How to Avoid Delivery App Fees?

Once you're used to getting meals on demand, delivered to your door within an hour of ordering, it's hard to imagine how you ever lived without it. The convenience that comes with food delivery services is hard to beat. However, the costs add up, and, before you know it, you may have paid far more than you expected for your week's worth of dining out at home. Don't worry, though, because there are various tricks to help you get your food fix without paying so much in fees.

Look for Coupons and Loyalty Programs

Have you ever wondered how to earn free pizza, sandwiches, or other delicious eats? Joining your favorite restaurant's loyalty program is a great way to save money on your order and rack up points toward free food in the future. Some delivery apps have their own loyalty programs or monthly memberships that let you earn discounts such as reduced service fees and free delivery.

Split the Cost

Just like getting a roommate saves you money on your rent, so getting food with friends lowers your food bill. If you're ordering with a friend, you can share the cost of delivery, the driver tip, and any service fees. Some food delivery apps and restaurant-specific apps even integrate with payment processors to streamline this process. Whether you're ordering in or picking up food on the way to somewhere else, cost-sharing is an excellent option for lowering your food-related expenses.

Try Pick-up

Some food delivery apps now have the option of choosing pick-up instead of delivery. When you pick up your own food, you may still incur a service fee, but you don't have to pay for delivery. 

Depending on why you wanted to order ahead in the first place, picking up the food yourself may be a good choice. If you plan to have someone else pick up your order for you, be sure to note that in the app if there's space to do so. After all, you don't want your half pizza half sandwich masterpiece going to waste because your designated person was turned away for not being you!

Go to the Restaurant's App Directly

The best way to find bargains and cheap pizza specials is to use the restaurant's website or native app. This works best when you already know where you want to eat. Bonus: food delivery apps often charge a higher price than what's on the restaurant's usual menu. By going directly to the restaurant's app or site to order, you avoid those upcharges, in addition to the service fee that all-in-one apps usually charge. Although you may still have to pay a delivery fee, you'll end up saving a few dollars overall.


Although you may choose not to dine out or order in every day, it's nice to have the option when you need it. The technology that allows you to have your breakfast, lunch, or dinner ready in a few clicks doesn't have to break the bank. By following the above tips, you should be able to spend less and enjoy more of your favorite meals delivered!

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