Food has shot up in price recently. We’ve all felt it. But doing the food shop online can be a real money (and time) saver, without the family noticing when it gets to the dinner plate. Here’s how.
Find which supermarkets deliver in your area, and look into the cheapest deals.
- Some offer free delivery for orders over £100 with their own credit card. Worth getting if you use it on nothing else.
- Some have reduced delivery costs for certain weekdays over £70. You could time it for after the kids are in bed.
- Others reduce their delivery cost for an eight-hour slot. Convenient at weekends when someone’s always around.
- Keep a piece of paper stuck to the fridge to jot down things as they run low.
- Sit down one evening and register with the supermarket you’ve chosen.
- If you have one, enter your store card details. This usually imports everything you’ve bought recently into ‘Your Favourites’ so you won’t have to search for them.
- Type what you’re after in the ‘search’ box, or look in the different sections.
- Once you’re finished, book your delivery slot.
- Pay and sign out.
Switching to online food shopping can be quite daunting if you haven’t done it before, and it might feel like more hassle than it’s worth. But give it a try and you’ll soon enjoy the convenience of it!
Here are our top five reasons for loving online food shopping:
- You can shop in the comfort of your own home while the kids sleep. No wasting precious hours while they’re at school. No dragging them around the supermarket with you.
- Rest assured that your food is hand-picked and carefully packed. If something is broken or damaged, give it back when they deliver it (do check your eggs!). Or phone up afterwards and get your money refunded to your card.
- If you forget something you can go back and add it to your order. Not sure if you’ve got a spare jar already? You’re at home: you look in the cupboard to check.
- No lugging heavy bags out of the car. Your shopping is carried to your door for you.
- You can simply search for the product you want. Now that beats wandering the aisles after they’ve redesigned your local store!
Finally, keep these tips in mind and you’ll be sure to save yourself some money or time:
- If you’re shopping with Asda, Tesco, Sainsburys or Ocado, do your shopping first through comparison site MySupermarket. Then click the ‘Swap & Save’ section to get a better deal. Try own brand or value packs – you’ll be surprised how little you notice a difference. You can also swap to lower calorie products. Once you’re done, send your order to the supermarket site to check out.
- If they deliver your order late, even by five minutes, you’ll get a voucher of usually £10 off your next shop.
- Always say “yes” to the substitutes. If they don’t have the value pack you ordered, they’ll give you the brand name product for the price of the one you ordered.
- Check the “special offers” sections: you’ll find some great bargains without having to trawl the aisles.
- After you’ve shopped once, you can select from Your Favourites. You’ll easily see when items you always use are on offer and can stock up.
- It’s so easy to compare prices per 100g or 100ml online. In store it’s almost impossible.
So get online and register. Once you’re converted you’ll wish you’d done this years ago!