No one can deny that meal-kit companies streamline cooking and make it a more enjoyable experience. However, there’s another question that doesn’t have such a clear answer; does HelloFresh save money?
HelloFresh saves money compared to purchasing ingredients for the same meal at the grocery store. Additionally, when you consider the time saved, HelloFresh saves money by allowing you to spend your time more efficiently.
Now that you know it’s possible to save by eating through HelloFresh, I’m sure you’re spinning with questions. Stick around, and you’ll get the answers to all of your inquiries, including how much HelloFresh costs per serving, how much it costs to live on HelloFresh, and how you can save money with HelloFresh.
How Much Does HelloFresh Cost per Serving?
HelloFresh costs between $7.99 and $11.99 per serving, depending on the number of servings ordered. The more servings you purchase at once, the less you’ll pay for each individual serving. The largest order you can make from HelloFresh is 24 servings, and the smallest is four.
If you want to explore the price range per serving based on quantities ordered, you can play around with the HelloFresh plans calculator.
How Much Does It Cost to Live on HelloFresh?
The cost of living on HelloFresh per person is between $23.97 and $35.97 per day, between $167.79 and $251.79 per week, and between $671.16 and $1007.16 per month (assuming you use HelloFresh for three meals a day).
An additional cost to consider is the cost of shipping. HelloFresh’s plan page shows a flat rate shipping cost of $10.
If you live on HelloFresh, you’ll probably order the max servings at once; 24. Therefore, the cost to ship a month’s worth of HelloFresh servings, which is 84 servings, is $35.
Does the Cost of HelloFresh Change for Different Types of Meal Plans?
The cost of HelloFresh does not change for different types of meal plans. The only contributing factor to price differentials per serving is the number of servings ordered at once.
Whether you want a family-friendly, vegetarian, or pescetarian meal plan, you’ll be paying the same amount per serving with HelloFresh.
How to Save Money with HelloFresh
The easiest way to save money with HelloFresh is to order in bulk. The maximum number of servings you can order in one box is 24, and you should always order boxes in this quantity.
If you think you won’t be able to go through 24 servings of HelloFresh before the food goes bad, you can preserve unused HelloFresh meals in the freezer.
Can HelloFresh Meat Be Frozen?
HelloFresh meat can be frozen. To freeze HelloFresh meat properly, place it in an airtight container and put the filled container in a freezer. However, be careful when it comes to freezing other HelloFresh ingredients since not all ingredients in a meal are as freezer-friendly as meat.
HelloFresh vs. Fast Food
Now that we know HelloFresh is cheaper than preparing the same meals at home, let’s dive into the next option for daily meals in America, fast food.
Fast food has long been considered the cheapest avenue to calorie consumption in the United States, so let’s see how it stacks up against the new meal-kit mailing trend.
Is HelloFresh Cheaper than Fast Food?
HelloFresh is more expensive than fast food. According to Money Crashers, the average cost of a fast-food meal in the United States is less than $6. Since the minimum cost per meal for HelloFresh is $7.99, we can conclude that fast food is significantly cheaper than HelloFresh.
If you want to read more on the cost of fast food, you can look into Money Crunchers’ article on the subject of fast food prices.
Two Reasons to Pay the Extra Price of HelloFresh
While fast food is cheaper, HelloFresh has a significant advantage because it’s healthier. Healthy options are few and far between, whereas all HelloFresh meals are sourced from fresh and healthy ingredients.
Another benefit of HelloFresh over fast food is convenience. While fast food has always been considered the most convenient way to eat, there is a valid argument for HelloFresh being an even more convenient alternative.
When ordering fast food, you have to leave the house to have it cheaper than HelloFresh. Food delivery apps like UberEats and DoorDash have:
- inflated prices
- delivery fees
- service fees
- a social obligation to tip
These additional fees make ordering fast food more expensive than HelloFresh.
Therefore, the only fair comparison is between HelloFresh and visiting a fast food restaurant in person. Here, the convenience of HelloFresh is that you don’t even have to leave the house.
I know what you’re thinking, “but you have to cook!” That’s true; however, cooking with HelloFresh is streamlined with pre-measured ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes. Plus, you can order their quick and easy package at no additional cost to make the process even more convenient.
I personally think ordering HelloFresh is more convenient because you don’t have to leave the house, and cooking with the meal kit is easy. However, personal preference is a major factor here since some people don’t enjoy cooking and would rather leave the house.
Breaking Down the Time Saved by HelloFresh
HelloFresh will save you time compared to preparing the same meals without the delivery service. Although it’s not clear how much time you’ll save exactly, let’s dive into the different ways HelloFresh saves time.
Here are the different ways HelloFresh saves you time:
- Time spent grocery shopping. According to Spend Me Not, the average American spends 51 hours a year grocery shopping, which is completely erased when you use HelloFresh. This is a helpful article to read – Is HelloFresh Really Cheaper Than Grocery Shopping?
- Time spent prepping. Every HelloFresh ingredient comes to be cut, measured, peeled, and generally ready to use. Most recipes I’ve found online allocate 5 to 15 minutes to prep time, which is saved when you use HelloFresh.
If you order large quantities and are careful to maintain the freshness of meals, you can save money with HelloFresh. Plus, you can save plenty of money-making time by forgoing prepping and grocery shopping altogether.
Unfortunately, you will not save money with HelloFresh compared to fast food. At less than $6 a meal, HelloFresh is significantly more expensive than your average fast food meal in the United States.