I am a very savvy deal-seeker and daily search for ways to make shopping more budget-friendly for my family. It was no different when we joined Nutrisystem. I sought out to find every possible way to save money on the program. With a little diligence, Nutrisystem can easily fit into your budget and most likely be even cheaper than your current regular monthly food budget. No, I am not just blowing smoke, I practice what I preach and currently have our food budget down to about half of what we were spending on average in 2013. Here are eight tips to help you pay a discounted price for Nutrisystem:
1. Join the Nutrisystem free online community.
This is not an instant way to save money, if you sign up for the community then special deals will periodically be emailed to you. You must be patient after you sign up, and be willing to wait for a special promotion that you cannot refuse.
2. Find out if your health insurance offers a Nutrisystem discount.
We have Blue Cross & Blue Shield of North Carolina and receive 12% off each 28-day auto delivery order. Contact Nutrisystem at 1-800-435-4074 to see if your health insurance participates. Ask the following question, “I need to find out if I qualify for a discount through my health insurance” and they will direct you through the proper channels.
3. Locate a $30 Nutrisystem referral discount.
Anyone who is currently using Nutrisystem online can send you a referral promo email for $30 off your first purchase. It won’t hurt my feelings if you don’t ask me 🙂 though if you want follow this link (link updated 10/11/20), comment below or send me your email address here I will promptly get you signed up for the $30 off!
As of 1/1/17, Ebates does participate, they did not for many years! The percent of cash back that each site offers fluctuates, so shop around to find the best rate. I believe they all only offer cash back on your first purchase, and do not apply to recurring auto-delivery orders. I received $54.00 back from my first order using Mr. Rebates.
5. Join Costco.
There will be an up-front fee, currently their membership rate is $55. Costco sells $100 gift cards for $79.99, and twice a year they go on deeper discount for $50 apiece. Here is a little quick math. Jeff and I spend roughly $600 on Nutrisystem a month. This is what my first order from costco.com looked like:
Costco Gold Star Membership = $55
(6) $100 Nutrisystem gift cards = $479.94
First Order Total = $534.94
On my very first order, I saved $65.06 off the retail value of Nutrisystem food. Next order, I will not have to pay the $55 membership fee, so my savings will be $120.06 off the retail value of Nutrisystem food. Not bad at all. Again, keep an eye out for the $50 Nutrisystem gift card sale at Costco for deeper savings.
6. After you join.
Nutrisystem offers a “50 Clicks Reward” promotion for VIP members. If you visit their Daily Dose page and click a special image on the page on 50 separate days, then they will email you a $10 off coupon code. To remember to visit the site and click for 50 days is not worth it to me for $10, though free money is free money!
A few off the beaten path suggestions:
7. Are you a blogger?
Sign up for the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program to receive free food in exchange for weekly blog posts. You must qualify for this program, and I do not know what their requirements consist of. Email Nutrisystem here to find out how to join: firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: To date, they have not emailed me back – will update this if I hear back!
If you do not get chosen to join the #nsnation Blogger Program, blog about your Nutrisystem journey anyway! Offer ample opportunities for readers to use your $30 referral discount, each $30 you earn in return will decrease the amount you pay for your Nutrisystem!
8. Utilize Costco, Walmart & eBay
- Cosco offers a discount on Nutrisystem food (I do not know how good the discount is, I have only shopped online and never in the store).
- Walmart sells 5-day packs of food around $45.00 depending on where you buy if you want to sample Nutrisystem without taking the pocketbook plunge. They also sell separate bars, muffins, shakes, etc. for less than you can buy them for from Nutrisystem.
- You can score some sweet discounts on eBay by scouring the multitude of auctions and buy-it-now listings. Nutrisystem was recently sold out of their protein shakes at $12.00 a box, I won an auction for a brand new box of chocolate shakes for $6.49. eBay is totally worth it if you have the time and/or willpower to devote to finding a deal. NOTE: Many of the items being sold are expired or close to it, don’t be afraid to ask the sellers what the expiration dates on the food are!
If you apply one, a few, or all of these suggestions – you will save money off of the retail value of Nutrisystem meal plans. Losing weight AND saving money? Count me in! I would love to hear if you have any other ideas or tips to save money on Nutrisystem!
Have a blessed day and thank you for reading!