Food prices in South Africa are at an all-time high and seem to be constantly increasing. That and the stress of trying to navigate the busy aisles and wasting precious time in the queue are all reasons why so many people are turning to the convenience of online grocery shopping.
It also provides a number of ways that you can save money. Cleverly laid out online grocery stores will have highlighted discount products, and you can always keep an eye on the total cost so there are no nasty shocks when you get to checkout.
Here are a few ways shopping for food online saves time, money and stress:
1. Helps you stick to a budget
If you are trying to manage your food budget carefully, then it’s easier to do this online. No more walking the aisles with a calculator, or rushing to take things out of your trolley as the overall amount increases with every beep. You can easily place things in your online trolley and then reconsider once you see the total amount, adjusting your weekly meal plan to fit your budget before you hand over the cash.
2. Easier to plan a weekly menu upfront
Shopping lists are important when it comes to sticking to a budget, but when distracted in a busy grocery store, and unable to remember whether you have something in your pantry at home or not, it’s easy to forget things that you need or double up on what you already have. When planning your weekly shop online, check your cupboards as you go, so you don’t buy something you already have, or omit something you need.
3. Compare and save
Online supermarkets will have ways that you can view what is on offer, or what the specials are at that time, so you can compare the prices of your usual brands with others that might be cheaper. If something with a long shelf life, such as dishwashing liquid or shampoo, is on offer, it might be a good idea to buy it in bulk and save. However, it’s important to stick to what you need and not just buy something because it’s at a discounted price.
4. Choose a cheaper grocery delivery time
You can save money on the delivery of your groceries by checking and choosing the best delivery time. The weekend slots are often more expensive, so try and organise someone to be at home during a certain time on a weekday and select one of the cheaper slots.
5. Select filter from low to high
By filtering the products and the order in which they appear, you can ensure you don’t get distracted by what you don’t need. This will also ensure that the best valued products come up on your screen first, so it’s easier to see what is the best value, without having to scour the shelves.
6. Reduces impulse purchases
Because you’re not browsing the aisles and are rather searching directly for the specific products you need, online grocery shopping can help you cut down on impulse buys. If you know that you have a specific weakness, like when you are wandering down the biscuit aisle, for example, you can easily avoid these products. Plus, as mentioned earlier, the total cost of your shop is constantly there to remind you that impulse buys are making a difference to the overall amount you are spending.
7. Saves regular items for future shopping
Once you get the hang of online grocery shopping, you can build a list of items that you know you’ll need on a weekly or monthly basis and just double-check the products are still the most cost-effective. This will save you both time and money.
The information contained in this article is for information purposes only and does not constitute professional advice.
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