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How to Save Money on Takeaway Food

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Published July 5th 2020
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How to save money on takeaway food
There is simply nothing better than deciding to skip cooking and order in. Delivery from your favourite restaurants is becoming easier than ever before, with the popularity of takeaway apps. However, the cost of indulging too often quickly adds up. Make your takeaway treats more affordable by applying these money-saving tips and tricks.

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Read on for some mouth-watering deals on takeaway food. Image: Zuzi99 via Pixabay.

Birthday coupons
Once a year, you can dine like royalty by making use of birthday coupons and deals. Usually, these can be redeemed at any point during your birthday month.

Plenty of chain restaurants, particularly fast food restaurants, offer discounts and even freebies on your birthday. Nandos, Ali Baba, Salsa's Fresh Mex, Lord of the Fries and more all have birthday rewards worth eating. Usually, you have to register for these deals by signing up for the restaurant's mailing list or loyalty program, and they will reward you by sending you a coupon on your birthday.

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You can get freebies and deals for your birthday from many popular fast food outlets. Image: Blandine Joannic via Pixabay.

EatClub app
The EatClub app gives you fantastic deals on restaurants for takeaway or dine-in. Restaurants offer discounts in the app when they are having a slow night, allowing you to snap up deals such as 30% off your bill. Most deals are valid for the entire day after they are uploaded, though some require you place the order before a certain time.

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The EatClub app is a great way to reduce your restaurant or takeout bill. Image: Mac231 via Pixabay.

Bring Me Home app
Bring Me Home is a nifty app connecting you to nearby cafes and restaurants with unsold food, which you can purchase for pick up at a hefty discount. You will not know exactly what you are getting, so opt for this if you are open-minded and flexible about your meal choice. For example, you may know you are getting a sandwich, but you will not know the sandwich contents until you arrive to pick up your order. Typically, items are around 30% - 50% discounted.

Points and rewards
Almost all food delivery mobile apps will have rewards and deals which you get as a customer. Most will offer a new customer bonus, and some have regularly occurring deals (such as 30% off if you spend over $40). As these deals change all the time, it is wise to do a quick search for coupon codes before you place your order.

Uber has recently introduced a loyalty program where you accrue points spent on Uber rides and takeout. However, you would have to be a very regular user in order to accrue enough points to get rewards.

You can also earn points through other loyalty programs which are linked to food delivery services. For example, you can earn Velocity Frequent Flyer Points on your Menulog orders provided you link the two accounts.

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Use food ordering apps to your advantage using points and rewards schemes. Image: Piyalis14 via Pixabay.

Groupon is the online deals site where you can try new things on the cheap. They have always had a great selection of restaurant deals, and now with takeaway becoming more popular, they have a variety of restaurant deals available for pick up. You can find some impressive discounts on Groupon so it is definitely worth having a browse of what is available in your local area.

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Expand your horizons with the range of restaurant and takeout offers on Groupon. Image: Mogens Petersen via Pixabay.

Takeout apps referral codes
Most popular food delivery mobile apps have referral codes which allow you and your friends to save money. If you have yet to download an app, ask your friends for their referral codes - which will usually give both of you a small discount. Once you are using the app, you can refer others to use it to get discounts of your own. On both Uber Eats and Deliveroo - two of the most popular takeaway apps - you can get a $5 discount code upon referring a friend to make their first order.

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Referral codes can save a few dollars off your meal in many popular takeaway apps. Image: Cattalin via Pixabay.

Order lunch specials instead
Many cafes and restaurants will have lunch specials, often on weekdays only. While lunch-sized servings are typically smaller than dinner portions, they are also cheaper due to it being a quieter time of day for restaurants. Ordering your food earlier in the day (and then reheating it when it is time for dinner) is one way to save money on takeaway food.

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Opting for a lunch special can cut down on your takeout bill. Image: Thu Truong via Pixabay.

Pick up instead of delivery
Delivery fees seem small, but they add up over time if you are a regular takeaway eater. Also, when you are paying for delivery, it can be tempting to add more food to the order to make the fee seem worth it. Opting for pick-up when you can is a much more financially responsible choice.

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Cut out the middle-man by picking up your takeout. Image: Kai Pliger via Pixabay.

Stock up on fizzy drinks and garlic bread
The little extras you buy when you get takeaway food can result in a big bill. Why pay $5 for a bottle of fizzy drink from the restaurant, when you can buy it for half the price from the supermarket? And it is tempting to grab a garlic bread when getting a pizza, but you can find similar quality garlic bread in the supermarket which just needs to be baked in the oven for ten minutes. While it's a small swap, being prepared with drinks and sides at home can make a substantial difference to the cost of your takeout.

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Keeping a loaf of garlic bread in the fridge is usually the cheaper option when it comes to ordering pizza. Image: Marcus Distelrath via Pixabay.
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Groupon is probably the best of your suggestions.
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