Meal delivery kits you can get for under $200 per week

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Sometimes life can cook up a few inconveniences, whether it’s a busy schedule, empty supermarket shelves, or a health pandemic forcing many of us to stay home. So, how can we get enough grub to see us through? That’s where subscription meal delivery services might come in handy.

Our recent survey revealed that Aussies spend an average of $176 on healthy meal deliveries per month, with value for money the greatest driver of their customer satisfaction. One in ten (11%) respondents admitted to ordering a dinner meal for every night. But, how much would it cost to survive on meal deliveries for a week? To find out, we’ve compiled a guide to help you stretch $200 (and even $100 in some cases) to buy a week’s worth of meals from companies including HelloFresh, Lite n’ Easy, Marley Spoon, Dinner Twist, Nourish’d and Youfoodz.

Meal Delivery Kits for Families

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It isn’t always cheap to feed a packed house, whether you’re a family of four or a sharehouse on a budget. A weekly or fortnightly subscription is one way to keep control of your finances, with a fixed price hopefully removing some of the uncertainty around how much you’ll need to spend on some groceries.

If you’re looking to order individual meals for during the week, the below table compares how much you could be spending for a family of four each week based on the number of individual meals. On average, the meal deliveries we reviewed could set you back up to $130 per week for five meals (not including delivery fees). Keep in mind costs can also vary depending on factors like type of meal plans, upsizing and the number of meals you choose to order.

But if you want to replace your usual food shop with a subscription, meal delivery services like Nourish’d might be more suitable. The smallest box contains five meals, which is usually the maximum number of dishes you can order, while the biggest option comes with 28 meals.

Meals per week HelloFresh Marley Spoon Dinner Twist Youfoodz
Two meals Unavailable $92.85 Unavailable $49 minimum spend per order
Three meals $99.96-$114.96 $121.15 Unavailable $49 minimum spend per order
Four meals $129.96-144.96 $150.55 Unavailable $49 minimum spend per order
Five meals $149.81-$179.89 Unavailable $125-$159 $49 minimum spend per order

Prices taken from respective brands, correct as of March 2020.

HelloFresh

Best cheap healthy meal delivery review for families HelloFresh

For a family of four, HelloFresh will cost anywhere between $99.48 and $179.89 per week depending on the plan and number of meals you want. But while the Family Plan has the most expensive basic set you can get from the service, this option actually works out to be more affordable if you’re looking to get more than just a couple of servings from your HelloFresh subscription.

Here’s how much it will cost to feed four people for a week:

  • Three meals: $99.48 (Family Plan) or $115.08 (Classic or Veggie Plan)
  • Four meals: $131.04 (Family Plan) or $143.84 (Classic or Veggie Plan)
  • Five meals: $149.81 (Family Plan) or $179.89 (Classic or Veggie Plan)

Youfoodz

Best cheap healthy meal delivery review for families Youfoodz

If being home feels pretty hectic, meal delivery services like Youfoodz provide ready-made meals to cut down prep time (and the cleanup that goes along with it). But compared with Lite’n Easy, Youfoodz seems to offer the extra dose of flexibility you might need to create a suitable meal plan for the family, as opposed to just yourself.

The food options include typical ‘everyday dishes’ as well as dishes catered towards supporting weight loss. There’s also the Muscle Builder meal plan and the Clean & Lean meal plan which maps out up to seven days’ worth of grub (including snacks, of course). This could work out well if there’s a gym junkie in the family, or if you’ve made a promise with your housemates to press pause on the instant noodles.

While there’s a variety of individual meals to choose from, Youfoodz does require customers to spend at least $49 per order.

  • Breakfast: $4.95-$9.95
  • Lunch and dinner: $7.95-$9.95
  • Snacks: $2.99-$4.95
  • Meal plans: $49.75 (Clean & Lean) or $61.75 (Muscle Building)

Drinks are additionally available for between $2.95 and $29.95.

Marley Spoon 

Best cheap healthy meal delivery review for families Marley Spoon

If you’re pretty skeptical about the portion sizes of meal delivery kits, you’re not alone. Marley Spoon is one of several services which actually attempts to fix this by allowing customers to upsize their dishes. In this case, you can get extra protein. So, Marley Spoon’s meal deliveries might be worth thinking about if you’ve previously tried a meal subscription service and found an order of two servings somehow turns into one, or just simply ended up extra snacky.

