Everyday Cheapskate: Many Benefits of Online Grocery Shopping
There are few things more annoying than stopping at the supermarket to pick up a few things and hauling bags of groceries into the house only to discover you have nothing for dinner. Or putting everything away only to realize you totally forgot the one thing that prompted you to stop at the store in the first place.
Online grocery shopping isn't for everyone. But if you are prone to impulse shopping or regularly go way over what you intended to spend on groceries for the week, shopping for your groceries online might actually save you money. Online grocery shopping has actually become a total game changer for me.
NO MORE IMPULSE BUYS
There's something about a grocery store that opens the door to my inner 6-year-old. Oh, look! Donuts, flowers, fresh corn on the cob! Wow, I forgot I need a new Bundt pan. My best intentions are tested and rarely come out the winner. But discovering that I can do my grocery shopping online has put my inner impulsive self into an extended period of hibernation.
FINDING THE OPTION THAT IS ACTUALLY CHEAPER
I'm still stunned by how cool it is to sit at home with my laptop and have the entire contents of my supermarket at my fingertips. I can search for specific items, and, with a single click, see my options -- including price, size and product label -- so I can make the best choice.
WATCHING MY REAL BALANCE, NOT AN ESTIMATE I HAVE IN MY HEAD
Sitting in front of my computer and placing items into my online cart, I can watch my running balance and exactly what I have in the cart. I don't get that unexpected surprise at checkout. It's easy to "put things back" when I see the balance climbing needlessly.
GETTING THE BEST DEALS WITHOUT FEELING PRESSURED
Sitting at home alone, it's easy to plan the week's menus. I can check the pantry, fridge and freezer so I'm not rebuying what I have already. I have time to make good choices.