Each time I sit down to write a new post, my mission is the same: to try to make your life a little bit easier. So when I come across something that makes my own life easier, it only makes sense to pass that information on to all of you! :-)
Today we’ll be exploring the world of online grocery shopping, which has quickly become one of my favorite services. My local Smith’s store has started offering both pick-up and delivery options, both of which have saved me tons of time and effort already!
So today I wanted to share some of the benefits I’ve experienced from embracing online grocery shopping, and share some useful information on how to find a local service so you can give it a try for yourself!
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8 Reasons Why I Love Online Grocery Shopping
1. Bulk Items
When I shop at the grocery store, I have to consider the size and weight of the things that I buy. If I have to buy something in a smaller size because my cart is already full, I may be missing out on a good deal by passing up the bulk size!
I don’t have to worry about size or weight when shopping online. Whether I’m picking it up or getting it delivered, I like that I can choose the biggest package of toilet paper without worrying about cart space.
2. Saves Time
When I shop at the grocery store, I feel like I spend a lot of time trying to find things. And wandering the aisles of the grocery store isn’t exactly a great use of my time!
But when I shop online, finding what I need is a non-issue. I just type the name into the search bar, check out the options, and click one to add it to my cart!
3. Avoid Crowds
I used to try to time my trips to the store just right to avoid crowds and long lines. But I don’t have to worry about either of those things when I’m doing pick-up or delivery!
4. Saves Gas
Getting your groceries delivered right to your door is an easy way to save gas in your car. But grocery pick-up can save gas too!
For instance, if I know I’m going to be on my way home from a meeting at a certain time, I’ll schedule my grocery pick-up at that time. That way, I save myself another trip!
5. Fewer Impulse Buys
True confession time…I find it hard to resist the snacks, drinks, and magazines that line the checkout lines at the store. I’m much better about sticking to my list (and my budget) when I do my grocery shopping online!
6. Double Discounts
Shopping online makes it easier to take advantage of multiple forms of discounts on groceries. Not only do I get the same sale prices that they offer in store, but I can use digital coupons to save even more!
Loading digital coupons to my store account online is quick and easy, which means I use them a lot more than paper coupons. Even though there’s usually a small service charge for online grocery shopping, getting double the discounts saves me money in the long run!
7. Keeps Track
When you shop for groceries online, it will keep track of what you buy and suggest those items next time. This saves me quite a bit of time, because I can quickly add my “usual” items to the cart (like milk, bread, etc.) before I go looking for the other things I need.
8. Quality Produce
Before I tried online grocery shopping for the first time, I was most nervous about having someone else choose my produce for me. I worried that I would end up with bruised fruit or the wrong things entirely if I wasn’t there doing it myself!
But I haven’t had any issues with the store shoppers’ choices so far! I learned that most people tasked with doing the shopping for online orders are actually given training in picking out good produce, meat, and other items.
And if you want something specific, like a bunch of bananas that are still a little green, you can always add a note saying so!
How To Pick An Online Grocery Shopping Service
There are a dizzying amount of options when it comes to online grocery shopping these days! A good place to start is by checking out the website of the grocery store you shop at most often.
A surprising amount of local grocery stores now offer grocery pick-up, even if they don’t offer a delivery service. If you’re interested in grocery delivery specifically, check out the services below to find out which are available in your area:
Have you tried online grocery shopping yet?