A weekly subscription for the two-person box from Marley Spoon will get you:

  • Two meals: $92.95
  • Three meals: $121.15
  • Four meals: $150.55

Dinner Twist

Best cheap healthy meal delivery review for families Dinner Twist

If you’re like the 81% of Aussies in our survey who usually eat dishes from a meal delivery service at night, Dinner Twist may be worth thinking about since it only provides dinner options. Plus, it’s mainly catered towards people wanting a family-sized meal plan typically designed to suit four people.

The cheapest option is the Express Box, which contains three meals per week. If you want a little extra, the Family Box and Wholesome Box come with four meals. A vegan or vegetarian friendly option is also available with the Plant-Based Box.

You can choose between a weekly or fortnightly delivery option, with prices staying the same regardless which you choose. Excluding any extra charges like delivery fees and upsizing costs, this is what you might expect to fork out for four people each payment run:

  • Express Box: $125
  • Plant-Based Box: $139
  • Family Box: $159
  • Wholesome Box: $159

Nourish’d

Best cheap healthy meal delivery review for families Nourish'd

Got a big family or living in a sharehouse? Despite having a much higher weekly subscription fee, Nourish’d seems to have a cheaper price per serving compared to the other meal delivery services we’ve mentioned. Nourish’d is also pretty unique when it comes to portions, allowing customers to pick different sizes to cater to different needs. So, this could be worth considering if you have a few mouths to feed or usually split costs for delivery services (just like the one in ten respondents in our latest survey).

Here’s an approximate price range you might expect for each type of box, but these will vary depending on meal size, plan type and other factors:

  • A Slice of Convenience (5 meals): $69.35-$79.85
  • The 9 to 5 ER (10 meals): $137.50-$150
  • The Daily Dose (15 meals): $177.20-$209
  • The Ultimate (21 meals): $236.61-$279.70
  • Hungry Hungry Hippo (28 meals): $305.60-$361.90
  • Build Your Own (minimum 5 meals): at least $58.75

Meal Delivery Kits for Singles & Couples

Singles may get a bad rap for the ‘ol cheap frozen microwave meal for one. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t quick and affordable delivery meal subscription services available to spice things up. After all, there’s always more fish in the sea.

The below table compares the prices for meal plans for two people. Our comparison shows single or couple households might need to fork out an average $80 or more, for a few meals, not including delivery fees.

Meals per week HelloFresh Marley Spoon Dinner Twist Youfoodz
Two meals $59.96 $58.95 $79-$110 $49 minimum spend per order
Three meals $82.32 $76.45 Unavailable $49 minimum spend per order
Four meals $99.90 $96.55 Unavailable $49 minimum spend per order

Prices taken from respective brands, correct as of March 2020.

Lite n’ Easy

Best cheap healthy meal delivery review for singles and couples Lite'n Easy

Best cheap healthy meal delivery review for singles and couples Lite’n Easy Unlike some other meal delivery services, Lite n’ Easy can actually cater for a full week’s worth of food. But it might be a more cost-effective option for single households, rather than couples or families, since these menu plans are designed for individuals. Prices also vary depending on the number of calories instead of number of dishes, which is usually the standard method for most meal delivery services.

Here’s how much it may cost for one person a week:

  • Full 3 Day Plan: $82-$89
  • Full 4 Day Plan: $99-$109
  • Full 5 Day Plan: $118-$145
  • Full 7 Day Plan: $152-$189

If a full-day meal plan has your fridge (or wallet) feeling a little bloated, there are also 5-day and 7-day options which include either breakfast & lunch, breakfast & dinner, lunch & dinner or just lunch.

  • Breakfast & Lunch: $77-$97 (5 Day Plan) or $93-$125 (7 Day Plan)
  • Breakfast & Dinner: $92-$94 (5 Day Plan) or $114-$118 (7 Day Plan)
  • Lunch & Dinner: $104-$120 (5 Day Plan) or $130-$161 (7 Day Plan)
  • Lunch: $50-$57 (5 Day Plan) or $64-$76 (7 Day Plan)

Youfoodz

Best cheap healthy meal delivery review for singles and couples Youfoodz

With individual meals usually costing $9.95, and a minimum order spend of $49 required per order, Youfoodz can be one way to sort out your lunch and dinner plans for the next work week for under $100. If you’re looking to spend less but get more, the Muscle Builder meal plan and Clean & Lean meal plan have a variety of options that provide up to a whole week’s worth of breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for the same amount.

