Online grocery shopping: how to cut supermarket delivery costs

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Order your groceries online? Discover how to cut the cost of getting your supermarket shop delivered straight to your door.

Who actually enjoys supermarket shopping?

Discover how to cut the cost of your weekly shop

Keeping bored kids occupied during endless checkout queues, having your trolley rammed by the supermarket equivalent of white van man, hearing “Unexpected item in bagging area” repeated every 10 seconds…

Joy.

So it’s no surprise that online grocery shopping is becoming increasingly popular in Britain – it’s supermarket shopping without the stress (plus it allows you to order your groceries while sat in your PJs.)

But pretty much all online supermarkets charge for delivery, which can put people off. So how do you get your groceries delivered for less?

Let’s look at each supermarket to see how you can get the best deal.

Ocado

Ocado delivery hours

Ocado deliver between 6am – 11.30pm, seven days a week.

You select a one hour slot for your delivery (convenient as it means you spend less time being round the house waiting for the delivery man to arrive.)

Ocado minimum order value

There is a minimum order charge of £40.

How much does Ocado delivery cost?

Ocado delivery charges range from free to £6.99.

How can you cut Ocado delivery costs?

To get free delivery you need to spend at least £75 (though even then, whether you get free delivery depends on the delivery timeslot).

The cheapest delivery slots for Ocado tend to either be from 9pm onwards, or early morning (6am-7am).

Alternatively you can buy a Smart Pass, which reduces the cost of midweek delivery down to £6.99 a month (if you pay upfront for a year it comes to £5.83 a month). It also offers a 10% discount on many branded products.

Ocado also offer a free Click and Collect service, where you can collect pre-ordered groceries online in-store.

Get Ocado home delivery here.

LIMITED OFFER: Get £10 off your first Ocado shop!

You can currently get £10 off your first shop at Ocado.

You need to spend £50 or more to qualify, but you can easily do your main shop online. Ocado also have a low price promise – they promise that shopping with them will be cheaper than shopping at tesco.com (or they’ll give you a voucher of more than the difference).

To claim your discount, register with Ocado, place your order, and enter the code VOU1304996 as you check out and £10 will automatically be deducted from your bill.

Shop here.

Asda

asda online deliveryAsda delivery hours

Asda deliver between 10am-10pm, seven days a week.

You select a 2 hour slot for your delivery (so you could select a delivery slot of 10am-12pm, or 2pm-4pm, for example).

Asda minimum order value

There is a minimum order value of £25 (not including delivery) for online shopping.

How much does Asda delivery cost?

Asda delivery charges range from £3 – £5.50.

Or you can pay £5 for a 1 Month Delivery Pass, which gives you unlimited deliveries for, yes, 1 month.

How can you cut Asda delivery costs?

Delivery slots appear to be cheaper on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Asda also offer a free Click and Collect service, where you can collect pre-ordered groceries online in-store.

If you do more than one shop a month, it’s cheaper to buy a 1 Month Delivery Pass for £5.

Get Asda home delivery here.

Sainsbury’s

Sainsbury’s delivery hours

Sainsbury’s deliver between 7am-9pm, seven days a week.

Like Ocado, Sainsbury’s offer one-hour delivery slots.

Sainsbury’s minimum order value

There is a minimum order value of £25.

How much does Sainsbury’s delivery cost?

Orders over £40 get charged a delivery fee of between £2.95 and £5.95. Orders under £40 are charged a maximum delivery fee of £6.95. (You must spend at least £25 to get goods delivered).

How can you cut Sainsbury’s delivery costs?

Delivery slots tend to be cheaper on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

If you spend £100 or more on a shop, you can get FREE delivery Monday – Thursday after 2pm.

Get Sainsbury’s home delivery here.

Waitrose

waitrose online deliveryWaitrose delivery hours

Waitrose deliver between 8am and 8pm, seven days a week.

Delivery is only available in two-hour delivery slots.

Waitrose minimum order value

There is a minimum order value of £60 per shop.

How much does Waitrose delivery cost?

Delivery is FREE, regardless of the delivery time slot.

Get Waitrose home delivery here.

LIMITED OFFER: Get £15 OFF your first Waitrose shop!

You can currently get £15 OFF your first online shop at Waitrose.

You need to spend £100 or more, and enter code AQ4H15 at the checkout.

You will also get £10 off your next four shops, as long as you spend £100 or more each time.

See here for details

Tesco

TESCO online deliveryTesco delivery hours

Tesco deliver between 9am and 11pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm on Saturday and between 10am and 3pm on Sunday.

Delivery is only available in two-hour delivery slots.

Tesco minimum order value

There is a minimum order value of £25 per shop.

How much does Tesco delivery cost?

Tesco charges between £1-£6, depending on the day and time of your delivery slot.

How can you cut Tesco’s delivery costs?

The cheapest delivery slots are on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Tesco also has a Delivery Saver scheme. This charges:

Anytime delivery:

  • £6 a month for six months of free deliveries, or
  • £60 for 12 months (this works out 12 months for the price of 10)

Tuesday – Thursday delivery only:

  • This costs £3 a month for six months, or
  • £30 for 12 months (12 months for the price of 10).

For all these options there’s a limit of one delivery per day with a minimum order of £25.

The cheapest delivery slots seem to be on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Get Tesco home delivery here.

LIMITED OFFER: Get £12 off your first online Tesco shop!

You can save £12 off your first online grocery shop at Tesco.

Just spend £60 or more online and enter eCoupon code XXMNT4 at the online checkout.

The £60 spend must be on a single delivery on or before 25 November 2014.

Get £12 off at Tesco here.

How to get the most value out of your online shop

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  • Plan ahead. If you’ve got the storage space (a big freezer helps) you can order shopping for the month in one go. This cuts down on delivery costs (and if you spend enough, Ocado, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s offer free delivery).
  • Split the cost. If you and your neighbours shop at the same supermarket, you could consider combining your online shop and splitting the delivery charge. Another plus point: you and your neighbour can take turns being in for the delivery. (The downside? You’ll have to spend a few minutes sorting out what shopping belongs to who when it arrives).
  • Loyalty doesn’t pay. Supermarkets love new customers (often running decent offers for first time buyers to tempt you in). Take advantage of these by using more than one online shopping provider. Also, if a supermarket has you down as a customer and then sees you haven’t bought anything from them for a while, they often send you vouchers or promos to try and win you back…
  • Sign-up for emails. If you don’t mind getting more emails, it can be worth signing up to supermarket newsletters as they sometimes have grocery offers. It can be worth keeping an eye on supermarket Twitter and Facebook pages for the same reason.
  • Complain to gain. If service has been particularly poor or the delivery charge suddenly shoots up, don’t be shy in phoning up or firing off a quick email to the customer services department. Many supermarkets will cut you a deal (or sometimes send you some goodwill vouchers) in order to keep your custom.

Save more time and money

It’s amazing how much you can save on your online grocery shopping by planning some of your meals in advance: meals that are delicious, but cheap and healthy too.

Don’t have the time to plan meals? We’ve done all the work for you with our free regular meal plans – guaranteed to take the hassle out of both shopping and cooking!

Try our meal plans here.

Also, don’t forget to regularly check our supermarket best buys, and have a look at how you can get paid to do your supermarket shop.