Recently, the market has become swamped with meal delivery services. Most claim to make your life easier and healthier. However, before committing to any plan, there are a number of steps you should take to ensure that you get what you pay for.
The first thing you need to do is figure out your priorities before you start shopping around. For example, if you’re a picky eater or enjoy more standard American-style or comfort foods, look for options that will fit your tastes. In addition, if you follow a specific diet, be sure that the service you plan on using offers meals for it. Many offer selections that are vegetarian, gluten or dairy free. In addition, many give you a bunch of different menu choices to select from each week. Finally, find out if you can add items, like dessert or the like. Just be prepared to pay more for them.
The next step in choosing healthy meal delivery is calculating the true costs. You need to stick to the same budget you do at the grocery store. While the prices of the weekly subscriptions may look less expensive, many times they’re only delivering three meals per week and these meals do not generally provide enough food for leftovers. Therefore, you may still need to purchase other food and snack items at the grocery store.
Finally, decide how much, if any, cooking you are able and willing to do. When reviewing companies that offer healthy prepared meals, be sure to check the options that are available. For example, if you love cooking and experimenting with new techniques, you would probably prefer a company that will send meals that are more intricate to make, as these meals may be more fun to prepare and you may learn some new cooking skills. On the other hand, some companies offer prepared meals that require little to no preparation and only need to be reheated or assembled. This is great for someone not interested or comfortable with cooking.
Another thing to look out for is businesses that require big upfront payments. Weekly or monthly payments help to limit your exposure if the business experiences financial difficulties and/or if their services fail to meet your expectations. Also, be sure to read the business agreement in full and make sure you understand the terms before signing up. Pay close attention to refund policies, cancellation of service policies, and automatic fee withdrawal policies. Ask about what happens if you move or the company goes out of business and if your meal plan renews automatically at the end of the term. Additionally, you need to know if you can get out of the contract altogether and under what circumstances.
Finally, check bbb.org and social media in order to read what current and previous customers have to say. You should also look to see how the businesses you are interested in respond to complaints. Then, select a business with a track record that is worthy of your support.