The other day, I received an email from someone who wanted to know if she could buy or purchase the NutriSystem foods separately without having to buy or sign up as a member for the "whole plan." She had some misconceptions about how NutriSystem works and what they charge you for, but the meals are available individually, weekly, and in a variety of other ways. The plan is very flexible, but you aren't charged for the program. I will explain this more in the following article.
It Is Totally Free To "Join" NutriSystem Or To Have Access To The Plan: The person who sent me the email was under the impression that you had to buy a monthly package or pay a membership fee to have access to the counseling and resources. This is not the case. It's free to sign up for the program and once you do, you have access to all of the goodies. The site is very comprehensive, offering counseling, the mindset makeover, the food journal, the measurement log, the food tracker, and the progress chart, etc. Since you aren't paying anything for this, it makes no sense not to take advantage of it. She was going to purchase the meals individually so she still should have had all of the information and tools to ensure her success.
You Can Buy NutriSystem Foods Individually Or By The Week, Or The Month, Etc.: The company does sell the foods without requiring that you buy a plan. If you figure out the cost per meal this is more expensive of course (since you are buying in bulk with a package,) but it does give you an idea of what the foods taste like and which you may end up liking the best. Breakfast and snacks average out to be a couple of dollars. Lunches are generally 2-3 dollars. Dinners are the most expensive. Of the dinners, the "select" line cost the most, at anywhere from $5 – $6 each, but these are the "deluxe," or restaurant quality meals and many of them are worth every penny. However, they are much less expensive when you buy them as part of a package and sometimes, they are on sale.
If You're Trying To Save Money, Look At The NutriSystem Flex Line: The person who sent the email was trying to keep her cost down. This was the reason that she wanted to go for the individual meals. I told her to take a look at the flex package. This part time plan offers you meals for twenty days (rather than for the whole month) and it only costs around $230 for five meals for twenty days. This is a lot of food but by buying in bulk, you are bringing the cost per meal way down. (Although I do have to say that at some times during the year, the regular programs and even the select frozen food line are not much more than this. You can check out the current nutrisystem specials here.)
The best, cheapest way to purchase your food is going to depend on how many days you will be trying. If you are only going to buy enough for a day or two, then an individual or "a la carte" order can make sense, but if you are going to be sampling this plan for more than a couple of weeks, you should check out some of the generous coupons available or the flex plan.
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