Workaround: Order groceries instead of takeout

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With all of the delivery apps on the market, it is so tempting to order dinner now. Pizza, dessert, soda? It is delivered in 30 minutes flat. It is so tempting to pick up the smart phone and order dinner.

A great workaround is to use a grocery delivery app and get dinner now (roasted chicken, salad, baked potatoes) PLUS groceries for the rest of the week. Chances are, the cost is the same and you can get a lot more food for the same price as dinner for four!

Scenario one, dinner for two, $65:

  • 11" Pizza to share
  • Dessert to share
  • Salad to share
  • Drinks

Scenario two, groceries for 3 days for two: $69

  • Tilapia
  • Bread crumbs
  • Chicken thighs
  • BBQ sauce
  • Salad mix
  • Bag of rice
  • Veggies
  • Soup
  • Yogurt
  • Chips
  • Cereal
  • Cupcake

Groceries can often be delivered in the same time frame as dinner if you are using an app like Instacart!

Take the test! Download the meal delivery app DoorDash or GrubHub. Place enough items in the cart for you and your family for dinner. Take a screenshot.

Next download a grocery delivery app like Amazon Prime or Instacart. Load as many groceries as you can for the same price. Now compare! See how fast it can all be delivered. The closer the store the faster the service as a general rule.

Of course, the best thing is to plan ahead and shop in the stores so you can compare food labels and take advantage of items in the season but it is comforting to know that groceries can be delivered just as fast as takeout meals in many areas.




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