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So you’ve fallen into the delivery trap. You were doing so well with cooking for yourself. You had a system—a set day when you’d hit the grocery store, and perhaps the Farmer’s Market. You were getting into a rhythm of walking the dog while the oven was pre-heating and chopping vegetables while listening to the news. But one night you just didn’t have it in you. Traffic on the way home was worse than ever. Cleaning even one pot sounded like hell. So you thought, “Why don’t I just order delivery? People do it all over the world, every night! And they look so happy when those ready-made cartons of food arrive at their door! I could be one of those people!” And so you were, and you have been ever since. It’s hard to go back to cooking for yourself once you’ve experienced the convenience of delivery, but you should break the habit. Here are 15 reasons to stop ordering so much delivery.

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It’s absurdly expensive

By the time you meet the $25 delivery minimum (you usually get at least $30 worth of food at that point because you’re already ordering a lot), add the delivery charge and add the tip, you spend $40. You split that into two meals—sure—but that’s still $20 a meal. You can cook for yourself for around $5 a meal. By ordering delivery, your per-meal cost just went up around 400 percent.

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