Surprisingly, the most popular article on Money Under 30 so far this year isn’t about paying off student loans, buying a home, or building better credit. No, our article comparing meal delivery services like Home Chef, Blue Apron and Hello Fresh has consistently gotten more daily pageviews than any other single article over the last several months.

On second though, perhaps it’s not that surprising. These services are relatively new to the market, so people want to learn more before they buy. More importantly, meal delivery services provide two things young people with disposable income don’t mind spending money on:

  • Good food
  • A pleasant experience (cooking the meals)

My question today: Are meal delivery kits purely a luxury, or can meal kits save you enough time—if not money—to be a justifiable regular expense?

How much do meal delivery services cost?

Ordering three meal kits for two people from a meal delivery service like Home Chef costs roughly $60 a week, or $10 per serving. You can, of course, spend more, but don’t expect to find anything much cheaper.

At $60 a week, meal kits cost less than dining anywhere but a fast food joint, but certainly more than the per-plate cost of a fully home-cooked meal. If you shop frugally and diligently eat your leftovers, you’re probably eating for a LOT less than $10 a serving.

For a more in-depth look at meal delivery vs. grocery shopping, here’s a handy video.