Post # 1
So, I am wondering how much you ladies would be willing to pay for this service (Theoretically). If someone were to prepare meals for you and deliver them to your house once a week. We are talking 1-2 meals a day that could be frozen and reheated. Healthy meals. The delivery would only be 5 miles or less. We are thinking about doing this for a friend in need of loosing weight since I studied Nutrition(and currently teach and blog Nutrition) and my fiance is a chef. Perfect mix, right?!!
We have done dinner parties, etc. But I never considered this until now. I have no idea how much someone would charge for this service. Any ideas? Weekly price point? The person wanting the service would pay for the groceries and gas. Just wondering how much you think it would cost for the meal preparation. Let’s just estimate 1 hour a day plus 1 shopping trip a week.
Post # 3
@RoyalPurpleBride: hmm idk I probably couldn’t afford such a service–Nutrisystem is about 500 a month and all of their stuff is super processed and mass produced
Post # 4
I think you’re going to get a lot of variation in price since this is really very regional. You can always find out what personal chefs in your area charge and go from there. I know that around here they charge $15-30 per serving (including groceries though).
Post # 5
$0 since I don’t agree with a lot of the stances nutritionists take, I know a lot about culinary arts (worked in a high end restaurants), and I like to cook. I’m guessing I’m not the demographic you would be targeting.
Post # 6
@sylvia.riggle: Thanks for the price info related to Nutri system. I wouldnt eat that food either though…
@Ms. Martian: Thanks, this is kind of what I was looking for. I figure he would pay us weekly though. Its just hard to imagine what to charge. Since we are personally cooking the meals.
@les105: I hear you, I don’t agree with alot of stances that Nutritionist take either. My fiance and I really believe in natural, whole foods. I don’t believe in a lot of the things they teach at dietetics programs, which is why I am not a dietician. I did study Nutrition and I have a bachelor of Science. but I do a lot of my own personal research beyond school. Many dieticians will tell people it is ok to eat processed foods and low fat processed foods as long as they are under a certain amount of calories… including diet cokes. I don’t believe that. We focus on whole foods and non processed foods. But, I could go on for days on Nutrition… sorry!
I am just mainly looking on how much this kind of service would be worth for a week. Even thought it may not be something you would personally do!!! Thanks for the input!!
Post # 7
@RoyalPurpleBride: If I were working, and making a good wage, and IF the person’s nutrition aligned with mine, I would probably be willing to pay no more than $10 per person, per meal. Any more than that, and I could afford to go out to eat. Hope This Helps & good luck 🙂
Post # 8
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@RoyalPurpleBride: That’s really great of you guys to consider it! I would probably estimate the cost of groceries, and estimate a cost for my time. For example, if a week of food costs are $100, and I believe it would take about an hour a day to plan, buy, cook, prepare and deliver the meals at $25/hour, you would be looking at about $275, or $300 if you wanted to round and give yourself some cushion for groceries, gas, etc. The cost would be higher or lower depending on what decide is a fair hourly cost, and how many hours in reality it would take. I hope that helps!
Post # 9
I have no advice for you, but just a compliment that this is super sweet of you and your Fiance to do for that friend. I wish you guys lived close to me!! 😛
Post # 10
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@RoyalPurpleBride: If that cost is too much, another idea would be to prepare carefully planned meal plans and shopping lists for your friend, and just charge the cost of the hours you spend each week (i.e. at $25/hour, if you think it would cost 2 hours, you would ask for $50 per week, which would be about $3.50 per meal, as opposed to the $20 or so that I proposed in my plan above (based on 14 meals per week).
Post # 11
There are services in my area that range from $10-25/person per meal depending on the ingredients and the plan you choose.
Please keep in mind if you’re thinking of doing this as a business you’d need all the appropriate licenses including a certificate from the local department of health. Often that means getting industrial-grade refrigeration and freezers, and those puppies are not cheap. A small under-line reach-in fridge is about $20k.
Post # 12
One variable that I would consider is how much choice I’d have in the meals. Are you letting your friend “order” anything, choose from a list or do you get to choose?
Also, does your friend have any allergies? Or problematic food choices?
How many servings will you be making per meal?
So many factors…
Post # 13
People get paid for this? Man, my Darling Husband is totally giving me the shaft.
Post # 14
Not much. I cook for myself. Maybe if it had variety and I wanted to replace my going to resturaunts with this service (which I enjoy going out so I don’t know that I would) maybe 10.00 per meal so 30.00 a week at the most.
Post # 15
Look around, depending on where you are you might find there are a lot of options.
In my city…
You can have Chefs cook meals for you – A service cook meals for you and Deliver them – or go to places where you can do “some of the prep yourself” and take them home (these last places do all the time consuming stuff… grocery shopping, vegetable cleaning, chopping, organizing ingredients etc… you just choose the recipe / food item you want to make and throw it together… they even provide the take out containers to take the food home in and put into your freezer in whatever combo you want… ie meal quantity for 1, 2, 3 etc)
Delivered or Made Meals = Dinner By Design
Meals You Make = Supperworks
As someone else said the pricing will be regionally based, whatever the market will bear. Generally speaking though the way I’ve listed them is most Expensive to Cheapest.
Hope this helps,
Post # 16
I would not pay anyone to cook but I would pay somoene to clean my house in a heartbeat. lol