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Supermarket Sweep: Online Grocery Shopping Saves You Money

UPDATED 4/2020 by Briana Hartzell 
 

Grocery shopping has become more complicated since the COVID-19 pandemic. It is an essential business and rightfully so, but how can you mitigate exposure risk, but still obtain the groceries and supplies you need? Skip the large crowds, shopping cart germs and the long lines at check out, by grocery shopping online. Even before the pandemic, I tried to shop once a month in bulk in the comfort and safety of my home. With a family of four, we are continually looking for ways that can help stretch our dollar, and it really does shave off around $100 a month from our bill. Bulk shopping has also been proven to help save money, especially when you are spending money on items that you know you will need. There is no secret to online grocery shopping, but in order to get started as well as save money – there are a few basics you should keep in mind from military spouse, Angela Caban. 

 

Here are 3 basic tips to get you started and saving while shopping for groceries online: 

 

Find the service for you. 

Since we live in a rural area, we stick to our local supermarket that offers the shop from home service. They are affordable, only charge a fee of $10 to shop, and $10 to deliver. On the months when they offer special promotions and I receive $20-30 off my order, I have them deliver to my home. If there are no promotions, I just pick up via curbside. If your local store does not offer shop from home, check out Walmart or other food delivery services such as Shipt, Peapod or Amazon (which has Whole Foods Delivery and grocery delivery options). Always figure in the fee to shop and delivery into your food budget, that way there won’t be any surprises at check out. 

 

Shop smart. 

My favorite tool for online grocery shopping has always been the shopping cart. If I see I am nearing my budget, but have not yet finished my list, I go back and re-evaluate the needs vs. wants. It is always helpful to have that amount in front of you, as opposed to tallying the amount in your head and then being shocked when you get to check out.  

Don’t forget… 

  • You’re organized. With online shopping, you tend to stick to your list. There is no wandering through the store trying to find an item. 
  • No impulse buys. If you're not wandering the store, you can’t be tempted. Especially when kids are involved. 
  • Bulk saves. Many online grocery stores and sites offer promotions when you buy in bulk. What should you buy in bulk? 
    -Toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates (remember to not hoard - get what you need) 
    -Laundry detergent, soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste 
    -Vitamins/supplements 
    -Non-perishable food such as; cereal, canned goods or drinks 

 

You always know the sales 

Before you even start your shopping, you have access to view any ongoing sales or coupons. You can browse and easily add to your shopping cart. Have extra coupons? When you pick up your groceries or have them delivered – most online grocery stores will scan them. 
 
Don’t stop clipping.  

You may not need to physically clip coupons, but don’t forget to look for online codes and digital coupons. Again, depending on which service you use, there can be many digital coupons available. I like to use Coupons.com, as they have both coupon options. 

 

Have you switched to grocery shopped online? Share with us your experience and tips below and stay safe.  

 

About the blogger:  
Angela Caban is an Army National Guard spouse, freelance writer, published author and branding expert. Her husband was one of the many soldiers impacted by the unprecedented activation of the National Guard in 2008. In 2010, she founded the Homefront United Network, a military spouse and family support blog created to assist spouses who do not live near an installation, but also focusing on bridging the gap between National Guard, Reserve and Active Duty spouses. She is also co-founder of SpouseTalks. As a branding and digital influencer, she has created content for A&E, Lifetime Network and PBS. She has an extensive background in Human Resources and Communications, with her Bachelor’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Human Resources. Angela resides in the beautiful Garden State of New Jersey with her husband and two children. 

 

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