I’ve shopped for food online for the past 6 years. I find that online shopping gives me the freedom to buy what I want, without being drawn into buying BOGOF offers that we don’t actually need. The Online Shopping tool that I use remembers what I’ve ordered before so it’s very easy to find something that we’ve already had.
As I mealplan, to keep costs down and reduce waste, I find that online ordering allows me to ensure that I only buy what’s required for each week. I suffered with Pelvic Girdle Dysfunction (PGD also known as SPD) when I was pregnant and I haven’t been able to push a trolley since so I like the fact that someone else is doing all the heavy lifting for me!
I found that when I was pregnant and in those first few months after my daughter arrived, having my shopping delivered was a a sanity saver. I really couldn’t cope with the concept of wandering around a supermarket with a tiny baby, trying to follow my shopping list and then needing to try to push a trolley and look after baby and shop. It just wasn’t going to happen. I know a lot of people don’t like online shopping because you can’t select your own vegetables or fruit, but we get round this by using an Organic Box Delivery service that provides us with fresh fruit and vegetables.
I’ve summarised a few Pro’s and Con’s of online shopping.
- You only buy what you need
- You can keep within budget much easier
- You can bulk buy when offers are on
- You don’t have to do the heavy lifting
- You have to pay for delivery (I counteract this by factoring in the cost of driving/petrol to the supermarket and we also use the option of a Delivery Pass. The delivery pass ensures that each delivery is free. As long as it is over £40 we can order as many times as we like for free. We pay a £6 fee for a month, which is often the cost of one delivery with other suppliers!)
- You don’t get to choose your own fruit and veg
I know that online shopping is a personal preference, some people like being able to choose their own food and enjoy the shopping experience. I don’t mind the shopping experience, but if it means that I can do my food shopping in 5 minutes (I can set up an online order in 1 minute, by copying the previous order, although I’ve never done this!) and allows me to spend more time with my family, this can only be a good thing.
If you are about to have a baby, I cannot recommend online shopping enough, at least for the first three months!
Have you tried Online Shopping and if yes, who were your preferred Supermarkets/Deliverers?