I would say I’m organized about 99% of the time I go grocery shopping. During the week, I have an ongoing list of items we’re running out of. On Friday, I check the flyers to see what items are on sale, what I should stock up on and what items can I price match. I go through my coupons and see if there are any I can use. I make sure to bring several reusable grocery bags with me to get points towards free groceries. I try to eat something before I go, because we all know the consequences of shopping for groceries while hungry!
Yet I hate it. Hate it with a burning passion. I hate grocery shopping almost as much as I hate cooking.
I try to do some of my grocery shopping during the week, when it’s less busy, but sometimes there’s not enough time and I have to go on the weekends. I hate it when people park their grocery cart right in the MIDDLE of the aisle and stare at their grocery list, making it hard for me to maneuver around them. I hate it when people when have twice as many items in the express line. One or two extra items is fine, but twenty items, when the sign clearly says “1-10”?!?!? I guess they can’t count properly. I hate trying to bag my groceries (and trying to quickly decide in my head what items should be bagged together and what shouldn’t) and pay for them at the same time because the next customer is ready to go. I hate having to lug my heavy groceries from the car to the house and having to put them away.
Okay, so you get the gist of how much I hate grocery shopping.
I’ve done online shopping for clothes, so why haven’t I tried online grocery shopping?
Good question. I have no idea. I first heard about it through my university sweetheart. He didn’t have a car, so he was ordering his groceries through a company called Grocery Gateway. I was fortunate to have my parents come on the weekends and either give me groceries or take me grocery shopping. Sometimes they would take my then-boyfriend grocery shopping as well (his parents lived much further away). The odd times I went grocery shopping on my own, I would use my HUGE expedition backpack and stuff as much food as I could into it.
I thought of online grocery shopping as something more for students, but now that I think about it, it is convenient for all sorts of people: extremely busy people on the go, people who don’t drive or don’t have cars, the elderly, people with mobility issues and even people with young kids.
Some facts I got from the Grocery Gateway website:
A minimum purchase of $45.00 is required.
There’s an $11.95 delivery fee.
Delivery can be as early as 6 am.
Many delivery windows are 90 min long and they call you 15 min ahead to let you know they’re on the way.
You can even order beer!
You don’t need to tip the delivery person and you can even pay upon delivery with debit.
I entered my postal code to see if they delivered in my area and they do.
While this may not be enough for you to make an informed decision, you can always check out the website for more information and try the service yourself.
On average, I spend about $300/month on groceries for two people which is $75 a week plus gas and my time spent there. I know I would be paying more for the convenience and most likely more for the price of groceries since they are only coming from one slightly higher end grocery store. I may even end up having to do little trips if I forget something. I guess it all boils down to how much you value your time. While you are waiting for your groceries to be delivered, you can be doing other things around the house or even relaxing. You wouldn’t have to deal with the crowds.
Basically, it would be one less thing for me to do on my to-do list.
Have you ever tried online grocery shopping? What was your experience like? Would you ever consider trying online grocery shopping if they delivered to your area?