ICYDK: You Can Skip the Doordash Supply Charge by Skipping the Doordash Web site

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With the present pandemic and efforts to remain at residence, it’s most likely very tempting to have your meals delivered via a service like Doordash. However that value of comfort provides up shortly, and the supply payment doesn’t assist. How do you save a couple of dollars? Skip Doordash’s web site, and use the restaurant’s as a substitute.

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Once you order via Doordash, you pay for extra than simply your meals. You’ll additionally pay a supply payment, a tip your Dasher (at all times tip your Dasher, even when it’s in money), and generally you’ll even pay a premium on the meals. Whereas it’s not true for each restaurant, some eating places have greater costs on meals via Doordash than they cost in-store.

Doordash order breakdown vs. Burger King's with BK being cheaper.
Doordash on the left, Burger King on the best. The identical meals and similar tip, but Burger King will cost $6 much less.

And that’s why earlier than you place your order via Doordash, it is best to verify the restaurant’s web site first. Your mileage might range, however just lately we ordered Burger King, O’Charley’s, and Jersey Mike’s immediately via the web site and averted supply charges.

And right here’s the kicker: in lots of instances, Doordash (or the same service like Uber Eats) nonetheless handles the supply. Most eating places that historically don’t supply supply have turned to supply providers to assist. So, while you order via Burger King, they go on the onerous work to Doordash. Meaning you’ll nonetheless get textual content notifications to replace you on what stage your order is at and when your Dasher hits your road.

In some instances, you’ll skip the supply payment and pay decrease costs for the meals itself, saving you extra money. Oddly, relying on the place you reside, it’s possible you’ll pay much less tax by ordering direct as properly.

Bypassing Doordash’s web site gained’t prevent cash each time. Some eating places don’t allow you to order supply immediately; others do however cost a payment. However sufficient do this it’s value taking a minute two to search out out if it can save you cash in your subsequent meal.

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