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Why You Should Be Doing Grocery Shopping Online

The supermarket trolley is not your friend!

If you haven’t discovered online grocery shopping yet, you’re missing out on a major mumma hack. Online grocery shopping will save you time, money, your back, your sanity!

If you haven’t discovered grocery shopping online yet, you’re missing out on a major mumma hack. Online grocery shopping will save you time, money, your back, your sanity!

If you’ve always put it off not knowing where to start, setting up an account is generally easy and a few minutes online will save you hours in the long run. Have a look at the lists below and you’ll soon realise it’s actually much easier than shopping in a physical store.

PROS

  • Shop when the kids are in bed, in your pyjamas with a glass of wine! My favourite pro.
  • They will deliver to your door or even straight to your kitchen bench. This is amazing if you live in an apartment as we do. No lugging of juice bottles up three flights of stairs.
  • Shop off a list so you’re not distracted by things you don’t need. This can save you a lot of money.
  • Set up lists so you can easily add your usual items to the cart within a few clicks.
  • Shop all specials across the entire store from one search.
  • Compare products easily by unit price.
  • Most suppliers have special delivery deals or days. If you play it right, you need never pay for delivery.
  • Store points / loyalty programs and staff discounts apply to online shopping.
  • You won’t be dragging children into shops, dealing with boredom, tantrums and the lolly counter.
  • No demon trolleys to deal with.

CONS

  • You can’t analyse ingredients and nutrition information for some products.
  • You’ll miss out on specials or coupons that are only available in store (but there are online only specials too).
  • Honestly, I can’t think of any more cons!

In Australia, the two big supermarket players are Coles and Woolworths. I would suggest trying out both to decide who you prefer. I prefer Coles because I find their website works better on an iPad and I prefer the friendlier delivery men! But it’s a personal preference, plenty of people prefer Woolies and find their products and prices better.

There are also a huge number of smaller players now entering the market. They include providers such as Shopwings and Harris Farm where you can do quite a comprehensive shop, as well as smaller providers that focus on items such as fruit and vegetables or meat. Google your local suppliers or ask on your local Facebook group.

So, give it a go! Get your providers right and it will make your life so much easier.

Are you doing your grocery shopping online?

22 Comments

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  4. January 14, 2016 at 1:44 AM

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  5. January 14, 2016 at 1:39 AM

    Hey! I’m going to be featuring this post on Newbie News this week. Thanks for linking up! 🙂

    • January 15, 2016 at 7:51 PM

      Yay!! Thanks Chantal 🙂

  6. January 11, 2016 at 11:38 PM

    I wish the US would step on board with online grocery shopping. It is in larger cities. In our town, there is only one store that provides it, but their website is too hard to navigate. Buying for 7 people, I have to shop at our local wholesalers club. Shopping is such a chore!! Thank you for sharing on the Faith Filled Parenting LinkUp. I hope you will join again this week.

    • January 12, 2016 at 9:54 PM

      Thanks for commenting Christia 🙂 That is hard! Hope you get more stores doing this near you.

  7. January 10, 2016 at 12:16 AM

    I agree – it’s much easier than having to trek round. The downsides I would say in the UK are that I find the sites are often not very intuitive so it can be a little annoying trying to find what you want, hard to find best deals, and easier to not think of things you need that would be triggered by walking round a supermarket (though easier to not pick up things you don’t need because you saw them, which is a plus over walking round a shop). And the big one that bothers me are the swaps they make for things that are not available, which are often pretty stupid and useless, and the fact that they tend to select not very good stock for fresh fruit and veg, and everything about to go out of date for perishables, which is useless when shop meant to e for 1-2 weeks. So I tend to think it’s good for stocking up basics, non perishables, household stuff and things that can be frozen, but better to do your own shop for fruit, veg and dairy. That’s my experience with UK supermarkets though, and may well not be how yours are!

    • January 12, 2016 at 9:58 PM

      Thanks for commenting 🙂 Sounds like UK supermarkets need to lift their game! I find in Australia, substitutions are excellent – always an equal or better product (and you can elect not to substitute). I have had a few small misses with fruit and veg but they’re generally pretty good, but there are also many small operators that specialise in fruit and veg fresh as possible from the markets.

  8. January 9, 2016 at 6:59 PM

    Online grocery shopping is awesome. We used to do it a lot until we switched to getting our main shop from Lidl to save a lot of money and they don’t do online shopping. I live in hope that they will eventually! Thanks for sharing. #bestandworst

    • January 12, 2016 at 9:59 PM

      Thanks Laura 🙂 I couldn’t live without online shopping!

  9. January 7, 2016 at 7:17 PM

    100% agree! I started doing click and collect shopping a couple of months ago and it’s been a lifesaver. The biggest benefit for me is that’s it’s impossible to overspend because I can see my total as I go along and know when to checkout or risk a budget blowout. I do find it a bit difficult not to be able to check out the ingredients on unfamiliar products because I have a little one who can’t have eggs or dairy, I just tend to buy the same things regularly.

    • January 8, 2016 at 8:45 PM

      Thanks for reading Robyn 🙂 I think the online shops are getting better at listing ingredients, but yes, I do find that frustrating too, especially if you want to try something new.

  10. January 7, 2016 at 6:32 AM

    I have literally just had this conversation with hubby! I currently go to the store but if we have another I will online shop for sure! Great pros. Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst and see you soon xx

    • January 8, 2016 at 8:48 PM

      Makes life so much easier Sarah. Thanks for reading 🙂

  11. January 6, 2016 at 11:21 PM

    Yes Yes Yes! I love online grocery shopping, it has literally saved my sanity on occasions! #bestandworst xx

    • January 8, 2016 at 8:48 PM

      It’s definitely saved mine!

  12. January 6, 2016 at 8:09 PM

    We are big fans of online grocery shopping – in fact mine has just been delivered and is sat in the hall as I write! Far better than actually going there #bestandworst

    • January 8, 2016 at 8:50 PM

      Soooo much easier, isn’t it. It has been raining like crazy this week, there was no way I was heading out to the shops. The poor delivery man lugged it all up the stairs and into my kitchen. Love it!

  13. January 6, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    I am not doing it online, but if my store offered it I would at least try it once. It sounds so much better than going AND you can drink wine and shop.

    • January 6, 2016 at 3:02 PM

      Thanks for reading Deedra 🙂 It does make life so much easier. Especially now with kids, going to the shops is such a production!