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Should I Do My Grocery Shopping Online?

Nowadays, you can order pretty much anything online and get it delivered to your doorstep. Yes, this does include groceries even if they are particularly perishable. But is that a good idea? Don’t you risk having spoiled food if you are not there to receive it. Does quality suffer when you order online?

Coming from an online ordering skeptic to begin with, the idea of grocery shopping online seemed awful to me. How could I trust someone else when it comes to the food I consume and need? Well recently, I bit the bullet and decided to give it a try. Working 7 days a week will make you never want to go out to buy something from a store ever again. I found myself getting home very late with a ton of groceries that I had to schlep up a flight of stairs and pack away. Thus, the online ordering of groceries began:

To be honest, it was an extremely pleasant experience to do this. First of all, there are plenty of companies that offer this delivery service. Each one has their own available inventory that you can choose from. The lack of variety can be an issue when it comes to these places, but once you find products you want, the ease of use is too much to pass up. I selected the time range (usually a window of a few hours) that I would like it delivered and made sure I was there to receive it. They will usually package it in a way that makes it ok to be dropped off, but its always a good idea to make sure you are there to receive it, to prevent possible porch package poachers, aka “porch pirates.”

These companies will also offer coupons/discounts as a reward for signing up to use their surface. Worse case scenario, you don’t like the quality, or the service and you go back to going to the store. For me, I am going to make the best of both worlds. Some groceries I liked using the online and delivery method and some I did not. For the ones I did not like, I will make a quick stop to get them at the groceries.

If you don’t have the time to cook your meals, but would like food delivered to your home, there are some cool companies out there that do meal prep delivery. You can pick from a delicious range of meal genres like meat, vegetable, or pasta-based. The awesome thing is, the larger the order, the cheaper the per meal price. Although the per meal price will be slightly more expensive than if you were to prep meal yourself, it will save you tons of time and effort. Some consider time to be money, and this is just another alternative if would prefer to not cook all the time or have groceries.

Our Recommendation: Try downloading one of the major apps like Instacart, Doordash, or Freshdirect. You can select what you want directly from the app, schedule ahead of time for delivery, and even track and see when it's on the way. My personal favorite is Doordash's grocery service, but you must live in a big city to have access to it. They deliver within 15 minutes, which I believe is one of the most seamless and incredible experiences. One time I needed fruit early morning for breakfast after not realizing the fruit I had was expired. I was able to get my smoothie supplies within 7 minutes and carried on with my day like nothing ever happened.