lot of people don’t realize how MUCH time and money it must cost to run this site. I’m behind you 100%!

  3. Julie P says:

    My first reaction is, “WHAT? Just another company that wants my money! Isn’t that what the ads on their site is for??”
    But then I thought about it. $63 per YEAR works out to about $5.25 per month. Plus, the recipes are still going to be FREE access, just not the menus.
    I understand the change, and I hope to work it into our budget.

    • Tricia says:

      Yes, I am sure many think that. But you might be surprised how little (in comparison to work especially) that those side bar ads are bringing in. I think at times that people think I am making a killing on this blog because they see big bloggers that are, it isn’t true. Still in my same, very small kitchen, trying to make it all that it can be on as little as possible. Thank you for valuing our worth.

  4. Sherry Linderg says:

    $63 per year is about 17 cents a day. I think this is a pretty nominal fee for such a wonderful site. I believe that people find a way to “afford” those things that really matter to them. I appreciate all that you do and offer.

    • Tricia says:

      Thank you – yes, maybe we should break it down into cups of coffee for comparison. ;)

      • Shanna says:

        Breaking it down into cups of coffee is a good idea. Many people who think that they can’t afford something also think nothing of stopping into Starbucks most days of the week and dropping several dollars on a cup of coffee! The resources here are far more valuable than that. :)

  5. Jami says:

    I’ve always been amazed at the amount of work you ladies put into making the content free up to this point. Change is hard, but I’m sure it will be worth it in the long run. Good luck!

    • Sheena says:

      I agree. I’m selfishly disappointed that it will no longer be free, but I kind of thought it would only be a matter of time. I love and appreciate all of the free resources, and will definitely consider a paid membership, especially when there are more features offered (customizing a menu and plan with meals from different menus, specifically). Thanks so much for continuing to offer what you do.

  6. I think it’s wonderful what you all do with this site. While the whole menu plans and docs don’t really work for me, I appreciate all of the yummy, nutritious recipes that you share. My blog is not as labor intensive as yours and I am always busy with it, so I can only *imagine* how much time and money you all spend on your site! I think the monthly breakdown of $5.25 per month is very fair, if people would just consider that by doing OAMM cooking, they are saving SO much time and money! Keep up the awesome work. :)

  7. Amy says:

    This is not a huge deal, just take the recipes posted for the month and create your own menu. Create your own shopping list, etc. It’s not hard. I’ve been mixing and matching menus and recipes for many months. I will still be doing this. I use OAMM for inspiration for new recipes more than the whole entire monthly menu.

    • LaToni says:

      That’s exactly what I do Amy and will continue to do. This site has been amazing and while I will not sign up for the memberships I will continue to use it.
      I know there are plenty of members who utilize the menus and other features so the subscriptions will benefit them most.

    • Kristi says:

      I’ve done exactly the same thing! I love freezer cooking, but have never cooked the entire menu straight up. I pick what my family will eat and I’ve developed my own reprotoire of recipes!

    • HL says:

      But will the recipes still be listed for each menu for each month for free? I was under the impression the menu (i.e. the list of recipes) wasn’t going to be available.

  8. Christina says:

    I definitely get the value of having the menus, recipe cards and grocery list. It saves me so much time! I will be purchasing a membership. However, I do hope that with this, that some of the bugginess of the spreadsheets will be worked out. Sometimes that is frustrating, and when it is free I can definitely let it slide but when I am paying it would be even more annoying. Thank you!

    • Tricia says:

      Yes, we understand that the bugginess is an issue. We have added another level of reviewing to catch as much as possible but until the new system is developed there will still be a little of that. Most menu subscriptions sites are providing their docs in pdfs that don’t let you adjust for family size. We allow you do that which is great but brings the con of having human error at times.

  9. Cristy says:

    It’s not like you can’t do the work yourself. They are still going to be posting recipes. I am actually surprised that the site has been free for this long. It’s obvious that a ton of work is put into this site. As a stay at home mom to two boys we have a very tight budget too. I will have to cut somewhere else to make room in there for the membership, but I think it’s worth it.

  10. Felicia says:

    Paprika app is definitely worth looking into in cases of affordability. God bless! :)

  11. Erin says:

    Your plan seems like a win/win situation!

  12. Sarah b says:

    I hope you get the subscriber base you need to make the functionality better. I love your site and have been following for years, but I have always printed the recipes and made my own menu as there is so much we don’t like. I am so happy the recipes will continue to be free! Good luck on your new adventure.

  13. Diana says:

    I am so excited to hear about the new features you are working towards! Your site has been a HUGE help to me as I work my way through nursing school. I have a great appreciation for all the work that goes into setting everything up that makes it so easy for me to cook for a semester at a time. I always tweak the menu to our likes and dislikes and add in favorites that have worked before, so the idea of a function to make that easier is awesome. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all you do!!!

  14. Laura says:

    Is there currently (or do you foresee there being) an option to buy one month at a time? I don’t think the amount you are charging is out of line at all and I’m surprised you’ve kept it free for this long (thank you!) but the truth is, I don’t use it every month. I use the recipes for inspiration or mix/match my own a lot, and then a few months of the year, I do the full month cook. So, the price works out to be very cheap per month if you use it every month, but is expensive if you only use it for a couple of months. I’d love to be able to see the monthly post, pick a menu, and just pay for that menu. Just wondering if you think that might be an option?

