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When you have a family, it can be difficult to find the time to go grocery shopping. It’s hard enough when you have more than one child in tow. Imagine having to do that in the winter (ESPECIALLY Canadian winters).
After getting home from work, it can be difficult to muster up the energy to do anything, let alone go grocery shopping. No matter how disciplined you are at developing a grocery list you’re willing to stick to – which should make it an easy in and out trip. In the middle of a winter storm, it’s much easier to just order in some food, right?
For us, weekends are out of the question for grocery shopping. The little time we have to spend with family is on the weekends. Grocery shopping is the last thing on our mind.
Online grocery shopping and delivery was a life safer for our family.
I’m sure you’ve heard about it. A lot of people are asking questions about online grocery shopping and delivery and I’d like to shed some light on what the service can offer.
I know a lot of people are reluctant to use the online system. I’ve been doing it for a year now (with Metro) and I don’t regret it one bit!
There are so many benefits, I can’t stop raving about this service!
EASY TO USE
Online grocery shopping is as simple as adding items to your cart on your favourite grocery store’s website (as long as its available). You can either shop by aisle – as you would at the grocery store – or simply enter your grocery list items into the search bar. The majority of the time you’ll see what’s on sale first, then you can expand the results to make a different selection.
Major stores that offer online grocery shopping in the Gatineau region (min order of $45 – $50):
- With delivery: Metro, IGA
- In-store pickup only: Provigo, Maxi, WalMart
EXTRA TIME ON YOUR HANDS
You can save a lot of time doing your groceries online. Imagine removing:
- the time it takes to dress the kids (if you have to take them with you)
- driving to the grocery store
- walking up and down the aisles looking for your items
- stopping once in a while to contemplate whether you should get an item that’s off-list
- trekking the bags from the car to the house
A simple online search of your items makes the whole experience much quicker. You can even do other things while you’re shopping!
In fact, you can add items to your basket throughout the week. When it’s time to order, simply place the order in one click and you can continue to do whatever it was you were doing.
You can also make changes to your order after you’ve placed it (usually before midnight the day before delivery).
STICK TO THE BUDGET/SAVE MONEY
Another great reason to do your groceries online: you can easily keep track of your budget.
We do our groceries every 2 weeks based on a specific budget. So when I go to the grocery store, I try to keep track of the cost of each item on my phone, which I find difficult when things are priced by weight.
There are a very limited number of scales in the produce section. I don’t like having to go back and forth to the scale every time I pick a fruit/veggie. Result: I often end up overpaying for my produce.
The online system gives me the approximate cost per unit and so I can pick the number of produce I need that fit within my budget, and the price updates automatically in the basket so I know if I’ve gone over budget.
You want to know one more thing about how you can save money? Metro points turn into dollars. You can accumulate extra points on special items each week and every 2-3 months, you get a money coupon.
I get a cheque for about 20-25$ every 2-3 months to use at Metro, and it’s automatically available in my online account so I can use in just one click.
The only thing to keep in mind is that there usually is a delivery fee (between $6-$10). Often times the delivery fee will be waved on your first order or when they have promotions.
Visit your favourite grocery store to see what perks they can offer you!
DON’T MISS OUT ON COUPONS/POINTS
I went through a phase a few years ago when I was obsessed with couponing. That didn’t last very long. It was taking too much precious time out of my already busy schedule to gather coupons, which I would often forget at home.
Metro gives you access to their online coupons for either money off or extra points. Granted it’s not the same amount of coupons I could’ve used would I have continued with couponing, but it does the trick for me.
Unfortunately, there is no online system to add coupons found on other websites.
STICK TO THE DIET
Who doesn’t end up picking up a whole bunch of other things while walking up and down the aisles? Usually something we feel guilty about too!
With the online grocery system, you can more easily stick to your list and limit your impulses – again reducing your total cost.
One thing I was a little worried about when ordering online was the freshness of the fruits and veggies. I can tell you (with Metro at least) that I’ve always been very satisfied with the produce they pick. Sometimes it’s even fresher than what I would’ve picked in the store!
There you have it! If you’re still not sure about online grocery shopping, give it a try once and see how you like it.
I’d love to hear about your experience!