With so many restaurants closed due to, this might be the ideal time to try a meal-kit delivery service. Companies like Blue Apron, Hello Fresh and Gobble will put perfectly portioned, ready-to-cook dinners on your doorstep, at per-serving prices that often beat what you’d pay dining out.
There are four offering particularly good deals right now; I’ll update this list as more enter my radar. Which one is best? I’ve tried several and they’re all pretty darn good. You can check out CNET’s roundup offor more a detailed, er, taste.
In the meantime, if you’ve already tried one or more of these, tell me which one(s) and what you liked or didn’t like.
Blue Apron offers two- and four-serving boxes with 2-3 or 2-4 recipes per week, respectively. Prices range from $7.49 to $9.99 per serving depending on how much you order, with shipping included free with all orders except the two-person, two-recipe option.
There’s no promo code for this offer; just click the orange Redeem Offer button at the top and you’ll save $60 on your first three boxes.
As fate would have it, I just tried Gobble for the first time. It’s quite similar to the other services, except that many items come already chopped, peeled, marinated and so on — which can definitely save you some prep time. The two meals I just tried, Yankee pot roast and Cacao e pepe, were terrific.
Dinner prices are a flat $11.99 per serving, however, so you do pay a bit extra for that convenience.
Home Chef’s meals start at $6.99 per serving, though you can’t see a detailed price list until you actually get into the weekly menu and start making your selections. Also a bit confusing: Some meals are tagged “Fresh Start,” but nothing I could find indicates what that means.
Use our link below to get this promotion automatically applied when you sign up. Whatever options you choose, you’ll save $25 per delivery for the first four deliveries.
My advice: Take advantage of each and every one of these offers (making sure to pause or cancel after). You can see which service you like best and get super-cheap meals for weeks at a time.
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