by Rachel Kim
Who even has enough time to prepare their meals in a busy city like San Francisco? Even if you had the time in your hands, how can you possibly cook 3 times a day for 7 days a week? To possibly reduce some time in cooking and the stress that comes with it, this is why engineers and innovators have created genius apps in the hopes of reducing overwhelm in meal preparations.
Here are some of the apps you can look into:
Subscribe to Mealpal for a $6 lunch on a monthly basis where you have the list of restaurants to choose your lunch the day before from 5 pm to the following day at 9:30 am. When you pick up your food, make sure to scan your QR code to let them know that you picked up your food. This ensures the restaurant owners that strangers didn’t pick up your food!
If you don’t like to wait in line to get your lunch or too busy to pick up your meal, get Ritual. It lets you skip lines and allows your coworkers to pick up your meal. Moreover, you can earn Ritual points where every $1 you spend, you get 10 points. Once you earn 10,000 points, you can redeem it by receiving the $10 credit for the app. Unlike Mealpal, you don’t have to order the meal 5pm the day before. Therefore, if you can order your lunch whenever you want and wait for 10-15 for them to prepare your meal.
Tired of cooking meals? Then get Postmates! Think of Postmates as Uber for food. Get anything (yes, that includes alcohol) delivered to your doorstep with a small fee. If your order from a restaurant/store that Postmates has partnered with, you will pay $3.99. However, Postmates will still deliver from shops that they haven’t partnered with for $5.99. If you don’t like paying 4-6 dollars every time you order, you can subscribe to their monthly membership for $9.99 or $89.99 for the yearly membership with the condition of ordering at least $20 dollars.
Postmates isn’t available in your city? Then download Grubhub. Grubhub is basically the same as Posthub except it is available in 16,000 cities in the US and it’s also available in London. Grubhub also has the largest market share in terms of food delivery apps. Plus, there are no extra charges like Postmates. You will only get charged for what the restaurant charges you. However, if you are a generous person, feel free to tip the driver! Also, Grubhub has way better customer service.
Not everyone has a big enough family to order $20 at a minimum. If you don’t want that minimum charge and especially if you live by yourself in a big city like SF, use Doordash. They also won’t charge you for blitz pricing and have the same pricing as the restaurant plus just the delivery fee that is designated to the area.