In the interests of full disclosure, I'll admit that my family and I don't order food delivery very often, maybe 3 to 4 times per year. It might have something to do with an unfortunate pizza delivery we had a couple of years back, during the pandemic:

(Doorbell rings)

Me (opening front door to pizza delivery guy): Hey, how's it going tonight?

Delivery Guy: It's going. Here's your spaghetti, lasagna, garlic bread, and your 4-topping pizza.

Me: 4 toppings? We only ordered 3 toppings; sausage, pepperoni, and bacon. What's the fourth topping?

Delivery Guy: I sneezed.

(Door slams)

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Love Them Or Hate Them, Food Delivery Apps Have Really Made It Pretty Easy To Order Food Delivery From Nearly Any Restaurant You Can Think Of...But What Is That Convenience Costing Us?, definitely a go-to website for all things relating to travel and points, decided to take a look at the food delivery spending habits of 2000 people from Illinois and across the nation to figure out how much our food ordering sprees end up hurting our bottom line.

Before we get to what we're spending here in Illinois, here are a couple of facts about food delivery in the United States:

  • 78% of us use delivery services
  • The average person who orders food delivery does it 3.7 times per month
  • 35% say that they won't order if there's a high delivery fee
  • 12% say that there is no amount of savings that could convince them to pick up their food rather than having it delivered.
  • When it comes to tipping, 14% of us tip nothing at all, 37% tip at 15 percent, 38% tip 20 percent, 5.2% tip 25 percent, and 0.9% tip more than 25 percent
  • 21.2% say that they never, ever order food delivery
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Alright, Let's Get To How Much Is Coming Out Of Our Collective Wallets In Illinois For Food Delivery, And See What Our Midwestern Neighbors Are Spending While We're At It

I guess we don't have to feel too badly about things, after all. The national average for yearly spending on food delivery is $1,566.57, but here in Illinois, we're well below that with an average of $1,316.84 per year, according to the study.

I mentioned taking a look at our Midwestern neighbors, and we really should because the highest spending and the lowest spending on food delivery per year are done by two states that border Illinois.

Iowans are the spending kings and queens of the Midwest, shelling out, on average, about $3,366 annually.

Iowans spend the most on delivery per order at $45.11, which is 27.4% higher than the national average. They also order delivery the most on average (6.2 times per month).

Bringing up the rear, and spending the least each year on food delivery is Wisconsin, with an average of $938. Wisconsin residents also order food delivery the least in America, with 2.5 orders per month.

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