Most commonly people buy clothes & technology online. However, the minority do their weekly/fortnightly grocery (food, cleaning products & alcohol) shopping ONLINE. There are several major UK supermarkets which offer you online shopping experience such as Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Marks & Spencer. Well if I shortly describe each supermarket in terms of price & quality this would be it:
- Tesco (Average prices, Good quality)
- Asda (Low prices, Average quality)
- Sainsbury’s (Higher than average prices (but they do good offers on particular brand products very often), Good quality)
- Waitrose (Higher than average prices, Great quality)
- When we were students the cheapest and the most convenient way to shop for groceries was doing it fortnightly online. We would split the delivery costs between 3-5 people and that would arrive to less than £1 per person.
- The assortment is great.
- Gets delivered to your door within the hour’s slot. When you place an order you can choose the delivery slot which is an hour slot. Let’s say you chose 17:00 – 18:00, this means your groceries will be delivered exactly between those hours.
- No need to travel and carry heavy boxes. The home delivery is the most useful when there is no supermarket close enough to were you live or you live next to Iceland or Farmfoods which only sell junk or frozen food, and you like to cook yourself or at least propagate healthier diet. Also you can order heavy items for the sake of saving (ie. you can get 3 cases of beer for £20 – imagine carrying this from the store).
- Supermarkets do not only sell food online, you can buy everything what is offered in store (cleaning tools and materials, washing powder, cutlery, etc.)
- Someone needs to keep track of what everyone ordered and spilt the costs accordingly afterwards. When you place an order you get an approximate cost of the basket but it will vary upon delivery since if you ordered 5 potatoes their price will depend on their weight. Also if an item becomes unavailable in the store on the day of delivery supermarket replace an item with the closest match.
- Well, the other disadvantage is that you cannot touch or read the label of the item when you shop online. However, if you choose a product you know about you do not read the label every time you buy it. This is obviously a matter of a habit. The more you shop online, the more familiar you get with the products on offer, the more confident you are about this experience.
Tips for doing food shopping online
- Watch out for BOGOF (Buy One Get One Free) offers
- Watch out for all the discounts offered
- Do not forget to use the loyalty cards (Tesco Clubcard – Tesco, Nectar Card – Sainsbury’s)
- Arrange the delivery for weekdays rather than weekends since weekend delivery tends to be more expensive
- Split the delivery costs with your friends or neighbours
- Shop at Asda for best prices and at Tesco, Waitrose or Sainsbury’s for quality