    • Tricia says:

      There is that possibility but probably not for the first quarter. Paypal and shopping carts take a % for each transaction and the smaller the transaction, the more it hits the bottom line. We most certainly are going to continue to explore the best options and will provide if we are able.

      • Laura says:

        Thanks for the quick reply and good luck in this new endeavor! Between today and tomorrow, we are putting 3 recipes to use that I found on your site! :) Thanks!

  15. Kristen says:

    I was surprised you didn’t require paid membership all along! The reason I followed your site was because you did all the work I had done for years. I was so excited to find someone that did the meal planning work for me. I’m behind the paid membership! Can’t wait to see what is to come.

  16. LaToni says:

    I do completely understand how much it takes to not only run this site but to provide the functionality that alot of people use and continue to ask for. (I personally don’t understand why people can’t make their own labels but that’s another topic.)
    I get why you have to do this and am in no way angry about it but I’m in the same boat as Melissa. I started OAM cooking and couponing to save money. Our budget can’t get any tighter than it is and I just can not justify spending the money for a subscription here. It makes me sad but hey, that’s the way of the world, I will just adjust accordingly.

  17. As someone who has created menus for OAMM I can affirm that it takes a TON of time. I’m thrilled that you have provided free resources for us for this long and that many of the old menus are still free.

    The fact that a paid membership will allow the possibility of creating personalized mix and match menus, though, is extremely exciting! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for OAMM cooks!

  18. Kristi T says:

    I understand both sides of this. I understand that it must be a LOT of work and organization and dedication to keep this site new and fun and running. I also understand needing to charge for it, I like others wondered how you have kept it going without fees. However breaking it down to 5.25 a month or .17 a day is great, but it doesn’t help my budget if I am to pay the quarterly or yearly price. I understand where Melissa’s frustration comes from, I can’t come up with a magical $72 in less than a week. You may have covered more in your video, I’m unable to watch it just yet at my little one is sleeping next to me.

  19. Megan says:

    I’ve been a member of your site for a long time, though I’ve never delved into OAMC yet. Being a fairly new vegan due to health concerns (also on an extreme budget), I’d still pay for the service and actually do it! Though would be incredibly helpful if more vegan substitutions could be recommended on the vegetarian menu. Obviously, there are cheese and yogurt alternatives, but they’re too pricey for me. Not to mention, they many of them are made of a bunch of “stuff” and don’t taste very good. Either way, you have my support! Thanks for all you ladies do!

  20. Jeanna says:

    I think it’s a small price to pay for what you provide. By doing once a month cooking, we are saving at least that much each year by being able to buy in bulk and not eat out because we don’t know whats for dinner. For me, the ability to mix & match menus is a huge win! We eat low carb for the most part, so there are recipes from each of the categories that I would like to mix and match into my own “month” or make small tweaks to and be able to take advantage of your great tools. I definitely support being able to do that for a small fee! Sign me up!

  21. Christine says:

    I’ve only discovered your site within the last couple of months and LOVE IT! It is so very clear that you put a lot of time and money into this site and content. I was actually surprised that you didn’t already have some sort of charge. Although I am disappointed that there will be now be a membership free, there is still A TON of stuff that will still be free. I completely understand your reasoning behind your decision, and am also behind you 100%! My family has benefited so much from your wonderful recipes! Thanks for all your hard work!

  22. Teresa says:

    I appreciate your work, and look forward to more functionality. Personally (in case you’re looking for good feedback), I am NOT using this site to “save money” and in fact, I assume it is costing me more money to buy foods for the monthly recipes that are not on sale in my area or that my family wouldn’t normally eat. However, I LOVE that I can cook a whole month’s food in 24-48 hrs, and I love being forced to try new recipes that I would honestly never choose myself. (My kids don’t love the variety so much, buy hey, they’re kids.) I also appreciate that I can be “lazy” and just print out the recipes, shopping list, etc, and be ready to go. I look forward to having the ability to mix-n-match recipes, and look forward to an even better site! Thanks for all you do!

  23. Jen says:

    Love the site, Love what you are doing, Totally get why you need to start charging! I can’t believe it’s been free this long! You guys are awesome and I can’t wait to see what comes next!

  24. Sarah says:

    I fully support this! I have yet to see any other place where I can do this as a gluten and dairy free option. And I’ve always wondered why it was offered for free. $63/year still saves us money and time. Thank you!

  25. Loir says:

    Like other posters here, I don’t utilize the site every month, but often several recipes at a time. As a working Mom who comes home, opens the cupboard or fridge and wonders “What is for dinner?” while the kids are also asking, when I do even once a week cooking with menus and recipes from here…. AHHHH! What a time and stress saver. In cups of coffee, I’ll skip my morning coffee stop 5 days a month for the membership fee. I know it saves me a good amount of money, time and stress. Thank you!
    I look forward to customizable mix and match menus. Keep up the good work.

  26. Dusti says:

    I have been looking at this site for months and was just talking to my husband about this site last night! He is a High school principal and coach, I am a full time pediatric nurse and grad student . I am hoping to use OAMM. During basketball season to help avoid being forced to eat junk for dinner due to lack of time to prepare a meal before a game! Good luck with the changes! I hope the changes bring an iPad and iPhone app I’d love that and I’m sure some others would also enjoy that convienence .. Sorry about the typos headed to class in a hurry!

