This Hack Lets You Try Every Meal Kit For Almost Nothing

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It’s a known fact that food tastes better when you’ve scored it for a good delivery. If you like delicious food but don’t like paying a lot of money for them, I have a very good money saving tip it will allow you to try almost all the best meal kits and meal delivery services for next to nothing.

All it takes is a little organization (and maybe a few calendar reminders to be sure). You can hack the system and try all the most popular meal kit services for a massive discount. And when I say discount, I mean it; you will often pay less than $2 per serving. It’s much cheaper than buying groceries and cooking at home or ordering cheap, unhealthy fast food. With this meal kit hack, you will have all the fresh ingredients preported and sent to your home to prepare healthy dinners for you and the family.

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How to try every meal kit on the cheap

Almost every meal kit service I’ve tested — and I have tried almost all of them — will allow you to try several weeks of meals for a super cheap promotional price. These extremely discounted sign-up offers are often as low as $4 or $5 for a complete recipe that will feed two, four or six four people.

Transactions will usually be spread over three, four or even five deliveries. For instance, blue apronthe offer will be you save $110, but you’ll have to order five weeks worth of meals. That’s still 13 “free” dinners, and you’ll get to try this simple and airy meal kit service in the process. Gobble’s the offer is shorter but just as tempting. This service allows you to try your first six meal kits for just $36.

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EveryPlate is my favorite budget meal kit. It’s already quite affordable, but that’s how cheap it will be for your first few boxes.

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Even without those deals, we’ve crunched the numbers and using a handy meal kit is just one a few dollars more than buying the same groceries. Consider one of the offers and it will be significantly cheaper than buying the ingredients. Plus, you won’t have to make boring trips to the store for months — or even a year if you try them all.

So what are the best meal delivery sign-up deals?

I rounded the best meal delivery deals here so you can make a plan to try them all. Some promotions are subject to change from month to month, so grab the ones that work best for you now and I’ll be sure to update the post so you can find the best deals when it’s time. try a new service.

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Be sure to read each offer carefully. Often the supply is spread over a few deliveries, so you are committing to a few weeks worth of meals. You can always cancel or pause after the reduction is over.

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Set a reminder to cancel and move on to next

The big problem is that if you don’t cancel after the initial promotion ends, the service will almost certainly continue to send you meal boxes, but at the full the price. Some will allow you to cancel right after placing your order while others will make you wait until the promotional boxes have all been delivered. In cases where they keep you waiting, I would suggest setting a reminder to cancel as soon as possible.

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Setting reminders to cancel after the promotion ends will keep this sneaky system running smoothly.

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In the worst case, you’ll get an extra week of meal delivery at a higher price. Certainly not the end of the world, but if you’re trying to try them all for these lowest deals, you’ll have to stay on your game.

There’s usually no commitment, but read the fine print anyway

Most of these deeply discounted sign-up offers won’t require you to enter into long-term contracts. In fact, they make it quite easy to suspend or cancel your service, unlike those gyms that cause the rage. But for security reasons, read the fine print of each service and each individual promotion before entering your credit card information.

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Sunbasket is my favorite overall meal kit service. It’s usually around $12 or $13 per serving, but not when you take advantage of this trial offer.

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There are also prepared meal delivery deals to try.

If you’re not into cooking, many of the best prepared meal delivery services also offer sign-up offers. I’ve found that the reduction, as a percentage, isn’t usually as good as with meal kits, but there are still some cheap meals to grab. Much like meal kits, you’ll be able to cancel your service after taking advantage of the offer – or bring them over if you like what you’re getting.

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Prepared meal services such as Freshly also have sign-up deals, though you usually get a bigger deal with meal kits.

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Even online butchers such as Butcher’s shop and grocery delivery services such as Prosperous market and hungryroot have great business with new customers. I say try them all and let everyone pay full price.

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The information in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to constitute medical or health advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have about a medical condition or health goals.

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