HelloFresh Is The Perfect College Student Budget-Friendly Meal Kit
It’s such a pain to live on a student budget. Much of the money goes on crucial stuff like tuition and books. Any extra penny I make goes to enjoying a few fun nights with friends — because you only go to college once, right?
Most of those hard-earned pounds went to everything other than food, so I settled for ramen, cheap pizza and grilled cheese sandwiches. But I was absolutely sick of the same unhealthy meals day after day. I miss my mum's cooking!
I was chatting with my college roommates, and we all felt the same way. We tried pooling our grocery budget and hung a rotating cooking schedule in the kitchen. We quickly ditched it because none of us could cook or find the time to learn how to cook what with our grueling class loads and assignments. Plus, don’t forget the time wasted shopping and then lugging those heavy bags back to our dorm.
Stuck without an alternative, we returned to greasy, caloric, and uninspiring food. But then I noticed a HelloFresh box outside of a friend's dorm room down the hall. It was such a lightbulb moment. We could share a meal kit!
A meal kit would be the perfect solution to our food problem and HelloFresh is the leading meal kit delivery service on the market. It will send us step-by-step recipes and all the fresh pre-portioned ingredients we need right to our dorm. No more grocery shopping? Fantastic!
We quickly signed up. They had a range of plans but the Quick Cook Plan for 4 people 5 times a week seems like the best option for us. There’d be enough HelloFresh food for everyone during the week, just what we need after a long day of classes.
The box arrived, each recipe was packed separately and clearly labeled, and the produce looked super fresh. We couldn’t wait to get cooking. My roommate Jenny took the first cooking rotation.
The HelloFresh menu features 48+ recipes that change every month with a variety of international cuisines — so we’ll never get bored. There’s always something new to create, taste and explore.
Jenny chose the Teriyaki Prawn Noodles with pak choi and refreshing salad. Firstly, this meal was completely cooked and on the table in 20 minutes — quicker than ordering our usual Hawaiian pizza. Overall, the meal was truly tasty and has just the right level of spice for all of us. It’s precisely what we need before our study sessions.
We actually shared a delicious, home-cooked meal. And Jenny — not a chef by any means — was dancing around the kitchen to Taylor Swift! The recipes are easy to follow, Jenny simply followed their detailed recipe cards with images.
Since HelloFresh meals come with pre-portioned ingredients, we no longer have to shop or search for ingredients like Ketjap Manis, Bulgur Wheat and Zhoug Style Paste — where do we even find them? The feeling was unreal — we wanted more.
Over the next few days, Mira and I took our turn putting together yummy dinners like Bacon and Cheese Linguine with creme fraiche and cherry tomatoes and the North Indian Style Beef Curry with lentils, baby spinach and rice is heavenly. I swear we’re never eating ramen or grilled cheese again.
HelloFresh has saved us. With meals starting at only €2.50 per serving, it’s sooo affordable. We simply split the cost, and save-save-save. And since their flexible subscription allows us to skip, pause or opt out anytime, we don’t have to stress about being billed while we’re off during our summer holidays.
Looking for an excellent way to eat healthier while on a tight budget, like most college students? HelloFresh is for you. Check them out and thank me later!
Update: The folks at HelloFresh are extending a special offer to all students. Follow this link to get up to €85 off your first 4 boxes!