Meals made easy but which one is most cost effective?

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Comparing meal delivery plans to see which saves you money.

Perfectly pre-portioned meals are a great way to trim-up and watch your weight, but having the time and organization to get it done on a regular basis can be challenging.

Delivery services like Blue Apron send a box full of fresh food ready to be cooked by you right to your doorstep.

Eyewitness News Consumer Reporter Patricia Lopez tried Blue Apron and found it was user friendly, the recipes were easy to follow and kids loved cooking and eating the food.

She compared the competing companies Hello Fresh and Plated to Blue Apron to see which saves you the most money on your meal routine.

The Hello Fresh plan costs $9.99 per meal for two servings. A family plan, which will feed a family of four, costs $8.74 per meal.

Right now, depending on which plan you choose, it's up to 50 percent off your first delivery.

Plated works the same way. Meals are currently half-off when you sign up. The cost of two meals for two nights is $23.90, plus $7.95 for shipping.

Blue Apron has an offer right where new users get $30 off their first delivery.

Even better, get your meals for free! Have a friend who currently uses the service send you an invitation to Blue Apron. You will receive an email to get six free, two person meals.

Costco members have another way to double dip on savings. The warehouse store sells Blue Apron gift cards for $80 for $100 worth of meals.

Plus, Patricia and her kids cooked one meal from start to finish. See what they thought of the process.
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ABC13's Patricia Lopez recently tried out Blue Apron for her family's dinner. So did it work out? Watch!

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