We all want to save money on food.
And what you are about to read may seem like wasting money on the surface, but for some people, it actually can be a great way to save some money on food by helping them eliminate food waste (throwing small amounts of produce and ingredients every day/week in the garbage adds up.)
Plated, a food delivery service that sends you fresh ingredients along with the recipe for each meal, is offering a free trial and 4 free plates to new members.
Although the trial is free, you do have to pay a $20 shipping fee for the 4 free meals. But even with that, it still is a great deal. You are basically paying $5 per meal. A proper meal even at McDonald’s costs more than that.
You can get the free trial and 4 free plates by signing up on Plated’s site.
Update: Seems like Plated is no longer offering the 4Free Meal trial, however, they do have other offers from time to time, so keep an eye out for new offers.
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What’s Plated & How It Works?
If you like food delivery services, you are going to love Plated. This is not your typical food delivery company.
Food delivery services have been around for a while. There are companies who deliver grocery, pet food, steaks, and so on.
We also have the new trend of diet food companies that send you food that will help you lose weight.
But Plated doesn’t belong to any of these categories.
Every week, you will have the option of choosing 7 chef-designed recipes.
The dishes include:
- 3 unique vegetarian dishes
- 4 healthy meat & fish options
You pick the ones you want, enter your zip code to see which days are available for delivery in your area. The reason they do this is because the get the fresh ingredients from local vendors.
When the box arrives, it has all the fresh ingredients already measured out for you, plus step-by-step recipe cards for each of the meals.
It can’t get any easier than this!
Each meal will cost you around $10.
There are a few great benefits here…
First, the food kit is delivered straight to your door. So, you won’t have to waste time and gas going to the grocery store.
The second benefit is the fact that by using this service, you are eliminating the issue of brown and soupy produce in your fridge.
It happens to all of us…
You buy a lettuce head, use half of it for salad and keep the other half in the fridge for later use. By the time that “later use” comes around, the lettuce is all brown and rotten.
By using a service like Plated you no longer have to waste money like that – they send you the exact amount of ingredients you need for that particular meal. That alone could save you hundreds of dollars every year.
The other benefit comes from the fact that you are literally forced to get adventurous in the kitchen. Since they send you the ingredients and the recipe, you can cook anything you want without wasting time trying to figure out what you need and what you don’t.
It’s all there, ready and pre-portioned for you.
I am sure this is not for everyone.
But if you are short on time, want to try new recipes without wasting time going to the grocery store trying to find all the ingredients you need, tired of throwing away food that you never got the chance to use because you bought too much of, this may be a good option.
If you want to try their service, visit this page to get the free trial, plus 4 free plates.
If you like it, keep your subscription, if not, cancel the trial.
Either way, enjoy your 4 free meals.
Are you thinking about trying it, Carey?