For tight budgets

With a few tweaks, Dinner Elf can be more affordable for tight budgets. For reference, see our pricing page.

Update your likes

From your likes page, choose the filter "budget" and like all recipes.

Now your suggested menus will only show budget-friendly recipes.

💡 For variety, add a few casseroles. The ingredients are more expensive, but their portion sizes are huge. 

Select family size

For the best bang-for-your-buck, select family-size dinners. 

  • They're twice the size of 2-person size dinners. 
  • Your ingredient cost will increase some, but your service fee remains the same. 
  • Even if you're not feeding a family, freeze extra food for leftovers. 
Go to your profile page.
Set your default order size to "Family".

Other money saving tips

  • Pick "complicated" mains (e.g., casseroles, pot pies) and sides that can stretch into breakfasts or lunches (e.g., muffins, pasta salads) to create an entire week of meals.
  • Supplement Dinner Elf dinners with your own "easy" items (e.g., bagged salad kits, bakery bread) to get more than three nights of dinners.
  • Even if you don't have kids, add our peanut butter sandwiches to your menu to supplement meals.
  • Share your referral code with friends to earn rewards for discounted appointments.
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