Recently, I wrote an article about how much money I have spent this month so far on UberEats. I was shocked by the numbers and I’ve become more conscious to change this daily habit. After putting some thought into, and applying my own experience, I have come up with a list of 5 different ways to break that habit of ordering delivery!
- Delete the delivery apps from your mobile device: This is probably the best place to start. It’s something you can do right now! Having to take those extra steps to reinstall the app will give you a minute or two to really think about what you’re about to do. Do you really need this? I remember mindlessly ordering many, many times. Not having the app available suddenly makes this whole process a little less convenient.
- Delete your credit card info from your mobile apps: Again, goes without saying, having to re-enter your card info every time you order delivery is that extra, inconvenient step that may be exactly what keeps you from ordering.
- Meal prep: I’m sure for the majority, ordering delivery is simply for convenience. Long day at work? Just go ahead and order. There is minimum effort required on your part when you do so. However, think about this. You can cook just once a week, and that one time you can prepare all of your meals for the week. If anything, it will require a few extra minutes of your time, but that is only one day a week. Knowing you have a meal already prepared that you just have to pop in the microwave makes it much easier to stay away from ordering.
- Spend more time out: I can already guarantee, if you are already out for the day, you’ll find yourself less likely to order delivery. Even if you still want take out, chances are you will place your order for pickup. This is something that most people may barely even notice. This will still result in you spending money, but you will avoid those delivery service fees, along with the inflated prices of items being offered on those apps.
- When food shopping, prepare your list and be realistic: Buy things you actually enjoy and know you will eat. If most of your meals for the week aren’t planned out, you may find yourself purchasing a bunch of random groceries, with no actual meal to turn it into. That may result in you placing a quick delivery order, instead.
This list here was just a few ways I have personally tried to keep myself away from ordering so much. I have definitely noticed my ordering decreasing, which results in a increase of savings. There are plenty of other ways to achieve this. Another recommendation is to track all of your delivery spending. Actually write those numbers down and add them up. As I mentioned in my post about how much money I spent with UberEats in the past month, I had written all of my purchases down on a little calendar. Seeing those numbers really brought this to life for me, and I faced the realization that I was spending way too much!
I hope these tips are useful to you! Do you have any special tips on how to reduce your ordering of delivery? I’d love to hear yours!