It seems that the common denominator in our society these days is that everyone is pressed for time. The AnswerLine staff sampled a meal delivery system last winter. We all enjoyed trying new foods and some new ways to prepare food. Another popular option these days is ordering groceries on-line. A co-worker is considering starting to get her groceries by ordering on-line.
She and I have been evaluating both the cost and convenience of using this type of service. We have been thinking through some of the ways to utilize this service while keeping the time invested to a minimum. In order to take full advantage of this service you really need to be organized. A meal plan for at least the next week would be helpful when making out a grocery order. It may seem daunting to start planning meals if it is not something that you typically do. Of course it is possible to start slowly and plan only a few meals a week at first.
The service we investigated requires a $100 minimum purchase and you have the choice of either picking the groceries up at the store or having them delivered at your home. You also can make a list with foods that you always buy at the grocery store or items that you need for specific circumstances.
My co-worker thought that she may actually pay more attention to the cost of the food while buying on-line and she may make fewer impulse purchases. Sometimes seeing the food in person or touching it caused her to buy things she had not planned on purchasing before she arrived at the store. We also noticed that items that were on sale were marked making it easier to notice sale foods.
I plan to check with her again after she enrolls in the on-line delivery site later this fall. I will have more questions about the real convenience and any additional work this method of grocery shopping requires. Please comment on questions you would like to have answered. We may be able to work together to simplify all our lives.