After years of suffering through the notorious traffic and parking restrictions of Los Angeles county, in southern California, I moved to a small city on the east coast to preserve my sanity and prolong my life. So imagine my chagrin when I opened the newspaper after five years of free parking bliss, to learn they had installed parking meters downtown. I clutched my pearls. Images of being followed by the Los Angeles meter maids who preyed on motorist like vultures banged against my temples and I felt my blood pressure rise. Thoughts of hitting my favorite spots downtown for brunch, driving over to another street to eat from a popular food truck, or meeting a client for a quick lunch would be hindered by having to feed the meter each time I moved, or risk getting a ticket. As I lamented the new changes over dinner and drinks on the patio of a friend’s house, she casually mentioned she had eliminated 15% of her food foraging driving by signing up for a Hello Fresh subscription. She said other than shopping the farmer’s market on Saturdays when the meters were inactive, she rarely met anyone for food before 7pm. When she said we were eating a Hello Fresh meal at that moment, a light went off in my head.
The meal we were eating was fresh and delicious. It was a meal I would have paid twice what she told me it cost, and the box held enough food to feed four people. Best of all, I was sitting on her back patio, without my shoes, without my shirt and still got service. She said that the wine we were drinking came from the Hello Fresh Wine Club, too. I couldn’t ask questions fast enough. One thing she stressed was using a Groupon to get a discount on my subscription, and I did. I used a code that saved me $40 off my first box and $20 off the second. I love that I can tailor my meals to my dietary restrictions, start, pause or cancel my subscription without being roped into a life-long commitment, and they offer generous portions of locally sourced ingredients. They even have a 15% student discount on the Groupon site. They show you step by easy-to-follow-step how to prepare and plate the meal, so you don’t have to feel intimidated by trying something new.
There’s nothing I can do about the parking meters, and I still enjoy going downtown. But at the end of the day, I’m really glad I found out about the services offered by Hello Fresh, and the money I can save by using Groupon.