Tired of spending hours meal planning and grocery shopping every week? If so, you've probably explored HelloFresh's meal kit as a solution.

HelloFresh can help take the stress out of meal time by delivering fresh, pre-measured ingredients right to your door.

But what if I told you that you could get your first HelloFresh box for free? Even better, though, what if they actually paid you to eat their meals?

In this article, I'll show you how to get a free HelloFresh box and, if you’re lucky, even get paid to eat their meal kit.

Sounds too good to be true, right? It’s not…

An Overview Of How This Works

If you’re unaware, HelloFresh offers new customers coupon codes with deep discounts for their first order. These coupon codes can range from 50% all the way to 75%+ off.

While this does make for significant savings, it’s not free. That’s where cash back sites come in.

You may have heard of these cash back programs before. If not, they work by giving you cash back on purchases you make from brands that work with them (as a means of promoting their business). It’s similar to how a cash back credit card works—you make a purchase and you receive a percentage back.

However, instead of getting a percentage back on each purchase, these cash back apps and websites give you a dollar amount back. That's the key to getting a box for free.

If you “stack” a HelloFresh coupon while using a cash back program, you’ll receive money back for making your purchase—effectively making your purchase free of charge. Even better though, in some cases, you’ll get more cash back than what you paid, meaning you will literally make money by ordering HelloFresh.

Be sure to keep reading because I’m going to teach you the exact process to do this.

The Cash Back Apps & Sites To Use

Below you’ll find some of the best cash back websites to sign up for. You don’t have to sign-up for all of them. Just find the one that is currently offering the most amount of cash back off for a first-time HelloFresh order and sign-up for it.

Rakuten (This Link Gives You A $30 Credit)

Rakuten HelloFresh Cash Back
Rakuten - HelloFresh $20 Cash Back (As Of January 2023)

This is one of the most popular cash back sites out there. They’re also one of the few out there that sends checks or direct deposit (via PayPal). Most others will give you gift cards.

Capital One Shopping

Capital One Shopping HelloFresh Cash Back
Capital One Shopping - HelloFresh $35 Cash Back (As Of January 2023)

Capital One Shopping works similar to Rakuten in that they will give you cash back for your HelloFresh. The cash back you receive from Capital One Shopping can only be redeemed for gift cards. They have some good offers, though. For example, I’ve used it to get a gift card to pay my cell phone bill.

Honey

Honey Cash Back Points For HelloFresh
Honey - 120 to 300 Cash Back Points For HelloFresh

Honey works the same as Rakuten and Capital One Shopping but the way that they structure their rewards is a bit differently. Sometimes they offer straight cash back but sometimes they offer points, which can be redeemed for gift cards. They offer less gift cards than Capital One but to bigger stores like Amazon and Walmart. Here’s more info.

Here’s How The Whole Process Works…

Free HelloFresh Box Process
Free HelloFresh Box At Checkout
  1. Sign-up for the cash back program above that will give you the most amount of money back. Be sure to install their browser extension. This is key for activating the cash back offer when you’re checking out.
  2. Click this link, which will automatically open HelloFresh.com and activate the coupon code with the biggest discount. As an FYI, that link is our affiliate link so foodboxhq.com will make a small commission when you checkout (at no cost to you).
  3. On HelloFresh.com select the plan you want and be sure to select the 2-person, 2-recipe plan (it’s likely the only plan that will be 100% free with this method).
  4. When checking out, the cash back app should pop-up in your browser and offer a cash back promotion. Make sure to click “activate”!
  5. Finish the checkout process.

Once you’ve finished checking out, go to your account on the cash back site you used and check your purchases to make sure that it was logged on their end. It will take at least a few days for it to be processed and up to 1-3 months for them to send you your cash back payment.

Final Thoughts

If you haven’t realized it yet, you can also use this same method for any other meal kit that offers big discounts and is listed as a cash back promotion on the sites listed above. Be sure to check out our coupons and discounts page to find the best deal before you checkout, though.

Have a question about how this works? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

Dan Scalco

Over the past 6 years I've unboxed and reviewed hundreds of different meal kits, food delivery services, snack boxes, and more. I created Food Box HQ as a way to share all of my experiences.