Updated: Aug 20, 2020
We've all heard the saying work smarter not harder. If you haven't discovered the many benefits of doing your grocery shopping online, here are a few reasons to make the switch. I have to admit, since I've become a convert I've quickly realised its many benefits!
1. YOU SAVE SO MUCH MONEY
Who doesn't love saving money? Since shifting over to doing my grocery shopping online rather than in store I am no longer visually bombarded upon entry which makes it so much easier to stay on budget. There's no temptation to impulse buy those "unbelievable" special offers or grab an item "just in case". I can't recall the number of times I have been in shock at the checkout because of all the sale items, extra treats and special offers that I or the hubby carelessly threw into our trolley thinking we were "saving" so much money on all these amazing deals.
Probably one of the best features of an online shop is the running tally of your spend which gives you a real time account of what you are spending. Recently I decided to give myself a challenge to only spend approximately $100-120 a week and it's been achievable thanks to the running tally that lets me assess if I really need an item in that week's shop. If I have extra items on my list that are over budget I then decide if they are necessary or if they can go into the next week's shop and place them on the new list for the following week and I have to say, overall, it's been a system that's been working well.
It is also comforting to know that if there's a mistake with your order (e.g. wrong item or quality control) you can simply call customer service and they will promptly credit you the cost of the item back to your online account to use on your next shop without having to drive all the way back to the store to get things sorted out. (This has happened to me a couple of times with my Coles shop.)
And last but not least, the specific "specials" section allows you to check for specials in any category and easily compare for the best possible value which is so much easier to do from your computer than having to worry about being in someone's way or feeling rushed to make choice.
2. IT IS HELPS YOU EAT HEALTHIER
Another huge benefit of grocery shopping online is that I find myself mainly buying whole foods because we (and by we I actually mean the hubby) is no longer tempted by the bakery, junk and processed food sections or treats that are strategically placed to grab your attention. Our online shop is now full of nutritious foods and unless I have a special occasion to plan for I am not the least bit tempted to add snack and processed foods like potato chips, biscuits, ice-cream etc. to our shop that would probably have ended up in our trolley had we been walking through the aisles in store.
3. IT IS SAFER & MORE HYGIENIC
Have you ever considered that that trolley you're pushing around is handled non-stop and most probably covered in bacteria? Yep think about it, people who might not have washed their hands after using the restroom, people who are dealing with a cold or flu and then handling the trolley you have next, trolleys with kiddie seats that are probably NEVER sanitised and even parents who allow their kids to ride in the trolley shoes and all - you can quickly see how shopping trolleys can be literally teeming with germs and bacteria. While it is good that some grocery stores have introduced hand sanitiser and wipes (that I hope stay forevermore) grocery stores generally have a high density of people throughout the store making it a hot spot to catch something, especially during cold and flu season. And the checkout is another germ fest to be wary of because the self-checkout requires you to touch screens that aren't regularly sanitised and a checkout with a person means that person has to touch thousands of items a day and be in contact with hundreds of people, so for those who have serious health conditions, an online shop makes a much safer option.
4. LESS STRESS
When you have small children, every moment in your day is precious and an online grocery shop can save you a world of stress because you can avoid the epic task of of getting the kids ready and in the car, then getting them in the trolley or ensuring they are staying close to you the whole time and then explaining to them why they can't have 10 packets of Cadbury chocolate and then dealing with their tantrum when they don't like your explanation of why they can't have 10 packets of Cadbury chocolate, followed by getting your groceries and everyone packed and back in the car to go home again - doesn't it all sound so exhausting. Why not do yourself and your sanity a favour and do an online shop!