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I’m a fan of takeaways. Who isn’t right?! I love being able to just pop online, order some good food and put almost no effort in. However, what I don’t love is that a takeaway just blows our food budget for the week most of the time! Over the last few years I’ve perfected a number of ways to save money on takeaways – and I want to share them with you!
Save money on takeaways – look out for deals
Look on social media for discounts. Brands such as Just Eat, Hungry House and Deliveroo have discounts on their social media pages. These have become rarer in the last year but it is always worth a quick scan before you place your order.
Check those leaflets that come through your door. Yes – those annoying usually poorly designed ones. Sometimes they have GREAT deals. They may have exclusive collection only deals or they may have meal deals that aren’t offered online. By calling up you may be able to save a fortune – or get more food for your budget.
Look online for collection only discounts. Many restaurants, chains and independents, offer discounts if you collect your order. You may only save a pound or two, so weigh up any petrol/time costs.
Check your local takeaway, and those chain ones, to see what bargains they offer. Our local Chinese does a 5 dish for £13.00 night. This is a total bargain and usually represents a saving of £8-15 depending on the dishes chosen. Best of all – FREE delivery! Dominos offer Two for Tuesday and a lot of the other chains seem to have exceptionally good bargains on Tuesday as well.
Pick up a discounted gift voucher on Zeek. They don’t always have them available but well worth a quick search!
Save money on takeaways – alternative ways to save
Cut down a little or share a few dishes. You’ll save some calories and get to try some different food too.
Make the most of minimum spend discounts. Sometimes you may need to add an extra dish and then your total will reduce by 20-30%. For example if you’ve spent £19 and add a £2 dish your £21 of food may come down to around £15. Bargain! You CAN freeze leftovers or just take them to work the following day for a simple lunch.
Many restaurants, particular Chinese and Indian ones, have nights where they run a buffet. Often you can stop by and fill up a container for a set amount. This gives you a chance to trial lots of dishes for the price of just 1-2 dishes. Our local Chinese restaurant does this and their takeaway food is REALLY expensive so this is a complete bargain.
Why not give mystery shopping a try? Now you’re not always guaranteed to find a takeaway when you want it, however, with forward planning you can find something nice. We have a burger chain in our town and they have takeaway mystery shops at least once a month. The fee is usually small, £5-8 but there is a reimbursement for the purchased food too.
Save money on takeaways – ways to avoid them while taking it easy still
Sometimes I really want to get a takeaway but I realise that 1. They are a bit of a waste of money at times and 2. They make me feel all bloated and sluggish the following day. If I have a little motivation, but can’t be bothered to cook then this is what I tend to choose from:
Buy a meal deal at the supermarket – you know the ones. Dine in for £10, 4 dishes for £10 etc. Open the pots, decant them into a dish and put them in the microwave or oven. Simple. Takes minutes of effort and you still have a decent dinner. With minimal effort. But less expense too. I often think that these are a middle ground. A nice break from cooking, without spending quite so much. Also, the food is often high quality and you can get alcohol for your £10!
Keep your freezer stocked up. Each week at shopping buy yourself an emergency meal. Or just a really tasty meal for a lazy night. Stuffed crust pizza. Chicken dippers. Lasagne in a box. Whatever it is keep an ’emergency’ meal in. You never know when you may be short on time or effort unexpectedly.
Save money on takeaways – avoid them altogether but cook something delicious
If you are full of motivation and just need a kick up the backside then THIS IS IT! Get yourself an e-book, such as this great Fakeaway one, and cook up a storm. I’ve made a few recipes from this book, and loved them! Why not knock up a homemade pizza? It really takes NO time! You could even cheat and use tortillas – here is my recipe for tortillas!
If you have lots of time free then why not try out some of my favourite slow cooker recipes?
If you want to find a little money in your budget, for that occasional takeaway, then check out my meal planning tips.
Save money on takeaways – try to win yourself one
Fancy a takeaway but don’t have any free cash? Why not earn some using my favourite ways to make money online. Alternatively, why not try and WIN yourself a free takeaway with Win A Dinner.
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