Six Useful Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Meal Kit Services

Meal kit services, like Blue Apron, Hello Fresh, and Plated, deliver meal ingredients right to your door every week. If you’re thinking of trying one out, or are already a subscriber, these tips help you get the most bang for your buck.

You may already know what these services are all about, but this video from the Consumer Reports YouTube channel shares some meal kit advice you may not have thought of:

  1. Subscribe to more than one service: Most meal kit services have flexible subscriptions, and one plan might not have food you like for the week. So you can switch to the service with more exciting options for the week and switch back and forth depending on what you want.
  2. Pick the meals with the more expensive ingredients: All the meals in a meal kit service are priced the same since they all fall under the subscription cost, so you might as well get your money’s worth and enjoy the pricier meals, like steaks and salmon fillets.
  3. Get the best nutrition possible: Look at the ingredient lists for each meal and select meals that best match your dietary plan. And don’t be afraid to hold back on certain ingredients if you need to.
  4. Treat it like cooking school: Take advantage of all the videos and cooking tips the meal kit service offers on their web site. Keep a lookout for recipes inspired by famous chefs, and watch the difficulty levels when you order and ramp things up as you go along.
  5. Have your food delivered to your workplace: If you’re at work more than you’re at home, sending your meal kits to your workplace will let you store some things in the work fridge and keep it out of the sun on your porch.
  6. If it looks good, eat it: Use your meal kits as an opportunity to widen your palate and try new foods you wouldn’t normally spring for at a pricier restaurant. You never know when you’ll find your next favourite food.

With these tips, a meal kit service can get you eating healthier, make you a better cook, and save you some trips to the grocery store.

6 Ways to Get the Most Out of Meal Kits [YouTube]


  • I just cannot justify the cost of these meal kit services. There’s two of us and each night I make a four-person sized meal which gives us dinner plus lunch the following day. The equivalent cost of that for just five days at HelloFresh is $189.95. My weekly shop costs about $90 (which includes non-meal items like cat food, cleaning supplies, shampoo etc), no way can I justify an extra $100 just to save myself the hour or so I spend planning all meals for the week and the half-hour spent shopping. I understand they’re probably great for some people that don’t mind the cost but for us, no way.

  • We use Hello Fresh occasionally – if we have deactivated our subscription, every 6-8 weeks we will get an email with a discount offer. The first one is $20 off, and if we leave it another week there is a 50% discount offer. It is a good way to try some different foods and add our favourites into our regular recipes. All the current and historical recipes are available on their website as well.

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