Curious if anyone here has ever tried a meal delivery service? There are quite a few of these available in the States - Hello Fresh, Blue Apron, Munchery, Gousto, etc. I'm considering trying one but they seem like a luxury expense. If you have tried one I am curious if you found value in the convenience of the service? Is that how you justified the expense? Also, what was the determining factor for you if you decided to keep or cancel the service? Sorry for all the questions, I found a coupon online and am trying to decide if I should go for it.
LOVE Hello Fresh!!!! We get three meals for two and the portions are PERFECT for my family of three (hubby, teenage son, and myself). Since my hubby and I work full time, it has been an amazing way to have delicious meals several times a week without going out to eat. Love the packaging, easy to prepare meals, and absolutely delicious. You even get the recipes so that you can make a meal again in the future if you would like.
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@jessicajwright since you've tried HelloFresh (and seem pretty enthusiastic about the service ) I'm curious if you find that the expense is comparable to the amount you would have otherwise spent on groceries? The $59.99 plan works out to roughly $10 a person per meal which seems pricey for a home cooked meal.
@PatBee I've tried Freshly. I saw an ad on Facebook that offered a promotion code to make it $20 for the first week through a coupon so I bit. We didn't elect to continue with the service because, though they were DELICIOUS, ultimately the experience of heating the meal in the microwave wasn't very fufilling.
@Janice we find Hello Fresh to be a lot more affordable than eating out. $20/meal for the three of us is far cheaper than minimum $40 to $100/meal. We were just spending way too much money eating out.
Hi @Abore2! For my house when we cook (it's just the two of us) it's generally a VERY simple meal (protein, steamed veggie, and a carb like rice or couscous) and works out to about $4 - $5 per person. I realize though that we are on the extreme side of simplicity. How about you @jessicajwright @PatBee ?
I don't have a typical household so I am hard pressed to set a cost benchmark. My son only eats meat and frozen food, so I can't get a food delivery service because it would be for me only. But when I was younger, I used to have lunch delivery to work. That was super cost effective, but I felt the portion size was too small and I ended up having the typical reaction of: "oh that's not what I want to eat today" since you ordered a week ahead. So financially it was worth it, from an experience it was not because I am too picky.
@Abore2--I agree with you! It seems like I spend too much money when I start shopping for meals to prepare at home. My hubby called and asked if I would pick up ingredients to make guacamole and queso because he was going to heat up the taquitos we had in the freezer. The kiddo and I go to the store, get ingredients, and maybe a couple of other things, check out and it's a little over $50! Seriously, to make queso and guac? With Hello Fresh (or any meal delivery service you prefer) the costs are contained and I don't have to plan a trip to the grocery store. I mean, who really likes to go grocery shopping anyway?!?
@Janice--if we could get away with preparing a meal for $5/person at home--I would be thrilled. Maybe we are doing something wrong???
@jessicajwright Not doing anything wrong (though PHEW $50 for guac and queso!?) like I mentioned, I admit we're on the basic side of eating clean when we make dinners at home. Generally a pan cooked or baked chicken breast per person (the protein is the most expensive part of the meal and chicken is cheap $4-5 for a 2 pack of chicken breast), chicken is seasoned or marinated, a steamed veggie (example - a head of broccoli is at the most $2), and then a cup of rice or couscous ($1 - $2). This would be an "average" example of our meals. I imagine the meals for your family are more complex or maybe you have dietary restrictions or preferences that involve maybe a higher cost alternative? (i.e. gluten sensitivity, organic, etc)
I am interested in trying Hello Fresh if I give it a go I will share with everyone in this topic!