    • Dusti says:

      I also thought I would add that the price seems fair to me! I wil be using 2 menus.. The whole food menu and the infant/toddler menu so I love that I can still use them both! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!

  27. Gretchen says:

    I love your site and it has become the first place I look for new inspiration. Being a busy mom, I love the idea of spending a chunk of time on the weekend preparing healthy, home cooked meals for my family that I can use throughout the month. Some of my family’s favorite recipes are on this site. :) I never did a full OAMM menu but always did my own mix and match so I’m excited to see that functionality. And I’m THRILLED that all the recipes will still be available for free. Thanks for the impact you’ve made on my family over the past years! Keep up the great work!

  28. Heidi says:

    Good for you and your ingenuity to make this type of blog into a lucrative business. I have always wondered how you can dedicate so much time to help us all out and not charge for it. I hope to have the year’s fee by the end of September so I can take advantage of your introductory offer. Thanks for all your hard work in getting the site up and going for us. I am, and will continue to be, a faithful follower.

  29. Jen says:

    I’m about to begin my first OAMM effort – just purchased the ingredients. I believe it’s going to be a game changer for my family. Frankly, I felt a little guilty knowing how much work you’d done for me, a total stranger, for free. I will gladly sign up for the subscription. Perhaps for some of those folks who are concerned about how it will fit in their budget you can offer a single transaction so they could try every other month? Doesn’t apply to me, but just thinking about some of the comments you received. In any case, I believe your service is such a gem, that your business model is going to work and grow – I am very excited for you!!

    • Tricia says:

      Thank you and we look forward to hearing about your first cooking endeavor.

      • Jen says:

        I should have said ‘every other quarter’ not ‘every other month.’ Regardless, I think the price point is SO REASONABLE for all the amazing service you are offering. Such time savings. It’s really priceless. It’s like having a personal trainer in the kitchen – I feel like I just have to show up ready to work and boom – my family is taken care of -you are all amazing!!!

  30. Shellei says:

    I’ve been using your site for the last year or so. More than the great recipes you always have, it’s taught me a lot about this method of cooking. I love it and could never go back to cooking every single night. I tell everyone I know that they need to start once a month cooking. Even if they just double one recipe every night- that’s how I started. It’s worth it in time and money saved in the long run. Over the last year, I’ve cut our food budget by $150; there are some months that i have so much in the freezer that I don’t even have to shop. So, good for you. I hope it all works out! I’ll still be here!

  31. Alicia Myers says:

    Hi Tricia!

    As a fellow blogger, I just want to let you know that I fully support your decision. As bloggers, we are often thought of as the go-to free assistant. I’m always left with readers asking me to do more, and most are simple tasks that could be done themselves quicker than they could type the message. Sites like this are provided as a benefit to readers and to which they have no basis of complaint.

    I love how you’ve decided to structure the free content and paid content. Some people have more time than money, others have more money than time. All of the information is still there for those who wish to put it together for free, and others understand that it’s better to pay the $5 per month to save a few hours of planning.

    Best of luck on the new endeavor!

  32. Ruth says:

    This makes me sad, only because I just discovered your site yesterday. As a university student gearing up for a jam-packed semester, cooking just once a month sounds delightful, but I never got to all the planning in the past. I was very excited to find your site – the menu variety is amazing – especially when I discovered that it was free. Now I’m trying to decide if I should spring for the membership having never actually tried OAMC or your site. The super discount membership would, of course, be easiest to fit into the budget. Sad face. Anyways, I guess this is all a really hidden compliment. I’ve yet to try the recipes, the spreadsheets, and the cooking day, but I’m almost totally sold. Great work!

    • Tricia says:

      Ruth, welcome. There are a couple routes you can take. 1. You can find the menus you are most interested in and print the documents before Friday evening the 31st. So you have several days to print away. 2. You can still do 2011, 2010 or 2009 menus – still over 50 to choose from that are free after September 1. 3. You can pay for a quarter and see how it goes for you – if you like it continue, if you don’t, we understand. Our mission is to help all family types and I am sure you are not alone.

    • Diana says:

      If it helps any, Ruth, my experience with OAMM has been awesome! I’m in a very intense nursing program and still working 25-30 hours a week–with out this site, I’m not quite sure how we would have eaten much at home over the last year and a half. Good luck!

  33. Karen says:

    While OAMC is a free venture, I can swallow the inaccuracies in the spreadsheets and recipes. After all, it’s a ton of work on your part and it’s free! That’s nothing to complain about!
    However, I would not even think about joining a membership because of the history of inaccuracies. If I was paying to access these features, I would expect them to be, for the majority, error-free. An occasional glitch here or there is to be expected as human error, but my spreadsheets and recipes are riddled with mistakes. I spend the month from the download of the spreadsheets until the day I do my cooking, proof-reading and editing to ensure I’m not overspending at the grocery store or making a dozen little trips to get things that I need for the recipes but weren’t listed correctly in the shopping spreadsheet. I would need more assurance that the payment would get me spreadsheets and recipes in a more accurate form before I would consider a membership to access them.

