Unless you ordered food yesterday after new surcharges were added by major food delivery companies (and went into effect), you may not have noticed a price increase.

But, sooner or later, you will.

That's because the same thing that's been wreaking havoc with your personal economics is also causing serious headaches for delivery companies and the people who do the actual delivering.

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Skyrocketing Gas Prices Are Making An Already Expensive Transaction Even More Expensive

The big guys in the ride-sharing and/or food delivery game have all announced some new price structuring being put into play to offset the money being hemorrhaged at gas pumps.

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Uber.com announced this last week:

To help reduce the burden, we are rolling out a temporary fuel surcharge.

Beginning Wednesday, March 16, consumers will pay a surcharge of either $0.45 or $0.55 on each Uber trip and either $0.35 or $0.45 on each Uber Eats order, depending on their location—with 100% of that money going directly to workers’ pockets.

The surcharges are based off the average trip distance and the increase in gas prices in each state. This is temporary for at least the next 60 days, when we’ll reassess.

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Lyft is going that way, too:

Recent gas price increases are making all types of transportation more expensive. And this has a direct effect on drivers. So, starting next week, Lyft is adding a $0.55 fuel surcharge to each ride that’ll go directly from riders to drivers—100% of it. This will help offset fuel costs, which also helps more drivers stay on the road. Drivers can expect these additional earnings for at least the next 60 days.

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DoorDash says that it will attempt to offset rising gas prices by giving its drivers 10 percent cash back when they buy gas using the company's DasherDirect prepaid debit card.

The company also said it's implementing a "weekly gas bonus" of $5 for dashers who complete orders totaling 100 miles. Dashers will earn an extra $10 for 175 miles worth of deliveries and $15 for 225 miles.

Bottom line: Maybe skip the delivery, and do the carryout thing with your favorite local Rockford restaurants.

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