I recently got a few coupons to sign up for meal boxes and I was very excited about the thought of having done-for-you meal plans, and groceries delivered to me monthly. As a foodie and someone looking to simplify nutrition, this felt like a golden opportunity. I mean who wouldn’t love to receive a box of fresh food items with recipes to try out every month? As simple as it sounded, I had to take a step back because I believe that consumers need to make informed decisions when it comes to products that aim to simplify nutrition for them. I didn’t sign up for the box. I’ll tell you why in a bit, but first, let’s look at a few things.

PROS:
– Meal planning is done and ingredients are prepped for you.
– Depending on the number of people in your household, it could be cheaper than eating out everyday.
– You get to try out new recipes and ingredients you may not have tried otherwise.

CONS:
– Average cost is about $10/meal so if you want a box to make dinner for a month, you’re looking at approx. $300 vs. whatever you spend on groceries for a month. You may still have to buy items for breakfast, lunch, and snacks from the store.
– You may need to adjust your palate to try out new foods.

– The environmental impact of transporting the meal box to you may be worth considering.

– You’re expected to have the cooking utensils and tools needed to prepare the foods.

I didn’t sign up for the box because I live in northern Canada where basic grocery prices are high in comparison to the rest of Canada. I love the process of planning my meals and having that done for me will take away from my experience with eating. My family is not as adventurous when it comes to trying new foods, and I wasn’t about to gamble in that aspect. Finally, a meal box doesn’t sound like a financially worthy investment at this time for my family of five. 

Obviously, these are the things that are important to me, so my advice would be that you do what works for you. Name what is important and let that guide your decision.

Do you think meal subscription service are worth it? Let me know in the comments.

 

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