Does Online Grocery Shopping Make Sense?
Contrary to what many consumers may think, online grocery shopping isn’t a luxury for the rich and famous. My neighbors know I’m frugal, so when they see Peapod trucks, Oberweis vans and weekly UPS shipments, they wonder what in the world I’m doing. They’re always surprised to find out that the answer to that question is “saving time and money”.
Deals to Be Had
If you’ve ever looked into online grocery shopping, you’ve probably balked at the prices. By the time you add the sometimes-inflated cost of the groceries to the delivery charges, it’s not worth it, right? It can be worth it if you do it the right way.
I use different websites for my online grocery shopping including Peapod.com and Amazon.com. However, I won’t buy anything from either of these sites unless it’s on sale. For example, Amazon.com currently has a promotion with Con Agra foods. Buy $49 of qualifying Con Agra grocery products and get $25 off your order. At half price, this offer makes online grocery shopping very cost-effective.
Coupons are another great way to save money with online grocery shopping. While Amazon.com doesn’t accept manufacturer’s coupons, Peapod.com does. This can save you quite a bit of cash and you can offset the cost of delivery if you combine Peapod specials with manufacturer coupon offers.
Time is Money
Of course, when it comes to online grocery shopping, you have to realize that time (and gas) equates to money. When you do your grocery shopping online, you don’t have to spend time walking through the store and you don’t have to waste gas traveling back and forth. Everything is brought to your door for you.
Remember, online grocery shopping isn’t just for busy executives with cash to spare. Online grocery shopping is for people like you and me — savvy consumers looking for a bargain and ways to save money and time.