It’s six o’clock and you haven’t even thought about putting dinner on the table yet, oops. It seems like the only options are the dusty box of pasta in the back of the pantry or fast food. But wait; what if I told you there was another option? Yes, meal subscription boxes might be the answer to your prayers that come in the form of pre-packaged food with easy to follow ingredients that can arrive on your doorstep every week. Sounds perfect, right? Well before you turn your car around and leave the golden arches of McDonalds behind let’s discusses the positives and negatives of meal subscription boxes.

Let’s start with the negatives, on paper meal subscription boxes are a blessing but in reality there are a few things you should consider before you subscribe. Using the most well-known box service, Blue Apron we see the offer of a family plan (four recipes a week with four servings each) costs $71.92 per week. No need for a double take, I know what I typed. It’s not uncommon for meal boxes to be expensive, especially if you’re getting more than one recipe per week you’ll find the price tag can add up quickly.

Another issue with these boxes is that often times they don’t have family options and are catered more towards couples. A big price tag that might not even feed your family is a huge drawback when you compare that to the ten dollars it would take to fill up your whole family at Taco Bell.

However, it’s this guilt of feeding your family at said Taco Bell that drives customers to meal subscription boxes. Moving to the positives, there’s a plethora of boxes to choose from that specialize in different things. If you classify yourself as a guilty Taco Bell parent, check out Green Chef, which offers gluten-free, vegan, paleo and vegetarian box choices at under $15 per meal, delivered up to three times per week, but unfortunately only serves two people. Maybe you don’t want a meal and want a smoothie subscription service- Green Blender offers 5 recipes and organic ingredients for 10 12-oz smoothies per week. Worried about your kids? Ayesha Curry’s Homemade Kids box is the first meal box made just for kids.

I’m not going to pretend I’m a good cook, I don’t know the difference between a tablespoon and a teaspoon and I somehow always end up burning the pre sliced cookie dough. If you’re someone like me then a meal subscription box may be just what you need, minimal effort with maximum payoff… if you don’t mind the high price tag of course.

KCC Staff