Contrary to what my friends think, I actually love going to the grocery store. I love the idea of pushing a huge cart through every aisle and buying the stuff I need (and sometimes don’t really need) for cooking, snacks, personal hygiene and what-have-you. But what I don’t like about grocery shopping is when I need to do it during peak hours because then I’d have to fight for a parking space and wait for my turn in a long queue at the checkout counter. So, that’s why I’ve opted to do online shopping here in Canada.
Have Your Groceries Delivered to You!
If you live in a major city, chances are, there’s a major grocery chain near you that is willing to deliver your order straight to your doorstep. You can also check with your local supermarket’s website if they provide home delivery as an option. You will most likely need to create an account on their website and then start shopping. Or in some cases, they will refer you to a third-party service that will manage the whole process.
First you need to check if the website is secure against online hackers and scammers. Find out if they use security features – you can find a good guide here. When you check out, you may notice a charge for the delivery service. Usually this is around $5-$10 or it may be a small percentage of your total purchase cost. Some stores also waive the delivery fee if your purchase reaches a certain amount, or they may offer a discount.
Saving Money By Buying Your Groceries Online
When you shop for groceries online, you can avoid a lot of the usual bait and switch tactics used by grocery stores. You will no longer be tempted by flashy product packaging that may trick you into thinking they are on sale but aren’t. In fact, when you buy your groceries online, it becomes a very straightforward process. You will see the prices of each item clearly marked and you can even just tick the items you need (if you already have a list) and they will go straight to your shopping cart. By doing this, it’s less likely that you’ll end up buying stuff you don’t really need.
Saving Time When Shopping Online
This is pretty much self-explanatory. Grocery shopping on the Internet is not only convenient but it’s also very time-efficient. There’s no need to drive to the store, no need to wait until a parking space is available, and most importantly, you don’t have to wait in long lines. Moreover, there’s no need to go through each aisle. In my case, I’d usually end up spending an hour or two buying groceries, from a store just 3 blocks from my home.
If this is your first time shopping for groceries online, it’s always important to practice due diligence. Only buy from a store that is reputable and has safety measures on their website. In addition, you should also refrain from buying unpackaged produce, deli meats, seafood and meat – at least in the beginning. Hold off on these things until you get to know the delivery service and have a complete understanding of your options should you need to return the products.
Do you do your shopping online? Please share your own experiences.