Meal Kits Are Basically a Terrible Deal for Anyone Who’s a Vegetarian

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Meal kits don’t necessarily save you money in the long run, but they do save you time, which could be just as valuable.

But what if you’re a vegetarian? You may think you’d end up saving some money compared to your carnivorous friends, but that might not be the case.

According to a Time MONEY study, if you want to get the best value ordering meal kits, you might want to think twice about that vegetarian meal.

Vegetarian Meal Kits Don’t Save You Money

MONEY tested six of the most popular meal kits to determine which one provided the best value. The meal kits were from Blue Apron, Green Chef, Martha & Marley Spoon, Plated and Sun Basket.

All six meal kits allow customers to pick between meat and vegetarian meals. Taking a closer look, though, MONEY found the meal kit companies didn’t adjust their prices to compensate for the lack of meat in the vegetarian kits.

The article cites a study by the Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition that found that vegetarians typically save a minimum of $750 on food compared to people who eat meat.

When it comes to meal kits, though, there are no savings. MONEY reports consumers pay about the same amount ($10 to $15 per person) for a meal kit regardless of whether it includes meat.

So, if you’ve been trying to hack the system by ordering vegetarian kits and adding your own discounted meat at home, you’re not helping yourself any. And if you’re a vegetarian, you might want to think again before ordering meal kits.

Kelly Smith is a junior writer and engagement specialist at The Penny Hoarder. Catch her on Twitter at @keywordkelly.