    • Tricia says:

      We are instituting some more check points but if that is how you feel (and I understand) you would be best waiting until we are able to add functionality. Those spreadsheets are extremely complex and thought through but offer flexibility (changing servings). Other sites only give you a set number of servings which is why they can guarantee more accuracy. We don’t want to limit our docs that way so we are making the choice for flexibility over some inaccuracies and glitches.

  34. I’m so excited about this, Tricia! I’ve always thought you should charge for your info. :)

    $63 a year is about like buying 3 cookbooks. And I think your menus are well worth 3 cookbooks!

    a

  35. Teresa says:

    Will the daily newsletter still be free? I apoligize if that was in the video. I am reading this on my phone and can’t play a video where I am.

  36. Chantel says:

    I know many have said this already, but I have been surprised that OAMM has remained free for so long. I set out to start meal planning and was completely overwhelmed. Everywhere I looked it cost money to join. I had no idea what good would come out of joining, because you couldn’t test out anything. I stumbled upon OAMM and fell in love with the easy recipes. I have never done a complete menu, but I create my own using tons of OAMM recipes from all the menus. I use all the methods you suggest (like chopping all your veggies together and stuff like that) and I print an occasional recipe card. I don’t think I would have been able to stick with meal planning without OAMM. THANK YOU!

    Also – I want you to know that our women’s ministry makes freezer meals to give to families that need them. My knowledge about freezing food from your website has been a HUGE help. I have learned so much and I have been able to share what I have learned to help others – so Thank you again!

  37. Tascha says:

    I understand the need to charge. The menu plans have never really worked entirely for my family and always looked up other recipes anyways to get them to work. I unfortunately won’t be paying to be a member immediately, but know that this is something I want to budget for in my future. I don’t OAMM cook every month or a full months recipes. I just pick 1-2 recipes to use every month. And more less just look through past recipes and current and decide what I feel like cooking. If the recipes are available still that is awesome. I think I would be more apt to buy into it immediately if the “Create your own once a month cooking menu easily complete with recipe cards, grocery lists, step-by-step instructions and labels” was available right away as this would work better for our family. My husband is picky about what we eat, and there are some menus that have things we’ve never had before. I will still follow this blog and wait for some features to be added hopefully over the next year or so… Also, will you allow monthly payments on autopay? or is it must quarterly?

    • Tricia says:

      At this time it is just quarterly and yearly because of the fees that get charged to us each time a transaction takes place. If in the future we can get those fees managed, we will consider it.

      • Tascha says:

        Thanks Tricia for everything you do. I can’t wait for the day that my family and I can afford to be a member. For me if the recipes are available I can do my best to do the work in the meantime. But I do love having freezer meals as an option. I look forward to being debt free and being able to do this asap. Thank you for all you do. This is definitely a service that should be charged and this is a great move for OAMM.

  38. Erica says:

    First off — I love the site and I fully support your decision. It must be a ton of work and the new features sound very exciting!!

    I do have one concern though. Currently, the menus tend to be a mix of OAMM recipes and recipes from other bloggers. When you instate the membership fee, will you still be using offsite recipes? Personally, I would be uncomfortable with someone else making money from recipes that I’ve created.

    • Tricia says:

      The membership charge is not for those recipes – you aren’t paying for those recipes, you are paying for the documents to make your freezer cooking day go smoothly. We will be using recipes from other sites – not making money on them – making money on the documents we created. We have yet (not that it won’t happen) to have someone complain about us using their recipes as those blogs receive a tremendous amount of traffic and exposure from us; however, if a site would like us to cease using their recipe(s) then we have a process for going about that.

      • Erica says:

        Ah okay — I did not realize that you would still be linking offsite, even with the subscription charge. Thanks so much for clarifying, I appreciate it!

  39. Leanna says:

    I have always been surprised that your site was free. With the amount of work you put into it, I am not at all opposed to paying a fee. I was already signed up to receive your daily emails. Is there a third tier discounted rate for that? Is there a deadline to sign up for the lowest rate?

  40. Bex says:

    To be honest, I was wondering how you were doing this all for free anyways :) I trust this wasn’t an easy decision for you, and that it wasn’t something you took lightly. While I have seriously enjoyed the free aspect of this site for the past two(!!) years, and have enjoyed referring my friends here, I will look forward to what you have in store for us subscribers!! And I am thankful I can still search for old recipes while I find the funds for the subscription service. I’m glad to know your site is expanding, and that you’re working hard on ways to add to it.

  41. Hannah VW says:

    I’m a little sad to see this as I don’t use the site quite enough to justify paying for membership (just from a personal budget standpoint). I’m happy to still be able to access the recipes and older menu plans though.
    Great ideas for new features. If a mix and match menu tool was available I would be willing to pay to use it on a time by time basis (I don’t do this every month).

  42. 1. Thank you for all you do. I do appreciate the site. But as a non-once a month mom cooker, who has never made use of the recipe cards, etc. I won’t be buying a subscription I get why you are charging for the service, as it is a lot of work, but for me that amount of money is not a minimal fee. Minimal fee for me is $2 a month or lessish. The amount of the fee is what surprised me, but then I am a cheap couponer, who minimizes any regular bill. Weird that there isn’t a discount for doing a yearly membership either, at least I don’t think there was. Sorry didn’t actually do the math, as I wasn’t considering doing the membership. I mainly have tried a few of the recipes and so far only a few. I don’t really feel like I have freezer room for once a month cooking and I am more of a part-time worker, who has the time to cook daily. So it really isn’t for me as much.

