7 Ways to Optimize Your Food Delivery Order

By Brittany Loeffler on May 3, 2018

As a college student, you probably order food delivery pretty often. With classes, assignments, and extracurricular activities, it can be hard to find time to cook yourself a homemade meal, especially during finals week. Ordering food delivery is a quick and easy way to ensure that you won’t go hungry.

Food delivery can get expensive if you do it multiple times a week, though. It can also take up a lot of your time if you don’t account for delivery time. With these tips, you can optimize your food delivery order and get the most out of your time and money.

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Know What You Want to Eat

The hardest part of ordering food delivery is figuring out what you want to eat. With websites like GrubHub and Yelp, there are hundreds of food options waiting for you. To reduce the time you spend on food delivery, decide what type of food you want to eat before sitting down and ordering it.

Narrowing it down by type of food is extremely helpful because you can pick from a smaller number of restaurants. You can also look at other factors such as delivery time, delivery cost, and if they have the dish you would like to order.

Keep Delivery Time in Mind

Don’t wait until you are starving to order food delivery. Keep in mind that it will take some time to prepare your food and then deliver it to you. Depending on location and the time of day, it can take almost an hour to receive your food.

If you are in a rush, look for restaurants that have quick delivery time. Some restaurants, such as Jimmy John’s Sandwiches can get you a sandwich within 15 minutes!

Order Food Delivery Online

Nowadays you can seamlessly order food delivery online and not have to talk to a single person! Ordering online reduces the chance of miscommunication. When talking on the phone ordering food delivery, there can be a lot of miscommunication.

Imagine working in a busy pizza shop with customers walking through the door and chefs yelling in the back a while writing down your order, address, and contact information. It can be difficult to concentrate and get your food delivery order 100% correct.

To avoid this miscommunication and ensure that you have a higher chance of receiving the correct food delivery order, place your order online.

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Look for Specials & Combo Deals

Some restaurants will have specials and combo deals over the weekend or for big parties who are ordering food delivery. It’s worth it to take a look at what they offer. Most of them will save you money if you are ordering food for a large group.

This is great if you are studying for exams with a study group and need a late night pick-me-up. Everyone can pitch in and receive a ton of food! It’s all about saving money when it comes to optimizing your food delivery order.

Use Coupons and Codes to Save Money

Another way to save some money when ordering food delivery is to look for coupon codes. A simple search online can save you a few extra dollars. It’s also worth it to look in your mailbox at menus and flyers that local restaurants hand out for coupons.

If you order from certain restaurants or websites a few times, they will give out loyalty coupons to their customers. Find a restaurant you love and keep ordering from it!

Consider the Delivery Fee 

Before you place your food delivery order in your cart, consider the delivery fee that is charged. Sometimes it can be an astounding amount that makes you cancel your order and restart the whole process. Before you decide what restaurant you want to order from, take a look at their delivery fee and minimum purchase.

Reviewing this information can save you a lot of time and headache when it comes to checking out and ordering your food.

Order Food Delivery in a Group

One of the best ways to optimize your food delivery order is to order it in a group. This will save you money when it comes to paying the delivery fee and making the minimum delivery order. When you split the delivery fee with people, you’re paying a few cents to a dollar. You’ll also definitely make the minimum delivery. When you don’t order in a group, you may find yourself ordering food that you don’t actually want to make the minimum purchase to receive delivery.

Optimizing Your Food Delivery Order

There are a few ways to optimize your food delivery order. To cut down time, you should have an idea of what you want to order. Order online to reduce the risk of miscommunication. Some things to consider are delivery time, delivery fee, and the minimum purchase for delivery. Order in a group and use coupons to save some money too! So, what will you order next?

By Brittany Loeffler

Uloop Writer
Brittany is a senior English major with a concentration in creative writing at Temple University. After growing up in a very rural part of Pennsylvania, she found her calling in the streets of the big city of Philadelphia. Aside from writing, she enjoys reading, movies, baking, and photography.

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