Are Meal Kits More Expensive Than Groceries?

Are meal kits more expensive than groceries


We already know that Meal kits are way more convenient for a few reasons, but are they a good deal?

How do meal-kits actually compare to your spend on groceries bought at the supermarket?

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’d know we often cook with the Daily Dish. We love everything about their service – the convenience, the fresh ingredients as well as the recipes!

But is it really more value for money than buying groceries? 

This is the question I often get asked by readers! 

And that is exactly what the Daily Dish has asked me to test.

A Rand-To-Rand Comparison

The Daily Dish has challenged me to do a rand-to-rand comparison between the cost of their family box meal kit versus purchasing all of the ingredients needed to cook the exact same meals. 

I’m actually so excited about the challenge they have given me because this will finally help me answer the question that everyone asks me when cooking with the Daily Dish – Is it really worth it? 

So this week, I will be cooking up the meals with the box of ingredients that will be delivered to our home today. And then the following week, I will be purchasing ingredients needed to make the exact same meals the following week!

During the course of the next 2 weeks, I invite you to my kitchen (via social media of course) where we can chat about all things cooking and convenience!

Kurt and the kids are usually the ones cooking up a storm during the week, but I’m going to use the challenge as an opportunity to get more involved.

Are meal kits more expensive than groceries

And at the end of the challenge, I’ll be sharing my findings! 

But before I start cooking… if you not sure about what exactly a meal kit provides you with, here’s a quick summary of what the Daily Dish has to offer:

  • The Daily Dish delivers a box containing recipes and ingredients for 4 dinners on a Monday.
  • There are 5 different food menu options (catering for 1, 2 or 4 people) including pork-free, banting and vegan.
  • They have a Wine Box service too!
  • The Daily Dish delivers to the most provinces and areas in SA. Check here to see if they deliver to your area.
  • You can pause, resume or switch subscription from week to week.
  • The Daily Dish is part of the Fairview family – so they get their food directly from the Fairview farm and other local fresh produce and free-range farms

So, I’m really excited to get cooking!

Plus – if you follow along the challenge, there may just be something in store for you!

Stay tuned!



Disclaimer: This post was done in collaboration with DailyDish but the views expressed in this post are my own.


  1. Kirsty May 12, 2018

    Love this!! Will be following in the following weeks.

  2. […] you haven’t read my first post posing this question – then please read it first so that you’ll have the full […]

  3. Lorna thornton May 23, 2018

    Would like to follow

  4. […] with the Daily Dish, I found the ingredients to be of seriously high […]

  5. […] Basically these meal kits work hand in hand with meal planning that I’m always endorsing. As a busy mom myself, I’m always looking to save time and make my life easier! But, with everything there is a cost. And I’m sure you’re wondering about the price. Hayley did a comparison in the prices to check if it worked more or less expensive to make use of a Daily Dish Meal kit or purchase the groceries yourself. You can read the results here. […]


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