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Is HelloFresh Worth The Money?! A HelloFresh Alternatives

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I finally decided to try Hellofresh because I had a horrible week and needed a break from my daily dinner routine.

I’ve never given Hellofresh a thought before because well ..

The price.

I’m sure you have heard by now that Hellofresh isn’t the cheapest meal planning option. But if you are terrible at meal planning is this the best option?

If you go to the Hellofresh website right now without using someone’s code to get 12 free meals then 3 dinners for 4 people will cost me $98.87.

Now my straight-up frugal folks, bear with me, because I have a better frugal alternative when you need a break from meal planning. ( Scroll to the bottom if you can’t wait)

My others, well that’s expensive and there are ways to get it down, and there are cheaper alternatives.

I do suggest ALWAYS going through Rakuten first- you may be eligible to get $10 or $20 back. And if you don’t have an account with Rakuten you can sign up through my link here and get $25 on top of the $20 through Hellofresh.

Even if you do the $90 off promo that only gives you $20 off the first box and free shipping after. You have to buy multiple boxes to get to your $90 off.

It’s easy to get Free Shipping ($8.99) with your first order and someone’s promo code. But after that, you pay $9 for shipping.

Is it conveinant?

TOTALLY.

But this is WAY more expensive then even going to the grocery store and buying the same exact items.

It is really hard for me to buy grocery items NOT on sale, but if you bought these things on sale or used coupons, oh man you would save money for sure.

What do you do when you are burnt out from meal planning but can’t afford HelloFresh?

You do this.

Either create an account for Hellofresh and look through some of their recipe ideas. Scroll through Pinterest and find meal planning boards. ( You can check out my Frugal Meal Planning Board here)

First, you can add in ALL The ingredients from your home into the app. That way you are keeping track of it all and not buying things you don’t need.

Second, it will come up with meals based on your preference. It’s especially helpful for those who have dietary restrictions.

THEN the BEST part is, you can have it create a shopping list for you based on the meals it came up with.

You can tweak the meals too if there is something you don’t want. I usually only do dinners and once in a while add breakfast in to spark my creativity.

You can have your meals planned out, and your shopping list to create the meals sent to your home.

Basically what Hellofresh offers you- minus the fancy meal cards they give you but the meal plan on your computer or phone- less waste right?

It’s way cheaper because if you need chicken for the week you aren’t buying one or two pounds at a time.

I thought it was super fun and conveinant. I sent my list to Aldi and choose in store pickup. Because I’m cheap and although I was going to go for delivery to really compare to Hellofresh- I did not want to spend $14.99 even for the blog purpose.

It’s a daily struggle the cheapness. I know some of you can relate and if so drop me a comment or follow me on Tiktok and let me know.

Is HelloFresh Worth The Money?! A HelloFresh Alternatives

Were the HelloFresh Meals Good?

Yes, they were really good. We liked them all, the least favorite from the kids ( since I choose family-friendly) was the Italian Pepper Steak Sandos.

hellofresh meal cards

I will be using the recipe cards to make the meals again.

Is HelloFresh Worth The Money?! A HelloFresh Alternatives

Was HelloFresh Meals Easy to Make?

They weren’t difficult BUT there is prep work involved. If you were a first-time cook or new to cooking while babies are screaming or kids fighting, it would be a little too much.

But it is similar to how I cook meals now so for me I thought it was easy, but had more prep work than I wanted for the price I paid.

What Meals Did You Get?

I choose three meals for a family of four. The Meals we got were Cheesy Smothered Mushroom Chicken, Tuscan Beef Stuffed Peppers, Italian Pepper Steak Sandos.

HelloFresh Alternatives ( My favorite at bottom)

Wholesale Clubs Prepared Meals

If you have a wholesale membership to Sam’s, Costco, or BJ’s you can get meals that only require you to heat up for LESS than Hellofresh. I have my favorites at BJs here.

You may have to spend the time to walk into the store to purchase BUT the meal can be heated up quicky. No prepping.

For Costco premade meal ideas check it out here. Even a discount membership to these wholesale clubs is cheaper!

( Grab a discount to all three here)

DINNERLY

This one is known for being more budget-friendly. They are the first meal kit delivery service to offer meals for $4.49 per serving without and discount.

