How to Pay with Cash on Grubhub
GrubHub is one of the few online delivery services that allow you to pay with cash. That’s just one of the reasons why it’s such a versatile and attractive option. If you’re worried about feeding your credit card information into an online app, don’t worry.
Note that not all restaurants accept cash payments. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find an official list of the non-participating outlets at the time of its writing.
This article explains the whole ordering process on GrubHub and how you can pay with both cash and other payment methods.
Setting Up a GrubHub Account
To order on GrubHub and pay with cash, you need to have an account. If you already have an account, head on to the next section of the article. For those who haven’t signed up for GrubHub yet, the process is very straightforward.
- Launch the website, or the app, and select the Sign In option.
- Choose to Create Your Account at the bottom of the screen.
- You can enter your credentials (name, email, and password) or sign in via Google or Facebook.
- Choose to Create Your Account when you enter all the necessary information.
How to Pay on GrubHub with Cash
Cash is one of the many payment options available on GrubHub, which is a nice feature that some food delivery services don’t offer.
- Launch the GrubHub app on iOS or Android, or visit the website in a browser.
- Log into your account on the website or the app.
- For the Android or iOS app, enter the appropriate address information or use Google Location. In browsers, you can use your zip code or address. Zip code only shows local restaurants. Address lists more options, but that includes distant locations.
- Select the correct address from the popup list.
- When the restaurant list appears, fine tune it if desired, then select the correct restaurant. You can narrow down the search (distance, price, rating, etc.,) using the “Sort” or “Filter” option. You can also enter a term such as “pizza” or “subs” in the “search bar” at the top. Pay attention to the locations as some could be more than a half-hour away. Also, ensure they offer the option you need (delivery or pickup).
- After choosing a restaurant, its menu will open. Find some food you like and choose your available options.
- When finished with the customizations, click “Add to Bag: $$$” (at the bottom) to add it to your cart.
- The menu reappears. Select additional menu items and customize them as well. When ready, tap or click on “View order” to review all items.
- To remove or change an item, hold down your finger over it when using the mobile app or click on it when using the website, then choose “Edit” or “Delete” from the options that pop up.
- When you finish your order, tap “Proceed to checkout” on the website or iPhone/Android mobile app.
- Enter/Confirm your “address” and “mobile number” on the website or the app.
- Select “Review and Place Your Order” on the website or “Review Order” on the iOS/Android app.
- Find and choose the “Pay with cash option,” which should be at the bottom of your screen. Cash option availability gets determined by the restaurant. Otherwise, choose an available payment method or cancel the order.
- Select “Place your delivery order: $$$” on the mobile app or “Place Your Order” on the website.
If the option to pay with cash is available, you’ll see it onscreen. As previously mentioned, it’s not a guarantee that the restaurant you’re ordering from will accept a cash payment.
Why Most Restaurants Don’t Take Cash
Even though some places still take cash via GrubHub, most of them don’t. The reasoning behind this decision is quite simple. Paying with money complicates things. The GrubHub courier has to take the cash from you and give it to the restaurant.
Doing so adds more mileage to their drive, takes more time through travel, and doesn’t give the restaurant a guarantee that you or the delivery driver will pay. It makes sense that most restaurants won’t agree to that, even if it’s more convenient for the customer.
As mentioned, GrubHub is one of the rare delivery services that accept cash payments. Most of the competition refuses straight up (Instacart, Postmates, Uber Eats, DoorDash, and many others).
GrubHub also accepts many other payment options, including credit and debit cards, PayPal, Apple Pay, eGift, and Android Pay. These are a great alternative if the particular restaurant you’re ordering from doesn’t take cash.
You Can Always Tip with Cash
The good news is that you can always tip your GrubHub courier with cash. These people work mostly for tips, and they’ll appreciate whatever comes their way. Therefore, try to leave a generous tip if you’re satisfied with the service.
You can tip through the GrubHub app if you prefer, but that doesn’t make much sense if you’re paying for the order in cash. Anyhow, everything about tipping is your personal choice, so we leave it up to you.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I find out which restaurants take cash?
Unfortunately, GrubHub doesn’t make it easy to see which payment methods the company accepts. The only official option is to load up your cart and see what payment methods get displayed. But, you can also check the reviews. Although it’s probably quicker to check the bag, you may see something that indicates the payment option.
I don’t see an option to pay with cash; why not?
If the option doesn’t appear for cash, then the restaurant does not offer the option. Of course, you could always call the restaurant directly and see if they offer any delivery services where you could pay with cash. Ultimately, the company offers the cash option assuming everyone involved is willing to accept the risk. These days that is quite a risk to take for small businesses and Grubhub drivers.
Why can’t the delivery driver pay the restaurant and I pay the driver back?
Aside from the fact that this puts the delivery driver at risk of paying for someone’s order, it also forces them to carry cash that may not be safe either. Grubhub’s official policy states that no driver can pay for a customer’s order and they certainly won’t be reimbursed for it if they do.
Cash Is Still King
Some people try to deny the simple fact that cash still reigns supreme. Sure, now we have Bitcoin and many other modern payment methods, but nothing could ever substitute paper bills. The only thing that’s better than cash is gold because its value is permanent.
Let’s not get carried away, though. Is there a reason why you want to stick to cash? Do you find it more convenient? Should all online delivery services accept cash? Feel free to discuss those and other related topics in the comments section below.