Are you looking to save time and money? Well, we have quick tips for Moms Ordering Groceries Online. You won’t ever go back to traditional grocery shopping again!
Quick Tips for Moms Ordering Groceries Online
What if I told you that you could buy groceries without any embarrassing toddler meltdowns? Sounds too good to be true, right? But ordering groceries online can save you time, money and sanity while still getting the food your family needs. As with most new things, there can be a learning curve.
Check out these quick tips for moms to master the art of ordering groceries online.
Whether you are buying your groceries online or in the store the best place to start is with a good meal plan. When you know exactly what you are going to be making each day of the week, you also know what you need to buy.
If you don’t know where to start, make sure to check out this guide to making meal planning easy.
Once you have your meals planned make a list of all the ingredients you need from the store. When I am shopping in the store I organize my list by department. But when ordering groceries online I either sort the list by store (if I know what I prefer to buy where) or by fresh vs shelf stable items. I do that because different online options offer different types of groceries. (Think Amazon Fresh vs. Amazon Pantry)
Most of the options for ordering groceries online have great apps to make ordering even easier (like from the parking lot of your little one’s preschool). Once you’ve created your account and made your first order, ordering again takes even less time. Most of the stores offer a way to tag your favorite items or save a shopping list which saves even more time!
Know the Delivery Times and Plan Ahead
When it comes to buying groceries online there are two main options, online grocery stores, and grocery delivery services.
Many online grocery stores only stock shelf-stable products because they are stored in a warehouse and delivered through the mail. These stores often have better prices than your local store but you have to plan ahead to account for the delivery times.
While 2-day shipping might be what you are used to, it is important to know the lag time and plan accordingly. But don’t let that discourage you!
I recently started using Imperfect Produce for ordering my veggies and they offer delivery on one set day every week. I use this as an excuse to make meal planning a priority and it is totally worth it.
You’ll also find different options from grocery delivery and pickup services. While services like Amazon Fresh, Instacart, and Shipt offer delivery as soon as 1-2 hours, Walmart and Target need to be scheduled at least a few hours in advance, and Peapod doesn’t even offer same-day delivery.
If you need something immediately you can still order it online but you’ll have fewer choices.
Shop the Sales, Use Coupons and Reap the Rewards
All of the stores I’ve used have a section dedicated to items that are on sale. No more trekking back and forth across the supermarket looking for the best deal when you can see all of the sale items in one place.
Many of the services also allow you to upload your reward card information for extra savings.
Don’t forget to search for coupons and rebates available for the items on your list. While not all of the stores will allow you to use coupons, if you don’t try you might be missing out on some great deals. Add that to the services that have partnered up with rebate apps like Ibotta and you are talking major savings.
Know What to Buy Where
The most important tip for ordering groceries online is to know where to buy the things on your list.
If you need mostly perishable items like milk and eggs, then a delivery or pickup will probably be your best option.
Also, if there is something that you buy regularly and know you’ll always need, then a subscription might be best.
If you are shopping for a special diet or you have someone with allergies in your family then you need to know where to find the products that fit your lifestyle.
Don’t forget to check out the specialty stores like Thrive Market, Brandless, and Boxed which are forcing Amazon to be more competitive on their pricing.
Once you know where the best price and availability is for all your groceries (and it’s not always Amazon) you can make a plan for how to use different stores and services to maximize your time and savings.
Don’t be afraid to do a little research when you first get started with ordering groceries online, it might take a little extra time in the beginning but can save you time and sanity once you are in a routine.
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Jenna is a mom to four awesomely exhausting children. She believes that finding the right food for your family should be easier. That’s why she is committed to providing information you need to make deliberate choices for your family. Learn about your grocery shopping choices and follow her on Instagram.