Welcome to the third part of our blog series about on-line grocery shopping. If you did not see the first two parts of this series, here are the links to the overview and the pros of on-line grocery shopping. Today we are going to look at, what I think, are the cons to on-line grocery shopping.
The first challenge that I have with on-line grocery shopping is the PRODUCE.
- I like to look around the produce section to see what looks best and is the best value. I cannot do this when looking at the pictures of the produce on-line.
- Someone else chooses your produce for you, so you may not get what you would usually choose for yourself. However, I have received good quality produce in my experiences so far.
The second challenge that I have with on-line grocery shopping is LEAVING AN ITEM OFF.
- It usually happens that I forget to buy something or that an item is unavailable. This leaves me in a bind when I am trying to make a meal later in the week. I either have to make a special trip to the store or use what I have on hand to make a substitution.
- When this happens, I cannot do on-line shopping for the single item because they have a minimum order cost ($30 at one store and $100 at the other). However, at one of the stores you can pay a fee if your order is under the minimum cost.
The third challenge that I have with on-line grocery shopping is PERSONAL.
- I am a food person, so I like to look around at all the different foods in the store. I do not get this chance with on-line shopping.
- I like to take my children to the store so they can learn about shopping and choosing foods.
- I cannot use re-usable bags with on-line grocery shopping.
I feel like I have balanced these challenges well with alternating on-line and in-store grocery shopping. I think the pros of on-line grocery shopping outweigh the cons and I plan to continue with on-line grocery shopping.
Welcome to the second part of our blog series about on-line grocery shopping. I hope you enjoyed our overview last week. This week I would like to tell you about all of the things I think are great about on-line grocery shopping.
The first thing that I like about on-line grocery shopping is the TIME SAVINGS.
- It only takes me about 30 minutes to select the foods I want and set up my pickup/delivery time.
- I do not need to fight the crowd in the store or in the parking lot.
- I do not have to take my children into the store.
- The grocery store staff load up my car or help me carry my groceries into my house.
The second thing I like about on-line grocery shopping is the MONEY SAVINGS.
- It is easy to stick to my budget because I can see the total price increasing as I add foods to my cart.
- I can easily add or take away food items as needed to fit my budget and my needs.
- There is no temptation to buy the extra things displayed around the store, so I avoid impulse buys.
- I have all of the information on the website to determine unit prices and compare products easily.
The third thing I like about on-line grocery shopping is the KINDNESS of the staff.
- I have had great experiences with the grocery store staff being very kind and helpful.
- The staff do a great job of explaining any substitutions that were made.
- The staff make a point of keeping fragile foods (bread, eggs) safe.
Overall, I think that on-line grocery shopping is a great experience and it is very helpful, especially when I do not have a lot of time. I would recommend on-line grocery shopping to anyone who wants to try it.
Have you tried on-line grocery shopping yet? If not, tune into our blog for the next three weeks as we look at what on-line grocery shopping is and the pros and cons of on-line grocery shopping. If you have, send us a comment over the next three weeks and let us know about your experiences. Today I am going to give you an overview of on-line grocery shopping as I have experienced it.
Who: Justine Hoover. I plan meals and buy food for a family of five including my husband, an eight year old son, a six year old daughter, a two year old son, and myself.
What: On-line grocery shopping. I plan my meals and make my grocery list as usual. Then I log in to my account on the store website, choose my groceries, pay, and set up a time to get my groceries.
When: Every other week. I actually go grocery shopping once per week, but I have been alternating on-line grocery shopping with going to the store to shop. I do this because I like to shop at different grocery stores and two of my favorite stores do not have on-line shopping. I also like to take my children shopping with me sometimes so they can learn how to grocery shop.
Where: Two stores. There are two grocery stores in the community where I live that offer on-line grocery shopping. Both stores have grocery pickup – I drive my van up to a designated parking space, notify the store that I have arrived (either by calling or through an app), and then they load my groceries into my van. One of the stores has grocery delivery – they bring the groceries directly to my home.
Why: Three reasons. I decided to start on-line grocery shopping for many reasons, but here are the top three.
- Convenience – it is so easy to order groceries from my home and either have them delivered to my door or loaded into my van.
- Cost control – I can stick to my grocery budget much more easily because the website tracks my costs as I add items to my cart, and shopping on-line cuts down on impulse buys.
- Children – I had three children home with me all day, every day this past summer. I usually enjoy taking them shopping with me, but we decided there were other things we wanted to do with our time this past summer.
So far, these have been my experiences with on-line grocery shopping. Overall, they have been very good and I am excited to share the details with you. Join me for the next two weeks as I look more deeply into the pros and cons of on-line grocery shopping for my family.