Online Grocery Shopping Cut My Bill in Halfby Tim Manni
I recently signed up with my local grocer to take advantage of their “shop from home” program. The system allows customers to shop for groceries right from their computer. While the system is ideal for those looking to avoid the crowded isles, it’s also an efficient way to save big on your food bill.
Signing up was as easy as entering an email address and creating a password. After selecting the location for pickup (if your grocery store is a chain), I was ready to begin.
After the first time I used “shop from home” I was astounded at how easy the process was. My grocery store had ample parking spaces at their designated pick up location, and enough staff to bring out my bags and even load them in my car.
The second time I used “shop from home” I filled my digital cart with enough groceries — with everything from salmon to ice cream — and my total came to just over $70. However, I never submitted my order, deciding to see how I could do on my own.
As the cashier rang up my last item I ended up spending $135 dollars — nearly double what I would have spent if I decided to shop from home.
Once at the store (and without my list), I opened myself up to fall victim of impulse buys, two-for-one deals, and items that I didn’t need. My focus automatically shifted from “need buying” to “want buying.”
For more cost saving tips on food shopping, be sure to check out financial experts Ken and Daria Dolan’s “10 Insider Tips to Save Big at the Supermarket.”