How delivery apps eat up your budget

An interesting post from Paul Heydon:  Just read this article. Crazy that some restaurants are charging customers more for meals through a delivery app then in the restaurant. I know some places used to charge less for a pick up order. Anyone know of a food delivery comparison service or app? Huge potential! #fooddelivery #meals

After a long day, you have probably done some back-of-the-napkin math and decided there was no point in going out for dinner when you could get food brought to your door for the same cost, plus a tip. So you fired up a delivery app.

Too bad the numbers aren’t that simple.

When you order through a delivery app, you pay multiple parties, including the driver and the companies that offer the apps, like Uber Eats and Postmates. In some cases, you pay the restaurants extra fees as well.

The markups can be downright egregious. Take Panda Express, the fast-food chain. If you ordered a $39 Family Feast value meal using Uber Eats, your tab would be 49 percent higher than if you bought the same meal at the restaurant.

You would have to really love Panda Express to pay this kind of premium — and that doesn’t even include a tip.

By Brian X. Chen