How I Saved Money and Time Cooking at Home
by Madi M.
Posted on Friday, June 16, 2017
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Are you stuck in a food rut? Always eating out or cooking the same dishes? Spending waaaaaay too much on your food bill? I was. But, not anymore...
I used to feel too busy to grocery shop and prepare my own meals. And, when I would cook, dishes were uninspired at best. So, I would order out A LOT.
I could easily spend $15 or more on a meal after tax, delivery, and a tip. And, choosing a restaurant and sorting through the same menus over-and-over became a drag.
One day, I compared my takeout to a co-worker’s home made lunch. My jaw dropped when I saw how much better her lunch looked. She had fresh lettuce wraps filled with sweet chili chicken covered in fresh veggies.
I told her I could never make something like that. She just laughed and said “me neither” before telling me her lunch was actually from Marley Spoon meal delivery and cost under $10.
She explained how she had signed up a few months back with no real cooking skills after hearing about it from Martha Stewart. Now, she’s getting fresh ingredients delivered to her door each week along with easy-to-follow recipes.
Oh yeah… did I mention that Marley Spoon has teamed up with Martha Stewart. How cool, right?
It was like a lightbulb went off in my head.
Feeling inspired, I decided to give it a shot. At the very least, I’d get a chance to try some new foods, probably save some money, and maybe even learn how to cook a few things.
Subscribing was super simple. I selected a 3 meals per week for 2 people for a total cost of just $61.50 per week – or $10.25 a meal. (My first week even included with a $30 coupon, which brought the cost of 6 meals down to $31.50 – or $5.25 per meal to start).
Marley Spoon makes it easy to set up a delivery that works for you. They let me choose me choose between their standard box or a vegetarian option and pick what day I wanted ingredients and recipes delivered (I choose Tuesdays to make cooking part of my weekday routine).
Just a few days after placing my order, my first shipment arrived. It came complete with pre-measure ingredients and simple recipes. Perishable ingredients came in a refrigerated bag, which kept things fresh for up to 30 hours.
Check out what came in my Marley Spoon box:
Honestly, I didn’t get my first couple meals picture-perfect. I made a few mistakes along the way. The prepping, cutting, chopping, and carefully reading the step-by-step recipes probably took me beyond the 30-minute meal mark for the first few weeks. But, I got better.
I’ve been a member for nearly a year. I can follow all the instructions with ease – and am confident enough in the kitchen to add my own spin to their recipes and use the techniques I learn in my own cooking. I even increased the number of meals I’m getting each week from 3 to 5 because I love it so much.
I can honestly say that it made me a better chef and changed the way I eat!
I recommend Marley Spoon to all my friends that want to save time and money shopping for food, try new things, learn new skills in the kitchen, and get out of a food rut.
Ready to give it a try? If you’re anything like me you’ll be happy you did. Visit Marley Spoon and get started today!