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One way to find the best meal kit for your taste and budget is to take my word for it. I've tested them all to curate these lists of theand in every category. Another way is to try them all yourself, and you can do that for very little if you enlist this smart system.
If you've been curious to try a cheap, I can attest firsthand that they make meal-making a breeze, even if it's just for a few dinners each week. You won't have to labor over what to make, or do loads of prep since many of them do the measuring and a good deal of the prep work for you. To try several meal delivery services and get a wide snapshot and decide which is best, there's a not-so-secret meal delivery hack you can enlist that'll net you months, even as much as a year, of meal kits at super cheap prices.
All you'll need to try these convenient meal kits for as little as $2 or $3 per serving is a little coordination. The result will be months of inexpensive dinners for you and your crew at a total cost far cheaper than even, and definitely cheaper than ordering takeout or dining at a restaurant.
Here's how to do it.
How to score months of meal kits for next to nothing
Almost every meal kit service I've tested -- and-- will allow you to try several weeks of meals for a super cheap promotional price. These hugely discounted sign-up offers are often for a full recipe that will feed two, four or even six people. That's just a few bucks per serving and as cheap a meal as you're going to find .
These meal delivery deals will be typically spread out over three, four or even five deliveries. For example,'s offer will . That still amounts to 13 "free" dinners, though, and you'll get to try this easy breezy meal kit service in the process. deal is shorter but just as tempting. That service lets you try your first .
Even without these deals, we crunched the numbers and using a convenient meal kit is just a. Factor in one of the offers and it'll be significantly cheaper than buying the ingredients. Plus, you won't have to take annoying trips to the store for months -- or even as long a year if you try them all.
The best meal delivery deals?
Don't worry, I've made this easy and rounded up theso you can make a plan to try them all for cheap. Some promotions are likely to change from month to month, so grab the ones that look best to you now and I'll be sure to update the post so you can find the best deals when it's time to try a new service.
Set a reminder to cancel and move on to the next one
The big catch is that if you don't cancel after the initial promotion ends, the service will almost certainly keep sending you boxes of meals but at the full price. Some will let you cancel right after you place your order while others will make you wait until the promo boxes have all been delivered. In cases where they make you wait, I'd suggest setting a reminder to cancel at the earliest possible time.
The worst-case scenario is you'll get an extra week's delivery of meals at a higher price. Certainly not the end of the world but if you're trying to try them all for those rock-bottom offers, you'll have to stay on your game.
Meal kits typically don't have long-term commitments
Most of these deeply discounted sign-up offers won't rope you into any long-term contracts. In fact, they make it fairly easy to pause or cancel your service, unlike those fury-inducing gyms. But for safety's sake, read the fine print for each service and for each individual promotion before you enter your credit card information.
There are also prepared meal delivery deals to try
If you don't have an interest in cooking, many of the tophave sign-up offers too. I've found that the discount, by percentage, isn't usually as good as with meal kits but there are still some cheap meals to be had. Much like meal kits, you'll be able to cancel your service after you've taken advantage of the deal -- or keep 'em coming if you like what you get.
Even online butchers such asand grocery delivery services such as and have some hefty new customer deals. I say try them all and let everyone else pay full price.
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