Ever wonder how you go into the grocery store with your food list and envelope of coupons but still come out going over budget? Who really loves going to the grocery store anyway? Large crowds, shopping carts always blocking your aisle, long lines at check out, and the ever so clever money-sucking endcaps. I shop once a month in bulk, and I do it all from the comfort 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.
Here are 3 basic tips to get you started and saving!
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 Peapod or Amazon Grocery. Always figure in the fee to shop and delivery into your food budget, that way there won’t be any surprises at check out.
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.
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.
So 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 grocery shopped online? Share with us your experience and tips below!
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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