  43. April says:

    Your website offers SO much content. I understand how much time it takes to put it together…..and then post it up in a user-friendly way for the world to use for…free! I’ve done it from scratch for my family and it takes a lot of work.

    Charging a nominal membership fee is completely understandable. Your time is worth something! Thank you for all that you do!

  44. I completely understand Tricia! I too own a blog and I know how it is to collect, test, and report (I do reviews). I learned the value of quality and you bring it very well. I agree with the option of a month to month subscription since I too don’t use you every month, but I do love the menus and I’ve been dying and waiting for you to come up with this so I can mix and match recipes/menus since I had tons of questions when I first started about conversions. LOL

  45. Cindy says:

    Hey Tricia!

    This sounds like a good plan to me. I met you at the Type A Con Food Bloggers tribe, and I wanted to extend a hand if you need any help with the functionality. My “day” job is a WP guru/writer, so feel free to email me if you need anything!

    Cindy

  46. kim says:

    Best wishes in your new endeavor. I probably won’t get the membership because I actually never use the menus since I have to mix and match so much due to eating preferences and allergies.

    But once the flexibility to make your own menu gets worked out – I might give it a try.

    HOWEVER, I would like to take this time to thank you for all you do – I’ve learned a lot through this site.

  47. Lynette says:

    I’m not sure it will fit into our budget this year (but that’s just because we are having a bad one.) BUT, My birthday is in 2 months, I may convince my husband to get me at least a quarter or 2 until his work gets all their remodeling done and they will back to work all the time! (I might even get lucky for a whole year!) I totally understand why you are charging, I can’t imagine how much work you do. Your time is just as valuable as mine so i wouldn’t mind paying for your services, just need to figure out where to get the money lol.
    Thank you all again!

  48. Kat says:

    I think the biggest deciding factor for be would be timeline for these two features:

    1. App for smartphones
    2. Mix and match menus

    I WANT to support the website and really like where you’re coming from with the charge, but budgets are budgets. I’d love to know when we may be expecting those features? Anything like “within the next 6 months” or “one year” would be helpful for me.

    • Tricia says:

      If that is important to you (timeline) you will probably want to wait until those features are available to subscribe. I can not make promises about the timeline as I don’t know how this will all play out right now. I wish I could tell you but I really don’t know.

  49. Angie says:

    I’ve been a OAMM lurker for quite some time. I appreciate the creativity-starters and the tips. I’ve not used the menus completely before because I am never one to follow instructions – I am a changer/modifier. :) With all that being said, I will continue to visit the site from time to time as always!! I wish you nothing but the best in this new business venture. You all seem to have a skill in something that is SO useful to others in saving time, money, frustration, and creating nutritious meals with a variety of ingredients to satisfy just about EVERY meal-eater there is! I hope this proves successful for you and look forward to seeing you flourish. You deserve to be compensated financially for the work you do. One thought is perhaps you could consider adding a purchase-by-the-month subscription… maybe for those who cannot budget in the full amount?

    • Tricia says:

      The cost per transaction is high so we are not going monthly at this time, if budget is an issue we feel that having the free menu availability of past menus will provide for that need.

  50. Sarah Pinnix says:

    Tricia, you and I talked about this a few months ago, and I am so proud of you for taking this step. You provide a valuable SERVICE to your readers, and you also employ other moms. The fee of $8.00 per month is so very worth it in my opinion for those that use the materials you create.

    I’m excited for you that you’ll be able to spend more time making OAMM even more awesome and not have to pound the pavement so much to keep it going. I also love that you are keeping the recipes free so that if people want to use them to create their own spreadsheets they can.

  51. Anna C says:

    I’d much prefer a “by the menu” option. I don’t actually do this EVERY month, just every 2-3 months. So I have no desire to pay for a membership for a whole year or whole quarter, but would buy a prepared menu as I needed it.

    More likely, I will go back to organizing it myself which I have done in the past.

    • anne says:

      I have to agree with this. I would pay for the ability to mix and match recipes & create my own monthly selection of recipes, but in the way I use the site (browsing, getting ideas for my own custom menu), paying doesn’t make sense.

      It seems like you might have better luck with that: posting a stock monthly plan which is free, free recipes.Dedicated OAMMs, could justify the cost of a monthly plan in which they could choose any recipes they like from the archives, & have access to a mobile shopping list app. Just a thought.

  52. Cecilia says:

    So bummed but I understand. As a broke college student, it would be easier to pay the $5 a month instead of quarters but we’ll make it work. Unless you need an intern! Free menus for work?? :)

  53. Debbie says:

    So excited about the changes and the potential for future improvements. You do such good work and we really appreciate how much its helped make our lives run more smoothly in the meal planning department. Count us in! (and we are already email subscribers, so I can’t wait to see what arrives on Saturday morning :-)

  54. Heather says:

    I have just found your site a few weeks ago and I have not tried any of the menus yet. My first reaction was “All this…and it’s free??!! How in the world?!” So, with that said, I love your site and I will pay for membership because I will begin to embark on “freezer cooking.” I think it is the dream of so many working moms (such as myself) to be self-employed in order to be home with our families. You have a gift and a talent. It is of great VALUE…and in my opinion shouldn’t be for free! What you will be charging is very resonable considering all that you offer (plus more in the future!). Thanks and I’m looking forward to planning my first menu!

