According to a recent survey by Wall Street Journal, a price hike on almost every food delivery app was detected. It was primarily due to the pandemic situation coupled with many other factors.
And it’s not just you –food delivery has been the most expensive than it used to be.
The food delivery apps were no exception. MarketWatch published a sudden influx in the income of America’s top four food delivery companies.
Uber Eats, DoorDash, Grubhub, and postmates –from April to September 2020 reached a sky-high of around $5.5 billion from just $2.2 billion during the same period in 2019.
So, what can be done to mitigate the price hike on restaurant food ordering apps? Here are some tips to help you with the process.
Consider picking your order rather than ordering.
Ordering food online has always been a rampage. It’s true; you pay someone to bring your order to your door.
If the budget is tight and you’re keeping track of your expenses, consider leaving that comfort zone and driving up to the restaurant –only pay for your order and avoid delivery fees.
In most instances, you’ll end up saving more.
Make a comparison of fees of various restaurants
So, you have decided not the leave that comfy couch.
Before you order that food, research the fees charged by different restaurants.
WSJ placed identical orders from three Philadelphia restaurants using DoorDash, GrubHub, and Postmates in 2019 and 2021. Surprised to find that the prices on all orders had gone up, both in the food itself and the service fee.
Moreover, an average spends somewhere from 10mins to 40mins before placing that order. Hence, the takeaway, spend that time before ordering food.
Use on-credit loyalty points or discount codes.
You may have accrued loyalty points if you are a repeat customer who frequents several online restaurants. Use them for virtual cost deduction on your next order.