5 Ways to Save Money With Uber Eats

Uber Eats delivery and pickup app
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Uber Eats is a popular app and website that partners with restaurants to deliver food right to your doorstep.

Before the coronavirus pandemic, I rarely used apps like Uber Eats, Grubhub, Postmates and DoorDash because of markups like higher menu prices, delivery fees and service charges.

But in an effort to support local restaurants and gig workers, I’ve started to test out these apps during this unprecedented time.

How to Save Money When You Use Uber Eats Food Delivery 

Although ordering delivery through Uber Eats isn’t the cheapest way to put food on the table, I’ve discovered a handful of ways to save money. Keep reading for what you need to know before your next order…

1. Filter Restaurants by Price 

The first way to save money with Uber Eats is to browse inexpensive restaurants only. From the app, you can filter restaurants by price. I typically select restaurants with one or two dollar symbols.

In addition to filtering by price, I like to sort by rating to see the best restaurants at cheaper price points.

Filter by price within the Uber Eats app
Filter by price within the Uber Eats app

2. Check the Promotions Tab 

Whether you’re new to Uber Eats or a returning customer, you can find frequent promo codes to apply to your order.

The Clark Deals team updates this article with the latest food delivery deals, but you can always ask a friend to send you their referral code. At the time of this writing, that would get you $7 off your first Uber Eats order.

For existing users, check the Promotions tab for offers like “Save $10 when you spend $30” and “30% off orders of $50 or more.”

3. Take Advantage of Special Offers 

Individual restaurants offer more ways to save with Uber Eats. Scroll down to the Special Offers section of the app and you’ll likely see offers like these from neighborhood restaurants:

  • Buy 1, Get 1 Free
  • $0 Delivery Fee
  • Free Item
Uber Eats Special Offers tab
Uber Eats Special Offers tab

The Buy 1, Get 1 Free deals are my personal favorite. Some restaurants will offer entrees with this deal, but others will only have cheaper items like appetizers, desserts and beverages.

From my experience, many of the $0 Delivery Fee and Free Item offers have a minimum spend requirement. Read the fine print!

4. Pay With a Rewards Credit Card 

The fourth way to save money with Uber Eats is to pay with a rewards credit card. This tip is only recommended for people who pay off their credit card balance in full every month.

I pay for Uber Eats purchases with the Uber Credit Card. It offers 5% back in Uber Cash when I use the food delivery service.

If you don’t already have that credit card in your wallet, check to see if any of your existing cards offer cash back for food delivery services and go with the best one.

5. Use a Cash Back App 

If you start your order through a cash back app instead of directly with Uber Eats, you may be able to save a few extra dollars.

At the time of this writing, Ibotta and Rakuten offered between 2% and 4% back on Uber Eats purchases. These offers change all the time, but it may be worth opening the cash back apps to check before you order.

If you haven’t tried Ibotta and Rakuten, keep in mind that both apps usually offer welcome bonuses for new users.

Check Ibotta for Uber Eats cash back
Check Ibotta for Uber Eats cash back

Final Thought

By following these five strategies, I’ve been able to order delivery through Uber Eats and stay within my budget. The savings have also allowed me to tip generously — and that’s really important right now.

If you use Uber Eats or other food delivery apps, leave your money-saving tips in the comments below!


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