Save Money When You Buy Groceries Online
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Save Money When You Buy Groceries Online

Posted on Saturday, June 25th, 2011 at 10:12 am
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Grocery shopping can sometimes be stressful and time-consuming. First you have to brave the traffic to get there, then spend who-knows-how-many minutes searching for a parking space. Once inside there are the grumpy shoppers, lengthy check-out lines and the oh-so-tempting junk food beautifully displayed at the end of every aisle. Even on a good day grocery shopping can still be time-consuming. But there is a faster and easier way to buy groceries. Did you know you can buy your groceries online and have them shipped right to your door? This sounds too good to be true, right? I thought so too, but you can actually save money (and a lot of time) when you buy your groceries online!

Where Can I Order Groceries Online?

Amazon Grocery and Netgrocer are two of the top online grocery websites, offering nationwide shipping with few restrictions. Amazon offers a wide range of non-perishable items with great discounts for subscription items that you want to have delivered on a regular schedule, so this is a great place to get the essentials and keep them coming with no effort on your part. Netgrocer also offers a plethora of non-perishable items as well as some frozen items. The one disadvantage with online grocers who offer nationwide shipping is that you can’t always order perishable foods. For perishable foods you might choose to order from a regional supplier. Albertsons currently offers regional delivery in eight areas, with the option for home delivery or in-store pick-up. Safeway also offers regional grocery shipping from their store locations. You can find a more comprehensive list of regional online grocery suppliers at There are even online grocers specializing in organic, cultural and specialty grocery items as well as international delivery. You can really find everything online!

Why Should I Order Groceries Online?

Not only does buying groceries online save time and energy, it can also save money. First of all, when you are simply adding virtual groceries to your online cart it is much easier to pass up the impulse buys (or easily and discreetly remove them from your cart with just one click). Impulse buys often make up a large portion of our grocery bills, as discussed in “5 Tricks that Stores Use to Get You to Spend.” Besides the reduced pressure for impulse buys online, online grocers often offer deals to new customers, such as free delivery. You can also find coupons for your online grocery orders. For example, Vons offers discount coupons for new online customers as well as coupons for free shipping. Some online grocers also accept your in-store coupons and loyalty savings cards online. For example, Albertsons offers Preferred Savings by using your Albertsons Preferred Card on your online orders. Other online grocery sites, such as Netgrocer, feature their specials under one easy-to-find tab, saving you the time of meandering up and down aisles searching for the sales. Another benefit to buying your groceries online is that you can stock up on the essentials when they are on sale without having to lug it all through a parking lot to your car! Instead, it all comes right to your door.

Plus, did you know that you can even use coupon codes to increase your savings when you order groceries online? It is true. Click here to find grocery store coupons.


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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.