Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared on The Penny Hoarder.
Let’s be honest, there’s nothing better than ordering food from your couch and having it delivered straight to your front door.
But services like Grubhub, DoorDash, and Uber Eats can cost you a pretty penny for food, especially with delivery charges.
There are a few tips and tricks for saving money when ordering from a food delivery service, so you can enjoy that Thai cuisine from the comfort of your couch with a little extra cash in your account. banking.
1. Compare different delivery services
Although the food may be the same across all food delivery services, the price may vary. Depending on the app, you may be charged different delivery costs, so it’s always worth checking out the same restaurant on a few different apps.
If this local pizzeria is on Grubhubthere is a good chance that it is also activated Uber eats. Compare the prices of popular food delivery apps in your area to find the best delivery charges and save some money on your next food delivery.
2. Choose restaurants with free delivery
On most food delivery services, restaurants can choose how much to charge for delivery. Some restaurants may choose to offer free delivery. Others may charge you a pretty penny. We’ve seen some restaurants charge over $5 for delivery.
Keep a close eye on the delivery charges a restaurant charges. If you have several options, consider choosing a restaurant that offers free delivery to its customers. Your wallet – and your stomach – will thank you in the long run.
3. Keep an eye out for coupons and promotions
Almost all food delivery services offer promotions and coupons. Sometimes you’ll find promotions listed directly in the app. Other offers require a web search. Before ordering, check to see if deals are available for a specific food delivery service or restaurant.
Often, promotions are offered in food delivery apps to try a new restaurant or order a specific combination from a restaurant. You might end up trying a new restaurant instead of an old favorite, but a little adventure can save you even more. Plus, who knows, maybe you’ll find a new favorite restaurant.
4. Invite friends and enjoy some discounts
Most food delivery apps offer the ability to refer friends and family in exchange for a discount. You send someone a referral link and then you can see a credit added to your account when they place an order. Inviting friends is a great way to share your favorite food delivery service while earning some cash yourself.
Typically, you only receive the bribe when your guests make their first purchase. It is not enough for them to simply register. The next time you share food with friends, consider having them order through your link to put some cash back in your pocket.
5. Get a delivery subscription
If you order food frequently, consider signing up for a delivery subscription. Many food delivery apps, such as DoorDash, Grubhub, and Uber Eats — now offer subscriptions to help you save money on delivery fees and get free delivery to restaurants that normally charge a fee. Some apps even offer unlimited free deliveries with a subscription.
Food delivery subscriptions cost around $10 per month and may include other benefits. For example, Grubhub+ gives you a monthly $10 credit for a pickup order, which essentially makes the subscription free.
Bonus: order directly at the restaurant
Here’s a bonus money-saving idea: skip the delivery app and call the restaurant directly. Most restaurants have to add fees — and sometimes raise food prices — to cover the cost of using the delivery service.
If you order the old-fashioned way, you may be able to get food delivered to you without the cost of a middleman. It’s also a great way to support local businesses.
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