abcnews.go.com – It’s never been easier to get burgers, burritos and other items from fast-food chains delivered to your doorstep. But the convenience can hurt your wallet.
More fast-food companies have been offering delivery by teaming up with food-ordering apps, many of which charge fees or other added-on costs. The chains see delivery as another way to boost sales, but for customers, it can turn a typically cheap meal into a pricier one.
“If you’re not careful, your fees can add up to be more than the cost of the food,” says Sara Skirboll, a shopping and trends expert at deal site RetailMeNot.
Fast food companies typically use several online ordering services, and their fees and rules differ, so you’ll need to do some research on your own to know what you are spending. Here’s what to look out for:
FEES WITH THOSE FRIES
Many apps charge delivery fees, and the amount can differ widely depending on the city you live and app you’re using. Online ordering apps charged fees ranging from $1 to as much as $11, according to a report last month from analysts at investment bank Mizuho. Typically, the app will tell you what the fee amount is before paying.
Look man…I’m aware enough to know I’m lazy as hell and I will gladly pay a little extra for the convenience of not having to leave the couch for some nuggets.