In 2020, thanks to the Internet, there are now so many ways to streamline processes in your house and save time on regular chores. One of the most beneficial developments is online grocery shopping, which lets you stock up your kitchen cupboards in a simple, flexible, and convenient way.
Not only is it better for your schedule, but it also helps you to save time and money, and reduces your stress. No longer will you have to worry about forgetting one ingredient or buying too much of an item that you already have — online grocery shopping helps you to stay organized.
Whether you choose a curbside pickup or a scheduled delivery from Union Coop delivery, read on for five essential benefits of doing your grocery shopping online.
1. You save time.
One of the most significant benefits of opting to do your grocery shopping online is that you are able to save yourself a considerable amount of time. You no longer need to drive to the store, waste time walking around, and then queue to pay. Instead, with online grocery shopping, you can do it at a time that suits you — whether that’s first-thing in the morning or late at night when the rest of your work is done.
If you are a parent, then you know that taking your children grocery shopping with you is rarely a fun activity. By doing it online after they go to bed, you don’t have to deal with trying to get it done with them in tow. Additionally, instead of wasting a chunk of your day walking up and down the aisles, you can have your cart filled with just a couple of clicks.
All in all, choosing to do your grocery shopping online means having additional time to do what you love.
2. It is flexible.
Aside from helping you save time, you can choose not only when you do your online grocery shopping, but also where you do it. In some cases, you may want to put your order in from the sofa while watching TV; in other cases, it may be more convenient to do it from your office while on your lunch break.
The point is that online grocery shopping, such as from Al Adil online, is significantly more flexible than in-store, and you don’t have to worry about lengthy cashier lines!
Furthermore, while someone will have to be present when the groceries are delivered, you can arrange a delivery time frame that suits your schedule. Alternatively, you may be able to do curbside pickup, which means that you will be able to pull up to the store and have your groceries loaded into your vehicle at a specified time.
3. You can ensure you get the best deals.
Once you start shopping online, you will realize that it is an easy way to cut down on food-related costs. For starters, you don’t have to worry about saving coupons or remembering when deals are happening, as online shoppers are offered the same prices and sales as in-store shoppers. However, in many cases, you may find that grocery stores have further online-only discounts.
That being said, sometimes you want to compare prices between a couple of options. When grocery shopping online, you can do this in a pressure-free environment without worrying about other shoppers and the ticking clock. Instead, take your time curating your cart so that you get all the items you need at the right price for you. Grocery shopping shouldn’t be stressful. Start doing it online and notice how it helps to reduce your anxiety.
4. It helps you stick to your list.
Let’s face it — who hasn’t experienced coming face to face with an item in the grocery store and feeling the urge to grab it and toss it into their shopping cart, even if they hadn’t originally planned on buying it?
Grocery stores are full of tempting goods that are sure to catch your eye: your favorite bag of chips, a bottle of creamy sauce that your kids love on pasta, a block of cheese or chocolate that would be perfect for the cheeseboard at the next movie night at home with your spouse.
Shopping online isn’t entirely different. You’re sure to scroll through the product pages and find something that you wish you could buy, but is not on your current shopping list.
If the goal is to stick to your budget, then buying groceries online can be an advantage because you can see the entire list and the total cost of your shopping cart at all times. This makes it much easier to ensure that you are only purchasing what you need right now.
Of course, you can always take note of the other items you’ve seen and make a plan to include those in your next shopping list. That way, you’ll presently stay on budget, and you’ll also have an idea for the next round of snacks or meals at your house.
5. It helps you to stay organized.
How many times have you been wandering around a grocery store, and you can’t quite remember if you need more of a particular spice or if you have any pasta/cereal/peanut butter left in the pantry? Chances are, it has happened several times to you.
Luckily, by opting to do online grocery shopping, you can check your cupboards and fridge before making a purchasing decision. Say goodbye to the days of having duplicates of some items and not enough of others!
Another way it makes life easier for you is by enabling you to shop by history. This means that once you have used an online grocery shopping service once, you can select items for your next order from what you have previously purchased. This is particularly beneficial if you often buy the same staple items week after week.
If you forget an item, in many cases, you can continue adding items to your virtual shopping cart, up until the day of delivery to your home. This is undoubtedly a lot easier than having to return to the grocery store for one ingredient that you forgot.
Have you started to do your grocery shopping online? Why or why not? Let us know your thoughts and any relevant experiences in the comments below!
Xavi Nunes is the Co-Founder and CMO at El Grocer, a digital platform for grocery stores and specialty and gourmet shops in the UAE. The company is reinventing the grocery shopping experience, integrating the best local stores into the mobile-first environment.