If you don’t have a car or find it difficult to get to the supermarket then of course ordering your groceries online makes sense. However, more and more people are doing their weekly supermarket shop online for a whole host of reasons.
While it may be time-consuming when you get used to finding the products and offers you want, it’s normally quicker than visiting the real supermarket. You can also save favourite lists and consult previous orders which can be a real-time saving boon, especially if you tend to buy the same products week in week out.
If you’ve back trouble or are pregnant than not having to lift heavy bags in and out of the car is a great bonus. Most online supermarkets will deliver your shopping direct into your kitchen for you but not all, so check before ordering if this is something that’s important to you. You may just prefer a supermarket that is further from home.
Make the most of valuable new customer offers by searching online for them or look for leaflets in store. Some require a discount code. Tesco are currently offering £10 off a £50 shop with coupon code, XXPPPC. Ocado are offering 15% off your first order, no code required.
Apart from well-known supermarkets a number of companies offer food delivery services, especially of locally produced or organic produce. Abel and Cole offer an organic box service for vegetables and fruit but it is also possible to buy a range of other goods including meat, diary and bakery products and have these delivered to your door along with your vegetable box.
Our top tips to make the most of grocery shopping online:
- Just like in the real supermarket clever buying of offers can save you money. Online offers tend to be the same as in store.
- If your order is not quite enough to qualify for free delivery stock up on some non-perishable goods (e.g. tins) or add some toiletries or household products.
- Sign up to two or three retailers to make the most of the best offers.
- Don’t forget to enter any loyalty card details (e.g. Nectar card, Tesco Clubcard) so you can earn points on your shopping
Don’t forget you don’t have to online shop every week. You could have an online delivery once a fortnight or once a month and use this to stock up on bulky items and still visit the supermarket for weekly or top-up shops in between times.