A local grocery store delivers for $5.99 - but any order over $150 is delivered for free. I do Costco for paper goods and some bulk meat purchases and the rest I do on line if I can.
Pros: I cannot give in to my chocolate addiction - this is huge; I can have it delivered up to 9pm on week nights; it forces me to meal plan more thoroughly
Cons: I don't have access to everything in the store. I might not find the brand name I want or the particular size of product. I can't order fennel even though I know it's in the store. When I ask for 3 heads of garlic, I never know if I'm gonna get 3 of the small ones or 3 of the elephant ones.
I go to Costco every 2 months or so, have groceries delivered about once a month and then go weekly to get fresh stuff.
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222 2/9/12 10:14 A
I also use a mix of Costco and basic shopping mart--plus Amazon. I am gluten-free by necessity, and buying GF foods in our grocery store is either impossible (small town) or ridiculously expensive. Between monthly trips to Costco and 3-6 month stops at Amazon, I get most of my pantry items for much cheaper than at the store. I especially like stocking up on pantry items (pasta, flours, etc.) when Amazon offers a "subscription" discount--even though it doesn't require ever ordering the item again.
As of right now, none of the (2) grocery stores in my town offer the online shopping, so this is the best bet for me. I often have mobility problems, so I would love to have the online shopping where they deliver for free--even having the service where you order and they pick the things off the shelves would be better than hobbling around the store some days! --Heather --Heather
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43 2/6/12 8:11 A
My girlfriends step mom orders her low carb ingredients online. She says it's easier to find everything in one place than to go to multiple stores. I also believe that you can find anything on amazon, so when I start online food shopping, that's where I'm going first.
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9 2/5/12 10:45 A
find it good idea as not tempted to buy junk food but they don't always have what l want
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239 8/31/11 7:17 A
On line food shopping is great if you don't want to get distracted by high calorie items. You can just buy exactly what you need and don't have to browse through aisles and shelves. It's also usually possible to set up a regular list of things, which makes shopping much quicker.
I shop for all my dry goods, non-perishables, and the things I use LARGE quantities of at Costco...I've only been a member for 4 months, but I've already saved over 60 dollars, which pays for the membership.
I find that I only have to go to the "regular" grocery store for veggies, almond milk, bread and eggs since I started shopping there, and that's usually only a little bit to hold me over til the next Costco run (a friend takes me once a month, since I don't drive and a taxi would cost me about 30 dollars each time), or small amounts of ingredients for a new recipe
I've known for weeks that my local grocery store has online ordering for pick-up or delivery. Of course, unless I start doing the once-a-month cooking thing, I wouldn't meet their minimum order for the service to be free.
However, since my method of shopping involved going into the store with a vague plan, changing that plan based on what was on sale, and generally impulse buying my way through that week's trip, I decided to do a dry-run online.
Has anyone else found advantages like this?
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