Of course shopping, yourself can get it cheaper BUT that’s a cheaper price than sitting down to a restaurant.

You can sign up through this link and get $45 off your order.

EveryPlate

Another meal service kit that is geared towards those who want to spend less. The downside there is only 16 recipes to choose from. The price per person is $4.99.

Right now you can sign up and get your meals at $2.99 each and get 20% off your next two boxes here when you use promo code Q6-4DFGE.

Freshly

Have you heard of Freshly? This is an option if you are looking for meals that only need to be heated up. The menu consist of 30+ meals to choose from.

You can use code  LAUNCH15 to save $60.00 on your first 4 orders($15 per order). Sign up here.

An even cheaper alternative to that- Frozen Foods. I’ve heard in other threads that if you are grabbing a service like Freshly it’s comparable to Healthy Choice Frozen Meals.

There are a bunch of other meal planning services that all are $8, $9 and even $12 per person.

I didn’t want to include those because that is a BIG chunk of money. And the point of this was to share cheaper alternatives for meal planning kits.

If you want to go the frugal do it yourself route grab some of my FREE meal plans below.

Or if you need to take a break from meal planning treat yourself to one of the boxes above. Let me know how it works for you in the comments below.

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And MY Favorite Alternative Is Real Plans!

This is a meal planning app I’ve shared several times on the blog. And recently they added a couple of new features that are amazing.

To keep a tighter grocery budget shopping from your pantry first is KEY. If you are curious what a frugal food budget should be check out this post here.

First, you can add in ALL The ingredients from your home into the app. That way you are keeping track of it all and not buying things you don’t need.

Second, it will come up with meals based on your preference. It’s especially helpful for those who have dietary restrictions.

THEN the BEST part is, you can have it create a shopping list for you based on the meals it came up with.

You can tweak the meals too if there is something you don’t want. I usually only do dinners and once in awhile add breakfast in to spark my creativity.

You can have your meals planned out, and your shopping list to create the meals sent to your home.

Basically what Hellofresh offers you- minus the fancy meal cards they give you but the meal plan on your computer or phone- less waste right?

It’s way cheaper because if you need chicken for the week you aren’t buying one or two pounds at a time.

I thought it was super fun and conveinant. I sent my list to Aldi and choose in store pickup. Because I’m cheap and although I was going to go for delivery to really compare to Hellofresh- I did not want to spend $14.99 even for the blog purpose.

It’s a daily struggle the cheapness. I know some of you can relate and if so drop me a comment or follow me on Tiktok and let me know.

aldi grocery pickup with realplans

I used Realplans to come up with dinner and breakfast meals, I put what I already had. Normally I will make my dinner meals off of what meat we already have and what is on sale.

This time I let whatever I didn’t have get ordered at Aldi.

aldi grocerys with realplans

Doing that took about five minutes which included my payment. Super conveinant.

I spent $79 including tax to pick up the groceries at Aldi. I forgot that they charge you for a bag so six bags are in the final cost too.

Picking up the groceries and making dinners with all the ingredients there that I didn’t have to mentally think about was the welcome break I was looking for.

It is something I will do whenever I’m sick of making the same olf same old or just need the break.

Real plans ends up being $6 a month when you choose the 12 year subscription.

Otherwise you can pay monthly for $14 or Quarerly for $12.

You can customize the meal plans to your dietary restrictions. It is one of the apps I highly recommend for anyone who has dietary restrictions. You can put in the meats you’d like and the style recipes and have the meal plan pick out all three meals for the month for you.

You can even limit it to the cost of ingredients too. The options are pretty fantastic. There is also a swipeable shopping list if you download the app on your phone.

I’m one who chooses desktop and I find it easy to use on both.

Or you can go through the Recipe box and add the meals you want. I personally love the surprise of having it plan meals when I’m burnt out.

I don’t usually meal plan for lunch. The kids now eat school lunch and my husband and I bring whatever is leftover or sandwiches. Breakfast tends to be cereal and eggs but I put in a breakfast menu for you to see.

Is HelloFresh Worth The Money?! A HelloFresh Alternatives

If you are burnt out with meal planning and you love apps this is for you. I use Real Plans most of the time on desktop.

I will probably end up shopping in-store at Aldi because we noticed most of the items are a few cents higher than in-store prices.

Let me know if you have given it a try and what you think in the comments below?


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