For two people, a weekly subscription will include a variety of options generally costing around the $10 mark.

  • Breakfast: $4.95-$9.95
  • Lunch and dinner: $7.95-$9.95
  • Snacks: $2.99-$4.95
  • Meal plans: $49.75 (Clean & Lean) or $61.75 (Muscle Building)

Drinks are additionally available for between $2.95-$29.95.

HelloFresh

Best cheap healthy meal delivery review for singles and couples HelloFresh

HelloFresh is one of the most well-known meal delivery services, offering customers the same convenience of a ready-made-meal but still giving them the ability to enjoy homemade dishes with a box of pre-prepared ingredients. Compared to other meal delivery options, HelloFresh isn’t the cheapest but it does sit somewhere in the middle. It also provides up to five meals and has a rotating menu for anyone who prefers to have a variety of menu items to choose from.

You can choose to get anywhere between three to five recipes each week, with each recipe designed to give two servings. The Classic Plan and Veggie Plan are the most affordable options you can get from the service.

  • Three meals: $59.96 (Classic or Veggie Plan)
  • Four meals: $82.32 (Classic or Veggie Plan)
  • Five meals: $99.90 (Classic or Veggie Plan) or

A Family Plan is alternatively available if you want enough meals to spread throughout the week. This costs between $99.96 and $149.81, and allows you to choose three to five recipes per week.

Marley Spoon

Best cheap healthy meal delivery review for singles and couples Marley Spoon

Marley Spoon dishes up similar plan options to other meal delivery services like HelloFresh. A weekly subscription for singles or couples can cost anywhere between $58.95 and $96.95. If you’re someone who easily gets sick of eating the same meals more than twice a row, Marley Spoon spices things up with 27 new recipes each week. This includes a variety of vegetarian, vegan, healthy, gluten-free options as well as meat and fish dishes.

The four-person box from Marley Spoon will get you:

  • Two meals: $58.95
  • Three meals: $76.45
  • Four meals: $96.55

Dinner Twist

Best cheap healthy meal delivery review for singles and couples Dinner Twist

Sorry acai bowl and bircher muesli fans, you won’t be able to find any brekky options here. But you will be able to find dishes like a red rice bowl with falafel bites and chimichurri as well as Peruvian fish stew and even Greek potato salad with marinated Fremantle octopus.

While Dinner Twist is typically catered towards families, two-person options are available. And just like Marley Spoon, you can upsize your meal to include extra protein (or even upgrade to grass-fed and finished beef). You can substitute pork, lamb beef and fish for other alternatives.

  • Express Box: $79
  • Plant-Based Box: $99
  • Wholesome Box: $110
  • Family Box: $110

Nourish’d

Best cheap healthy meal delivery review for singles and couples Nourish'd

If you’re not planning on leaving the house, you can definitely get away with a weekly subscription to Nourish’d. While some meal delivery plans are typically designed to provide up to five dishes, larger options such as The Ultimate and Hungry Hungry Hippo allow you to order enough food to sort you out with breakfast, lunch and dinner for the entire week.

Despite costing more than other meal delivery services, you might end up getting more bang for your buck. Three meals for two people on a Marley Spoon subscription usually costs $121.15, although adding less than $20 could get you just more than three times the amount of dishes with The 9 To 5 ER meal plan from Nourish’d.

  • A Slice of Convenience (5 meals): $69.35-$79.85
  • The 9 to 5 ER (10 meals): $137.50-$150
  • The Daily Dose (15 meals): $177.20-$209
  • The Ultimate (21 meals): $236.61-$279.70
  • Hungry Hungry Hippo (28 meals): $305.60-$361.90
  • Build Your Own (minimum 5 meals): at least $58.75

How long will the meals last for?

The shelf life of meal deliveries depends on the company and the specific meal. For example, fresh ingredients from Marley Spoon have a shorter lifespan and are said to stay fresh no more than four more days from the date of delivery. But meal delivery services such as Youfoodz and Nourish’d can last for a bit longer, with the services claiming their meals can survive just more than seven days in the fridge. Although Youfoodz advises any orders containing fish should be eaten within the first six days. If you want to extend the shelf life of your food, Nourish’d meals can be frozen and kept for up to three months.

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