  55. Susan says:

    I’m not opposed to paying for the site and services… but many of the recipes you link to each month are posted by other bloggers for free. Will you be paying them? It would feel unethical to me to pay you for other peoples’ recipes. (Sorry if I missed the answer to this, I didn’t watch the video.)

    • Tricia says:

      The recipes are still free. What will be paid are the DOCUMENTS that we create that are specialized – adapting recipes so that you can adjust them for your family, how to make your cooking day run efficiently, etc. We won’t be charging for recipes.

      • Susan says:

        Thanks, I did see that part, but my question still remains. If you are taking someone else’s recipe and helping me double it or follow her directions on making it… I don’t know. If they were all your recipes, I wouldn’t question the $ a bit.

        And in theory, if it were my recipe that you were charging others to help them cook, I don’t know that I’d be too happy. I mean this in all sincerity (not being sarcastic at all), but have you looked into the legality of this? I understanding you are offering a service, but the resources you’re starting with (the recipes) don’t belong to you.

        For example, I can’t just take a Stephen King book and record an audio version and sell it to you. I can’t convert it to Spanish and sell it to you. The book belongs to Stephen King, not to me to do what I want with and charge for it. Is this making any sense?

        Again I am not intending to be mean or sarcastic, I’m honestly wondering whether this is even OK to pay for.

        • Susan says:

          And thank you for your reply, I do appreciate you and the site. I’m not a lawyer or anything, just sharing my thoughts. Thanks again.

        • Tricia says:

          We have run all of this past our lawyers, we aren’t just going renegade. The copyright of recipes is also very different than the copyright of novels. We take great care not to break copyright laws when creating our resources.

  56. Heidi says:

    Don’t let the complainers get to you! You are keeping lots of stuff free and offer a valuable service! Good luck with the transition!!!

  57. Amber says:

    I have had ziplist for quite a while now and did not realize it was linked to your blog until today…when I found your blog!! I am so excited about trying this. I do have a few questions, though, if you don’t mind. I am signed up for your daily emails and am anxious to find out what the lowest rate is…will that rate be available to those that receive the emails every year? Or is it a one time rate? Will the rate be $72/year for everyone after the first year? Oh, and like everybody else said…thanks for all your work!!

    • Tricia says:

      The rate will be good one time through September 30, 2012. The email will have full details Saturday morning, please be patient until then. :) Glad you are excited though.

      • Rachel says:

        If we are waiting until the new features come out, such as mix and match menus, will another discount code be offered at that time since the one mentioned expires 9.30.12?

        I would love to try it then, but hate losing the discount now.

        • Tricia says:

          Since we don’t know when that will be we haven’t discussed those options yet. I imagine there will be an introductory offer but I can also assure you that those that sign up for a year membership now will receive the deepest discount on those services/memberships. Again, I don’t know any of those details, sorry.

        • Rachel says:

          No problem! Thanks for responding so quickly!

  58. Vikki says:

    I say well done ladies, and for those of us that can’t afford membership, spend a little more of your own time and effort and use this site for all the wonderful information, recipes and tips it offers and simply make your own menus and grocery lists. It really isn’t that hard, it just takes a little time, effort and practice. Of course I’ve been doing it for decades. There was no internet, not companies to do it for me. It was something we all learned to do from our mom’s or on our own.
    I think that is a very fair trade. The information will still be free.
    Thank you ladies and good luck with all your ideas for improvement.

  59. Shafir says:

    I’ve just discovered this site this week, and have looked at some of the recipes and thinnk they might be doable, slowly at first. I hope we’ll still get the freezing and reconstruction instructions along with the recipes, as I imagine it might be a bit difficult to go from normal recipe (on the other sites) to OAMM freezer recipes.
    When we’ve saved up a bit (need a bigger freezer also), we’ll have to consider the paid subscriptions for its ease of use.
    Thanks for the hard work you’re put in.

  60. Stefanie says:

    I was just turned onto your site and I have only just begun looking at it. There is such a wealth of information and resources here. I honestly can’t believe you’ve been providing everything that you have for free! I am floored by what I got when I downloaded the baby food menu! I am a single mother of a 7 month old, work full time and go to school. I will be doing whatever I can to find the money for a membership! A-M-A-Z-I-N-G SITE

    AND I think your membership prices is extremely reasonable! Way to go and I hope that great things come to you and your family by making this change!

  61. Teresa says:

    I was actually discussing with one of my friends today that I have no idea how you make money or even pay for the work you already do. I love your resources, and though I don’t know if I will bite the bullet and pay for next month or if I will wait until I miss this enough to finally find the money, but I’m definitely not going anywhere. As a mom, a technology professional, and business minded person, you provide so much that it is only fair that we help you support your hard work in exchange for so much functionality.

