It may seem that ordering groceries for home delivery is a luxury for those not on a tight budget. But actually, home delivery will save you money, and not just on gasoline.
Today, practically every major and specialty supermarket offers home delivery. Amazon Prime, for instance, offers free grocery delivery, same day as ordered, with an annual Prime membership which will cost you around $100. Or AmazonFresh delivers for a monthly subscription fee of $14.99 per month. Safeway and Whole Foods deliver for very modest delivery fees or you can purchase a yearly membership. Other supermarkets have various delivery programs or fees set according to volume or the total of your purchase. You can also keep an eye out for coupons that many supermarkets publish offering free delivery as part of their marketing scheme. Best approach, if you are not wed to a particular outlet, is to try them all and see which one provides the best service and prices. In all cases home delivery will save you money and here are 5 reasons why.
- No More Impulse Shopping. How many times do we go to the supermarket, with a written or mental list that contains maybe a dozen necessary items, and return home with a carload of groceries and a total bill hundreds of dollars more than we ever intended to spend? What happens? As we cruise through the aisles looking for the stuff we need, our eyes catch all the appealing displays of stuff we don’t need. The stores are designed for this purpose and we easily fall prey, especially if we are hungry, which is typically the case when stopping by the grocery store at the end of the work day. If you take your kids with you, you can be sure to go over budget. When you order for home delivery, you buy exactly what you need, you can munch while you order, and you retire the impulse shopping.
- No More Wasted Food. As you place your order you can scan your refrigerator to determine what items need replenishing. Unless we make an airtight list before heading to the supermarket, chances are we will try to do this inventory mentally and usually end up buying items we already have or forget to buy something we actually need. Buying perishables unnecessarily means an item will pass the expiration date and need to be thrown away, wasting money and food. When you are inventorying as you order, you will not forget anything, and there will be no need to return to the market again to pick up that forgotten item…saving you money and time.
- Time is Money. Considerable time is invested in grocery shopping: searching for the items, comparing prices and brands, and then of course, time spent standing in line waiting to pay, which, depending upon the day and time, could be considerable. In-store time plus the time you spend traveling there and back adds up. When you order from home, search platforms easily and quickly bring you to the items you want, with all the relevant information. Ordering home delivery will give you more time for family, friends or for that special freelance project you have been wanting to start if only you had the time.
- You Stay on Budget. If you have a tight monthly budget like most of us, overspending at the grocery store will give you considerable financial stress. As you shop online for home delivery, the app gives you a running tab so you can easily see how you are doing vis-a-vis your budget. You can attempt to do this in the grocery store too, using your calculator or keeping a mental tab, but inevitably we make mistakes or forget to input a price and end up at the checkout counter over budget and more than the cash we have on hand, forcing us to put the bill on a credit card, adding to our credit card debt. When ordering for home delivery, if you see that you are close to going over your budget, you can delete an item from the list, or prioritize and when you checkout, you will be exactly where you want to be.
- You Don’t Miss Out on the Sales. Online shopping apps are great at keeping you informed about sales. When you see an item is on sale, you can stock up on it. This will save you money from future purchases when the item is back to its regular price.