Why UberEATS is the best thing to happen to us

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If you’ve been in the East Bay this summer you may have been informed by a friend or two about UberEATS’ new promotion in which you can get a $20 discount on your first order using a friend’s promotion code, although now they’ve changed the promotion to a $10 discount. Like us, you were probably skeptical and conducted a comprehensive Google search to find out what the catch was. Turns out this deal is pretty much exactly what it sounds like and it’s basically the best thing to ever happen to UC Berkeley students in the history of free food promotions. Here are some reasons why:

1. Experiencing the epitome of free food

This isn’t your typical “buy one get one free” or “get a sad version of what you expected to get free” or “get one free if you wait in an hour and a half long line with everyone else in Berkeley who also wants free food” kind of promotion. This is $20 (or $10 if you waited too long) of real, free food delivered right to your door — it’s almost too good to be true.

2. Trying multiple new food places in one sitting

If you haven’t gotten around to trying Zachary’s Pizza, Taste of the Himalayas, Brazil Cafe or other Berkeley favorites, this is the time to try any or all of them. This application offers a pretty wide range of restaurants, from Indian to Mexican to Asian fusion and it’s perfect for foodies who like trying a variety of cuisines. It gets rid of the factors that may have prevented you from trying these restaurants in the past — the distance, the time or the price — so now you can try multiple places with no guilt except from the excessive number of calories you’ll probably be consuming.

3. Having a feast inside the comfort of your own home

If you and your housemates or other friends share codes with each other, you could potentially pool all of your discounts, order several dishes to share and have a delicious free feast (if you stay under budget) right at home. It’s basically your food fantasy brought to life and you might not know what to do with yourself with so many options to choose from. It’s like a buffet but without the judgment from others — and with fresher food, personal delivery and, of course, it’s entirely free.

4. Having the luxury of being lazy

This application is a good option for those of us who are not only too “busy” (lazy) too cook real meals, but also too lazy to get out of bed and purchase food, especially after coming home from a long day of class or work. Once you order, the Uber drivers deliver the food directly to your address, and you can track your food from when your order is received to when it arrives (as well as its estimated arrival time) directly on the application.

5. Connecting with old friends

There’s no better way to bond or reconnect with friends than shamelessly sharing your code to get more free food. Even though it may seem shallow, no one is going to complain if you reach out to them since it benefits both the one who shares and the one who receives the code. It can be a great conversation starter and you may even get back in touch with good friends you had no immediate reason to contact before.

Disclaimer: This isn’t an endorsement for UberEATS, we just really like free food.

Contact Jasmine Tatah at [email protected].