  62. Candice H says:

    I have been subscribed with this site for so long I can’t even remember when it first started since I have switched between email and RSS feeds a few different times in that period but I think it has at least been since 2010. I have never made a full menu because one of my 4 kids (my only son) is SO picky that at almost 6 he would still rather eat chicken as only nuggets, no rice or pasta or sauces.. the list of what he will eat is shorter lol. But I do use many of your recipes and the ability to mix and match would be great.
    I usually only cook with what protein is currently on sale and that is it. We eat a lot of chicken (which is on sale $1.59lb for boneless skinless breast this week, the lowest I ever see!)
    I still have to convince my husband to get the subscription but with the new features you plan to have it would save me so much time gathering recipes, writing out ingredient lists, etc. I know exactly how much time that all takes and definitely understand the fee. I’ll just have to start saving back budget for it though.
    I just wanted to say THANKS to you Tricia and everyone else that has worked so hard all this time and making everything free for us this long. It has been a blessing! I hope you get the support you need in the upcoming changes and that things go as smoothly as they can. :)

    • Tricia says:

      Thank you Candice. I just wanted to clarify that new features such as mix-and-match are not current functions, those are future dreams. If you want to wait until those functions are available we understand, although doing it now will help it to be a reality sooner rather than later.

  63. Tascha says:

    not sure if this was asked. Do you offer eBooks for sale? That would include everything needed for a OAMC day? I would be interested in buying the eBooks as I could afford them.

  64. kayla says:

    If we don’t have a membership, will we still have access to the recipes from the monthly menus? Or only access to other recipes posted on the site?

  65. Julie says:

    I’m so bummed. I get why you are doing this, but it seems like every time I find something awesome it soon becomes unaffordable. I feel like warning people not to ask for more functionality of sites that serve the broke population. I wish the best for you, really I do. I’m just bummed that it always comes to this.

  66. Julie says:

    Oh goodness I sound like a spoil sport. Sorry about that!

  67. Robin says:

    I wish you would expand the menus available to a few more months! A girl can wish, right? I’m still having a problem with understanding what more we would be receiving if we pay. It’s basically just the new menus/plans for now, right?

  68. Robin says:

    For those people that can’t afford the membership, is it possible you might go in halvsies with a friend? $3.50 a month doesn’t sound too unreasonable. And preparing all of it together may be beneficial to both of you, especially if your kids are home when you do your cooking!

  69. Jessica says:

    I haven’t gotten it together to do OAMC yet, and I will definitely try to, but I totally see the value and love the menus. Also, as far as the cost goes. If my family of 5 goes out to eat 1x it costs around $30 if we all get drinks and a “meal” even at a fast food restaurant. We could practically recoup the cost of a year membership in 2 meals like that!

  70. Lisa says:

    When I found this website just a few months ago I was absolutely thrilled with it. I love it and have used it quite often mostly just making individual recipes and doubling or tripling them. I was so shocked that all of the content was free! I am not surprised at all that you will be moving some of it to a membership site. I think what you provide is well worth the cost. We are struggling with the economic times just like everyone else so I haven’t decided whether I will purchase the membership or not. But I really want to wish you the best of luck and much success with your site!

  71. Demetra says:

    Have I missed where you actually register for membership? The membership tab just has the FAQs, where do you go and actually sign up if I decide to do that? And what is the special introductory rate for the email subscribers? Thanks.

  72. Brandell says:

    I found this site last month. I’m in love with (read obsess over) this site & was planning to donate money because I was shocked it was free. Granted, the YEARLY cost is a bit more than I planned to give considering it’s current functionality. I’ll pay $63 the first year to see what y’all can do, though my feeling is it’s a bit high, in general, for a recipe/cooking site…I joined 1 a few months ago for a third the price. I look forward to being impressed :)

  73. Carla says:

    It is unfortunate that you have decided to start charging right after you put out a call to single parents… As a woman parenting my three young children alone, there is no room in my budget for any extras. I’m sure there are many other single parents in the same situation.

    • Tricia says:

      Carla, it might seem that way at first but know we are working to help single parents and that will be evident as we start this new system. It will also generate revenue that we can begin to do much more. We hear you.

  74. Ysullivan says:

    Just found site last month and was amazed with all content that is FREE! I never really did freezer cooking because of the time involved. I liked this site because it made things somewhat simple and easy. Sad to see that parts I enjoyed are going to be membership based. Totally understand the change! Budget won’t allow this for now but maybe in the future! ;-) I must add that for the one month menu I used I did see a cost savings. I did have a lot of items on hand, but I shaved $75 off my grocery bill. For a vegetarian family of 6 (2 adults, 4 kids under 5), our grocery budget is $375 a month and I was thrilled to have help in cutting costs with healthy options and not just processed foods!

  75. Cheryl says:

    So sad. I’ve been using the website for gosh around 2ish years I think. I’ve sent sssooo many people to your site. I understand why you need to move to a paid membership. But I cannot afford to pay for a membership. It’s just not possible for us, especially during the EXTREMELY expensive back to school season. We too pick and choose our recipes for the month (and redo many over and over again!) but I use the recipe cards in order to input proper serving sizes. I guess I will be spending this afternoon printing off recipes from January onwards and moving forward I guess we will only be using old menus. I wish you had implemented this with a)more notice (it’s hard to come up with $60 with such sort notice) b) Sept onwards and not take away recipes posted in 2012. Sad to loose this but I understand why.

