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If a new meal delivery service seems to pop up every other week, you’re not alone. With so many options available, it can be hard to keep up—and even harder to weigh the cost per service against the quality of ingredients and diversity of menu options. 

To eliminate some guesswork, we’ll explore the hidden costs that can impact your bottom line when shopping for budget-friendly meal delivery services.


With meal kits starting at only $4.99 per serving and flat-rate shipping of $9.99 no matter where you live (as long as you order every week), EveryPlate wins big for cost-efficiency. We also like that you can pick from 21 unique recipes each week. However, this budget-friendly meal delivery option falls short in several key areas.

EveryPlate is a meal kit delivery service, meaning they send you a recipe card and all the necessary ingredients, but you must cook it yourself. If you’re looking for vegan, keto, and paleo options, you may be disappointed, as options are limited. 

Hello Fresh

HelloFresh meals start at $9.99 per person, per meal—plus shipping, which is $10.99 per box. They offer a nice variety of meals, mix-and-match options, special monthly menus, and the option to swap sides or meats with some meals. The downside is that, like EveryPlate, you must do all of the cooking. Keto, paleo, and vegan enthusiasts will also be disappointed as options are limited.


At only $5.49 per serving, Dinnerly wins big for cost-efficiency. However, it’s important to note that there is an $11.99 shipping fee. Beyond cost, we also like that many meals require no more than five steps to prepare and can be on the table in less than 30 minutes. The downside? You still have to cook, there are few organic options, and the selection is limited compared to other meal delivery services.

Purple Carrot 

Purple Carrot is a meal delivery service that caters exclusively to vegans. They also offer both meal kits and prepared meals. For their meal kit service, each serving costs $13.25, with a minimum order of three meals per week for two people.

Purple Carrot is worth considering if you prefer the convenience of prepared meals. Their prepared meals begin at $13.00 per serving, but you must order at least six meals per week. On a positive note, this meal delivery service does allow you to cancel or pause your subscription at any time. 

Fit Meals 

At Fit Meals, we focus on giving customers the most bang for their buck. Plus, we take a completely different approach to meal delivery services. Our meals:

  • Arrive at your home prepped, and only take five minutes to heat
  • Begin at under $10
  • Are vacuum-sealed and kept in the fridge for up to seven days
  • Are curated around your lifestyle, diet, and tastes. Whether you are keto, paleo, or simply trying to lose weight, we offer a wide variety of choices
  • Accommodate all meals, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert!

Elevate Your Meal Game with Fit Meals Prep

Whether you’re following a keto or paleo diet, looking to lose weight, or simply wanting to mix things up in the kitchen, Fit Meals Prep has you covered. And with prices starting at under $10 per meal, you can save time and money without sacrificing quality. Start a weekly meal subscription to save up to 10%!