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Don’t get ripped off when you’re hangry | Savings with Sarah #11

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Your urge to get your hands on some food you don't have to make right now is costing you a small fortune.

When you're swiping through UberEats or MenuLog to cure your craving for a cheeseburger and a thickshake, the last thing you're usually thinking about is being sensible with your money.

But some people don't realise, the price you pay for an item on a delivery app is usually much higher than what you'll pay directly.

I have oddly-personal experience with this: I owned an American-style burger joint for a few years (I sold it early 2022).

Delivery platforms charged us a commission of 38.5% on every order, so we in turn put our prices up on the apps to help recover those costs.

We didn't hike it the whole amount (we added 15%), but I notice the average increase is around 30%.

Keep in mind, you'll also generally pay a delivery fee AND a service fee.

Here's an example at my local Maccas: if I order a Happy Meal directly to pick up, in person or through the app, it's $5.75.

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If I order it through UberEats, it jumps to $7.70, an increase of 33%.

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Once I add in the delivery and service fee, the Happy Meal comes to $11.69.

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Same deal at Guzman e Gomez: ordering a chicken burrito direct is $13.70. Through the delivery app it's $17.10 (exactly 25% more).

Sometimes, it's worth paying a small premium for the luxury of delivery.

But if you have the ability and energy to collect your food yourself, your bank account will be much healthier for it.

Savings with Sarah

Each Monday, our money expert Sarah Megginson shares another tip to help you save more than you spend.
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