This new version of grocery shopping online is to order your groceries online and then drive to the store in 15-20 minutes. You pull into a designated parking spot and use the call box to let the store know you are there. An employee comes out with your groceries, loads your car and you are on your way. (The question is, do you tip them for this?)
The older version offered by the competing store in the area is to grocery shop online, then have your groceries delivered to your door, at a time that is convenient for you.
Of course, there are advantages and disadvantages to grocery shopping online. Below I look at the pro’s and con’s of grocery shopping online.
Saves Time: Obviously, if you don’t have to drive to the grocery store to actually shop, it is going to save you time. From my understanding, when you log into your online account, you have the saved items you order the most on the main screen. So instead of searching for items on the website, you can just click away since most of your items are right there.
Saves Money: You could save money when you grocery shop online. This is because you won’t be tempted to buy food you don’t really need. It’s easy to overspend when at the grocery store, with all of the great looking packaging and the sales signs grabbing your attention. Plus there is the waiting in the checkout line that does many people in. Finally, you have shopping when hungry, which is a big no-no.
When you grocery shop online, you don’t have these temptations. You actually have to search out the products you would be tempted to buy and most won’t do this, thus saving money.
Costs Money: Getting your groceries online, regardless if you go to pick them up or have them delivered costs money. For the store that we would pick up our groceries from, the fee is $5. For home delivery, the fee depends on the size of your order. When I look at our average order size, we would pay around $15 per order.
Since we grocery shop 4 times a month on average, that is a cost of $20 to $60 for this service.
Makes Us Lazy: Grocery shopping online makes us lazy, plain and simple. For some people, walking around at the grocery store is the only exercise they get. Without doing this, they would sit on the couch even more. Personally, I want to be as active as possible. All of these studies showing how unhealthy sitting for long periods is scares me.
Grocery Shop Online: What’s The Verdict?
So is grocery shopping online worth it? I guess it really depends on your individual situation. For my wife and me, we haven’t tried it out yet. Mainly because we don’t have a need for it and the cost. We have the time to drive to the grocery store and shop.
We shop with a list (and buy things on sale) and very seldom do we stray from that list. Plus, our typical trip to the grocery store costs us between $50-$60. If we were to use the online services, we would see a dramatic increase in our monthly grocery bill.