THE PROS AND CONS OF BUYING GROCERIES ONLINE AND TIPS TO SAVE MONEY

It wasn’t that long ago when everyone was doing it.

The milkman was doing it.

The baker too.

And the iceman always rang twice on Thursdays.

There’s nothing revolutionary about home-delivered groceries.

My mum tells a story that as a young girl came across her neighbour’s loaf of bread, waiting warm and fresh in the sun on the porch. When the neighbours got home they found their bread hollowed out, only the crust remaining.

A friend, who isn’t that much older than me, reminisced about the milk being delivered by horse and cart. Waaay back in the 70s.

Online shopping hasn’t revolutionised grocery buying, it’s brought back a centuries-old service.

THE PROS AND CONS OF BUYING GROCERIES ONLINE

Is buying your groceries online frugal? Should you do it? Here are some pros and cons to help you decide.

THE PROS OF BUYING YOUR GROCERIES ONLINE

1. SAVE TIME

Who would have imagined you could buy groceries in your undies before you’ve even gotten out of bed in the morning?!

Or on your commute on the way home from work.

Grocery shopping online can save you hours every year. No more navigating traffic. No more queues at the checkout. Spend 5 minutes shopping online in comfort instead and have your groceries arrive at the front door.

To make it even easier, you can save shopping lists and favourite items in your online account, which means orders can be done in a couple of clicks.

2. SHOP WITHIN YOUR BUDGET

No more keeping a running tab on your calculator while you shop or putting things back at the checkout because you’ve gone over budget.

When you shop online, you can see how much your total shop adds up to before you buy.

Check out the catalogue specials as you menu plan to see if there’s anything that will save you money. Just be sure to check it’s a real bargain (see below).

3. SAVE YOUR SANITY

“Muuumm, can I have…”

I’m a big fan of shopping with kids. It teaches them important life skills. But every second is sheer torture. It’s hard enough to do the shopping with young kids, but getting out of the house with newborn babies can be near impossible.

For millennia, we had support systems for mums with new babies. Extended family or the community would help out so that mum wasn’t doing everything alone.

And most of your groceries were delivered.

While the support systems are, unfortunately, not there for many of us anymore, we do have online grocery shopping.

4. COMPARISON SHOP WITH EASE

Here’s a trick a friend showed me when using the online shopping.

Search for the item you need and then sort the list by unit price from low to high as pictured below. It’s easier to see which item is the best price.

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