Given the current pandemic and efforts to stay home, having your food delivered through a service like Doordash is probably very tempting. However, this convenience price quickly adds up and the delivery fee doesn't help. How do you save a few dollars? Skip the Doordash website and use the restaurant's website instead.
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When you order through Doordash, you pay more than just your food. You also pay an delivery fee, a tip for your dasher (always tip your dasher, even if it's in cash), and sometimes you even pay a premium for the food. While this doesn't apply to every restaurant, some restaurants have charged higher prices for meals through Doordash than in the store.
Therefore, you should first check the restaurant website before placing your order through Doordash. Your mileage may vary, but recently we ordered Burger King, O & # 39; Charley & # 39; s, and Jersey Mike & # 39; s directly through the website and avoided shipping costs.
And here's the kicker: In many cases Doordash (or a similar service like Uber Eats) still takes care of the delivery. Most restaurants that traditionally don't offer delivery have turned to the delivery service to help. So when you order through Burger King, you're passing the hard work on Doordash. This means that you will continue to receive text notifications to know what stage your order is in and when your Dasher is coming onto your street.
In some cases, you skip the delivery fee and pay lower prices for the food itself. You save more money. Oddly enough, depending on where you live, you can pay less tax if you order directly.
Bypassing the Doordash website doesn't save you money every time. In some restaurants you cannot order the delivery directly. others only charge a fee. But enough that it's worth taking a second minute to find out if you can save money on your next meal.