How to Eat Out & Takeaway on the Cheap

It can be hard to make the time to eat well, especially when working remotely. Without a corporate kitchen or a conveniently located office you are on your own, but that doesn’t mean you have to cook for yourself. Fortunately there have never been more cooking solutions available than exist today. There exists a wide range of meal preparation, ordering and delivering services available to consumers today. Whether you want ingredients delivered to your door or a meal waiting a few blocks away, you can design a food system to fit your life.

Ordering Services

There is an entire market dedicated to food ordering solutions. Restaurant Menu and Delivery mobile apps like Grubhub, Seamless and Uber Eats contact a third party employee who relays your order to the restaurant and tell you as your meal comes together. Delivery and Pickup are both available options, with delivery usually incurring an additional fee. These services are usually the same or similarly priced to buying through the restaurant directly in a fraction of the time and effort.

The past decade has also seen another kind of delivery service come to prominence, grocery store deliveries. On a store by store basis, grocers like ShopRite are offering remote sale and delivery. Through these services you can have fresh, frozen or even ready made food delivered to your door or held for you at the store of your convenience. Even online commerce giant Amazon has recently launched an automation-assisted grocery store pilot program, delivering food and home goods direct to consumers’ doors in select cities nationwide.

Minimizing Costs

As nice as it can be to have your food prepared for you, it’s also an easy way to overspend. Some research and creative thinking can go a long way in keeping costs down, however. When looking at restaurants, consider choosing the absolute cheapest and working your way up until you’ve developed a comfortable list. Consider ordering several smaller plates over larger entrees when browsing menus. Choosing to pick up orders from closer restaurants instead of paying for delivery and tip is a good way to save a little money for your time. For those with a little extra time, it might suit you to mix and match delivery and home prep. Maybe prepare a large enough salad that you can eat it for several days while ordering your protein from a restaurant.

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Meredith Weisser

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