Meal kits are great if you enjoy cooking but don’t have a lot of time to plan, shop and prep. They’re also usually healthier and more affordable than fast food dinners, which hover around $8-$10 per person, depending on the restaurant and the state you live in.
Of course, it will always be cheaper to buy ingredients on your own if you watch for sales and use coupons. But if you find yourself resorting to fast food a couple times a week due to time constraints or just plain planning/shopping/cooking burnout, you’d probably enjoy using a meal delivery service.
I’ve found that I’m able to make a 2 person meal kit feed 3 or even 4 by serving them with salad and bread. If I’m feeding 4 and it looks like there won’t be enough, I add veggies to the ones that come with the meal or as a second veggie side. Frozen peas, carrots or spinach usually do the trick and they are easy to keep on hand.
Most meal kit companies offer their best discounts to new customers. If you’re ready to try one out, I suggest going with the smallest portion that will feed your family. That will result in less money out of your pocket and give you a good idea if you like their dinners.
Below is a list of the most popular meal delivery services, a short description on what sets them apart, the discounts they are currently offering to new customers, and a cost per meal breakdown after coupon. If a coupon code is not listed, you just need to click the link to activate the discount. There is no obligation to keep the membership beyond your first shipment, so if you don’t like the food they send, just cancel!
Choose between 13 easy-to-follow recipes, including carb- and calorie-conscious recipes, and recipes without gluten.
Coupon: $30 off your first shipment
Breakdown: 2 people/3 recipes per week for $29.70 ($4.95 per meal)
Menu features 10 new recipes every week, including customer favorites, healthy eats, and kid-friendly recipes.
Coupon: $15 off each of your first 4 shipments + Free shipping
Breakdown: 2 people/2 recipes per week for $33 ($8.25 per meal)
Meals are already cooked for you. Just heat and eat in 3 minutes.
Coupon: $20 off each of your first 2 shipments + Free shipping code RAD40
Breakdown: 6 meals for $39.99 ($6.67 per meal)
6-step recipes take around 30 minutes and require minimal equipment.
Coupon: $20 off each of your first 3 boxes + Free shipping code GETFRESH60
Breakdown: 2 people/2 recipes week for $19.96 ($4.99 per meal)
America’s most affordable meal kit. Always $4.99 per serving.
Coupon: Free shipping on your first box code
Breakdown: 2 people/3 recipes per week for $29.94 ($4.99 per meal)
Delicious meals with organic produce and clean ingredients. Options include paleo, lean & Clean, gluten-free, vegan and more.
Coupon: $35 off your first delivery + Free shipping
Breakdown: 2 people/3 recipes per week for $36.94 ($6.17 per meal)
Each meal is cooked from scratch by their chefs and delivered to you fresh, never frozen.
Coupon: $20 off each of your first 2 shipments + Free shipping code MBB40
Breakdown: 4 meals per week for $40 ($10 per meal)
Easy-to-follow meal plans for every lifestyle, like keto, paleo, vegan, and more.
Coupon: $40 off your first order
Breakdown: 2 people/3 meals per week for $38.93 ($6.49 per meal)
Cook from a globally inspired, chef-designed menu with 20 recipes plus dessert.
Coupon: $20 off each of your first 4 weeks
Breakdown: 2 people/2 meals per week for $35.75 ($8.94 per meal)
If all you really need is a bit of help with meal planning, check out these services!
Meal plans tailored to your needs, goals, and lifestyle so you can cook healthy meals effortlessly. Custom recipes and shopping lists are sent straight to your phone.
Breakdown: Try it Free for 10 days and get $10 off any plan using coupon BARGAINBUDDY10.
Weekly meal plans offer the variety and flexibility for you to pick the recipes that best fit your needs each week. Shop yourself or send the grocery list they create to Amazon, Walmart, Kroger, Instacart or Shipt to have your groceries delivered.
Breakdown: Try it Free for 14 days. Subscriptions start at $5 per month.
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