Shopping for groceries online saves a tremendous amount of time that would be spent driving to and from the supermarket, searching for a parking spot, walking to and from and through the store, endlessly walking through aisles to find the products, being confronted by flashy packaging to get you to purchase impulse buys, and standing in line often behind many other people.
Shopping online is a more straight-forward matter. Prices are clearly marked, and if you have a shopping list, you can search for specific items, add them to your cart, and check out immediately. When buying online, you also have the advantage of doing price comparison across stores and see where you can get the best buys.
Online shopping also helps you stick to a budget after carefully planning your meals and keeps you from spending more money when you are tempted by end caps and other displays in the stores. If you are on a strict budget or like being money conscious, you can see your subtotal with every item that is added to your cart. If you go over budget, you can easily remove something from your cart after seeing the feedback about how much you’ll be spending. That can help you get your grocery costs under control.
Online prices are normally competitive with ones in-store, and grocery chains like RedMart from Singapore also honor their sale prices and offer coupons from their circulars that can be applied to your order.
This type of shopping is also a wonderful gift idea for elderly parents or college students or for someone’s special occasion. You just fill in a different delivery destination on your order blank.
It may be a surprise that online groceries, even with their delivery charges, which vary greatly, could actually be the same or cheaper than the local supermarket. You just have to be careful of minimum-order quotas or membership fees.
When you get groceries delivered to your doorstep, they don’t have to be just non-perishable food, beauty and health supplies, paper goods, household cleaners and the like. Nowadays you can also order refrigerated or frozen items that will be delivered in special boxes or reusable bags. If you collect too many of the boxes and don’t have a use for them, most companies will be happy to pick them up when they come the next time.
Although many companies still only deliver in specific limited areas, there are others that do their deliveries by FedEx, a similar carrier, or their own trucks.