Grocery Shopping Online: How-to
When learning how to do your grocery shopping online, keep in mind that someone else will be physically doing your shopping for you, so your produce may not be like way you like them. With this in mind, grocery shopping online can be more convenient than going to the store.
- Go in with a plan. In order to avoid purchasing items you don't really need or forgetting something you do need, make sure you start off with a plan. This can be done by making a list. Make a mental or physical inventory.
- Find the right store. Finding a grocery store to fit your needs can sometimes be a chore, but it is sometimes as easy as doing a quick internet search of your area. When you are considering a store, make sure you find out whether or not they mark up their items online as opposed to in-store prices. If this is the case, it may be best to look elsewhere. Be sure to check the delivery charge. Oftentimes the charge is simply a flat fee where you are not required or encouraged to tip the delivery drivers, but this is not always the case. Make sure you are prepared for either situation.
- Get your shop on. Now that you've found a grocery store online that you are comfortable with, it's time to shop. Carefully go through all the virtual aisles and make sure you are getting what you need. There is typically an option to leave a note for your shopper for each item. You are encouraged to leave any special requests in these notes to give your shopper a better idea of what you are looking for.
- Make your list and check it twice. Once you've found your store and got your order all together in the virtual "basket," make sure you go over your list carefully to ensure you've gotten everything you need.
- Check out and delivery. When you are checking out, be sure to take advantage of any promotions they may have going on, particularly those for free shipping. Many times, companies will offer free shipping on your first order and reduced shipping on orders over a certain amount. Choose your delivery date; typically it will either be a two or four hour window, so make sure you're available the whole time. On the day of delivery, make sure you have a clear area for the delivery driver to put your bags. If you have shopped at a store with a no tip policy, the only thing you should need to do on delivery day is sign your receipt. Otherwise, it is always courteous to tip at least $5.