  76. Angel says:

    I stumbled upon your site and downloaded the stuff for the august menu that I plan on tackling this weekend. If all goes well I would definitely be in for a membership. We are always on the go with the kids events and anything that can make that easier is worth a few extra dollars. Crossing my fingers that everything goes well.

  77. Jen says:

    I suscribe to the newsletter and was all ready to opt in when I notice the discounted rate is already expired? I received my newsletter on September 1st – the day AFTER the discount expired. Any chance this can be extended?

    • Jennifer Mangan says:

      Never mind – paypal allowed me to purchase at the discounted rate. However, is there an option to have this *not* be an automatic annual payment? I’d like to be able to re-evalute my needs before I’m charged the increased price of $72!

      For what it is worth, I love the concept of this website and am happy to pay $4.50 a month for it. The amount of time I save using the monthly menus is invaluable. I’m a full-time working mom and I love not having to deal with the daily ‘what’s for dinner’ quandary. I look forward to the enhancements – especially mix and match!

      • Tricia says:

        There is not an option to do that now but we will try to give everyone the one year warning as well as we have NO IDEA where we will be in one year so we will wait and see. Please don’t cancel it though as it will keep you from getting access currently. :(

    • Tricia says:

      The discounted rate doesn’t expire until September 30, 2012 – it is still active.

      • Jennifer Mangan says:

        I totally misread the expiration date! Thank you so much – and no, I won’t cancel prematurely. I have my calendar marked to revisit everything in a year. But I’m excited to see what improvements you’ll be able to make! Thank you!

  78. Loren F. says:

    One of my friends turned me on to your site last year. You were the only ones with a special gluten/dairy free menu. As being a diagnosed Celiac for a little over a year now (as well as lactose intolerant) it was priceless to be able to have help for myself and to have meals ready to go for my 2 little ones when we got home from work. I appreciate all you do and hopefully can get the $ together before end of September discount. I can’t lose my most valuable resource! Thanks!

  79. Claudia says:

    I know you want to add the mix and match capability for the future. Meanwhile, could there be an actual 30 days meal supply of recipes. Instead of having to eat the same dinner 4 times a month in order to do so?

  80. Stephanie Grijalva says:

    I just recently found this sight and was so impressed by the content here that I shared it with everyone I know! This has saved us so much money but more importantly TIME. After dinner around here it gets crazy trying to clean the kitchen and get everyone bathed and in bed on time. The time this saves me each day is worth more to me than any budget. Being a stay at home mom of four children, we dont have the money to pay for the year moembership, however I was able to come up with enough for a monthly membership with the change in my couch :) I will look for a way to budget the year membership but until then I will continue to give up a couple coffee shop trips to pay for this month to month. I am looking forward to the new changes. THank you for this sight

  81. Katrina says:

    I think you ladies do what you have to do. I’ve love the website and all your planning ability. If you get memberships from just half of the people that “like” your Face book page that’s over $1.2 Mil. That’s plenty of money to help you continue to make your dreams come true. Good luck with this venture.

  82. Tina says:

    Hi, I have never used this site but it was suggested to me. I see it is a value and I understand that people should be paid for their time, time is valuable, but many people are trying to save money and can’t afford one more subscription. I know $8 is virtually nothing but it all adds up, perhaps if I had used it before I wouldn’t hesitate. I see that this sight is super organized, with the labels and such, but the site makes money from the add banners, that is how most sites like this make their money and in fact do quite well, so I don’t understand the price. Best of luck and bless the woman on here who want to help the other woman who can’t afford this, though I also agree with a reply about spending that at McDonald’s too, but that is beside the point, helping someone is more of what our country needs! Good luck to all!

    • Tricia says:

      You know, you are right, we do make a measly few dollars off of advertising, just like all those other blogs out there; but we also put hours more than your ordinary food blog to create our resources. There are still plenty of things free here for those needing to pinch pennies (http://onceamonthmom.com/once-a-month-mom-fall-2012-changes/). And I suppose I just want to make sure that you understand that just because any blog has ads doesn’t mean that it is banking the funds. Those ads are pennies on the dollar for traffic and ALL those bloggers that you are reading for free are doing you a great service by also being free and should be appreciated for their efforts.

  83. Kayleigh says:

    Sad to see that you have moved to a charge model since my last visit. I always enjoyed your freezing instructions, but since most of the recipes I liked best are from other blogs like Skinnytaste I’ll hold off on paying for a membership and instead work out how to freeze the my favourite recipes myself.

    I know $8/month doesn’t sound like much but I’m about to go on maternity leave and our budget doesn’t allow for even one coffee out a week.

  84. Niki says:

    I don’t mind paying but I only use the month cooking about 4 times a year. This stocks my freezer since I also cook during the week. I would by a membership regardless if I can mix and match and still get the grocery list and other items. I know you are planning on it but are you any closer to knowing when that will be ready? I just don’t want to buy a year membership and it won’t be ready for 10 months.

  85. Robin says:

    Hello,

    I have used your site in the pass and really ejoyed it. I’m on a very low carb diet, Atkins 20-30 carbs a day. Another then your Diet recipes, do your other recipes/plans have carb counts. Thanks so much

  86. Serena says:

    I wish you offered vegan menus so I could justify the cost. :(

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