Sunday, April 28

A Guide to Online Grocery Shopping *Guest Post*

Morning! Who loves shopping?! How about Grocery Shopping? I do, I do! Honestly, it keeps me sane. I just love walking through the store and finding a great deal. But sometimes we can't or just don't want to go to the store to get those staple items. We have Brittany who offered to give us some insight on Grocery Shopping online. It's a great idea and may work for your family. Enjoy!

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                  A Quick Guide to Online Grocery Shopping

One of the best ways to save money at the grocery store, is by not going.  Let me explain.  Online grocery shopping can actually save you quite a bit of money.  If you haven’t ordered online, you may be a little skeptical, but don’t knock it you’ve tried it out.  My old college campus was located in a pretty wealthy area, where the nearest store was an organic grocer.  Even when I made the trip to the local super market, the prices weren’t always worth the inconvenience of getting there. As a struggling college student, online groceries were often by best option. I saved a lot of time and money by stocking up and having items delivered.  So whether you’re too busy to shop, trying to save a buck, or just curious, read through this list of tips and tricks to see if online grocery shopping is right for you and your family.

How does it work?
Online grocery shopping allows you to select products for delivery the next day. You can get everything from dry goods to fresh produce, deli meats to paper towels. Almost anything you can find at the neighborhood store is available online. Services like Peapod and Amazon Fresh pick up your items at local stores and delivery your order at a date and time you choose! I have a sweet spot for Peapod, but there are a ton of online options out there.  Safeway stores nationwide offer local grocery delivery service, as do select Albertson’s locations.

Be two places at once!
The magic of shopping at your computer is that you can comparison shop. Unlike shopping in store, if you have a feeling a product may be cheaper elsewhere, you can immediately check! Shopping for groceries online gives you the opportunity to shop around without driving from store to store.  

Oh the savings.
You can also organize products by make and price, for example, if you’re looking for dessert pies you can quickly find your favorite brand or the least expensive option.  Online grocery shopping is a great option for stocking up on dry goods and bulk items for family meals. These usually tend to be less expensive or frequently on sale.  Some delivery services have a minimum purchase for delivery, so it’s often worthwhile to stock up on key items.

Purchase the right produce.
If you are as particular about your fruits and veggies as me, you probably won’t enjoy being surprised with a bag of bruised produce.  I’m not accusing workers of being completely careless and inconsiderate of customers, but the people that work for these delivery services are often given short time frames for completing orders. Personally, I’ve had positive experiences ordering fruits, although they weren’t quite ripe.

Frozen foods are your friend!
As a college student I tried to keep my freezer full of easy meals, and now as someone who works full time, I try to do the same thing.  Online grocery shopping is great for stocking up on frozen vegetables and quick dinner options like chicken pot pie, casseroles, and lasagnas.

Beware of the virtual shopping cart.
One issue with online shopping is that you can’t physically see what’s in your cart.  As I mentioned above, this can be an issue when selecting produce or cuts of meat.  However, this is most troublesome when gauging the amount of money you’re spending for a basket full (or half full) of groceries.

Did I mention they deliver?
I’ve spent the last five winters in Chicago and some days it was too cold to carry bags of groceries nine blocks back to my apartment. Not only do these services bring the groceries to your doorstep, but you can schedule the date and time of the delivery. This can be extremely helpful during busy weeks.  Delivery hours are usually from early in the morning (about 7 am) to the early evening, seven days a week.  Do keep in mind that you may save a little money on the delivery fee if you select a less popular time frame.  Sometimes you can even get the delivery fee waived!  Many of these services offer frequent promotions, giving you more opportunities to save.

Author Bio: Brittany writes about frugal living, family meals and easy recipes on behalf of Marie Callender’s.  For more family dinner ideas, visit www.mariecallendermeals.com.
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