I often wonder how much money a year I would save if I brought food from home to work. It would probably be a couple thousand dollars.
Top Tip #1 Bring food from home and save money
But Clarissa never follows her own advice and I still eat out regardless. I get the luxury of eating whatever I’m feeling and being spoiled with choice and convenience (the amount of times I was heartbroken as a kid when I thought I had a Nutella sandwich but it was actually Vegemite and my lunch time was ruined- thanks mum. If I had money, I would be able to go to the canteen and eat something I wanted)
When I first started my corporate job at Barangaroo in Sydney, one of the first things some people told me was to get Ritual. This isn’t an exclusive app to Sydney and is actually used in major Australian cities such as Melbourne and Brisbane and major cities around the world. I’ve listed cities that are compatible with Ritual below.
- Fort Worth
- Los Angeles
- New Orleans
- New York
- Salt Lake City
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- San Jose
- St. Louis
- Washington D.C.
- Hong Kong
Ritual is essentially an app to order food and ‘skip the wait’. Ritual shows you cafes and restaurants that are in your area and you can even easily choose from a range of categories Ritual provides making choosing food super easy.
My favourite is finding the places that offer more points. Many offer 2,500 points which is amazing. Ritual also offers rewards usually $1=10 points and for every 1,000 points, you can redeem $1 off your next purchase. Who doesn’t like discounts or free food?
Personally, I love these 2,500 point places as it helps me get rewards faster and allows me to try new places. As far as I am aware, the app only offers takeaway which makes sense as the app brands itself as one for the busy worker who doesn’t want to wait in the queue.
I also really like how the app updates in real-time and you can see the status of your order from prepared to ready. It even tells you approximately what time it is ready and when you should leave at your current location. This is so helpful!
You can also offer to piggyback which means helping your workmates get their food for them and in turn will be rewarded with points. I’ve never had to do this. Personally, I mainly use Ritual in the morning if I am getting coffee and/or breakfast. For lunch, I often go out for food with my friends and kind of forget the app every now and again. Now, with COVID-19, I’m definitely using the app even less but it is useful to have.
I decided to eat at Crafty Cuts which can be found at the Westfield Food Court in Pitt St. They also have other locations including MLC and Westfield Bondi Junction. They are known for their sandwiches, market bowls and kebabs.
The thing with redeeming at places with 2,500 points or 25x means that the points are capped at $10 so I try not to spend too much over $10 because I would still get the maximum amount of points if I spent $10 or $15. Does that make sense? I opted for the falafel sandwich and beer battered chips and it was great. The chips serving size was substantial which I was really satisfied with and falafel- yum.
There are many other similar food delivery services out there. Ubereats, Deliveroo and Menulog are a few that I am sure you’ve all heard of (Australian viewers only). These are definitely game-changers and are changing our food consumption behaviours but I would highly recommend Ritual in a business setting. It works really well with me at work and is more useful in urban areas. It’s always nice to be rewarded for eating.
Top Tip #2 If you are buying food outside, consider a food app (not necessarily Ritual) that will provide you with discounts and reward your loyalty
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