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onemorebike

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Spend more via online grocery shopping to save?
« on: July 20, 2015, 05:18:45 PM »
My wife and I are recovering from a slightly downward spiral after our recent move. A review of our finances last week showed our "grocery shopping" at Costco, Target, Cub was WAY out of control. Mostly because we end up buying unneeded stuff (or stuff not on the list).

Does anyone else use online grocery shopping to limit what is bought even though it is slightly more expensive per item? Any tips for doing this well?

Thanks!

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Re: Spend more via online grocery shopping to save?
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2015, 06:45:02 PM »
If you happen to live in an area where Google Express is available, you can get stuff from Costco delivered to your house at Costco prices. There is a 3 month free trial, and after that they charge $95/year, $10/month,or $5/delivery but they have given me so many coupons it has more than made up the delivery costs (I use it infrequently, so I pay per delivery); that will probably end when/if it catches on.  They will only deliver the non-perishable foodstuffs, but at least for me that is where I get the best deals at Costco. Unfortunately it is only available in a few metro areas so far.

You could also try grocery shopping at Aldi if there is one near you; there is just not that much stuff in the store, which might limit your impulse shopping.
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Re: Spend more via online grocery shopping to save?
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2015, 06:48:18 PM »
My wife and I are recovering from a slightly downward spiral after our recent move. A review of our finances last week showed our "grocery shopping" at Costco, Target, Cub was WAY out of control. Mostly because we end up buying unneeded stuff (or stuff not on the list).

Does anyone else use online grocery shopping to limit what is bought even though it is slightly more expensive per item? Any tips for doing this well?

Thanks!

onemorebike

We did it while I was on maternity leave and we were out of control spending on impulse/convenience food. We've been better about meal planning based on the Sunday circular lately and only buy the materials to make the meals/what's on the list. That rule would probably work here too, although, really, when we were using it, we were just happy we weren't buying takeout so take that with a grain of salt.

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Re: Spend more via online grocery shopping to save?
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2015, 06:14:53 AM »
I started viewing the stores as being "against" me in trying to trick me into buying things I didn't need.  Since we don't have delivery systems where we are, I had to just change my mindset.  AND before checking out, I'll look in my cart and take a few things out.  Over time, I got a lot better about what I buy.

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Re: Spend more via online grocery shopping to save?
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2015, 01:03:58 PM »
I sometimes order groceries online from a local, higher end chain. I always save money over shopping at the discount superstore because I don't make impulse purchases and I don't overbuy.

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Re: Spend more via online grocery shopping to save?
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2015, 05:05:01 PM »
I sometimes order groceries online from a local, higher end chain. I always save money over shopping at the discount superstore because I don't make impulse purchases and I don't overbuy.
I'm glad I'm not the only person that struggles with impulse purchases at the grocery store.  It's also helpful to sit in your kitchen while putting together the order.  I don't have to remember if I have something; I just open a cabinet to see if I'm out of something.

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Re: Spend more via online grocery shopping to save?
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2015, 06:34:25 PM »
Make a list. Stick to the list. (Excepting produce sales.)

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Re: Spend more via online grocery shopping to save?
« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2015, 06:53:03 PM »
I used to have a delivery service, but it was fairly expensive - I was using it more for quality and convenience than saving money. Now we just use a grocery list, keep minimal supplies on hand so we always know exactly what we have, and focus on having as close to a zero waste food system as we can. I think just focusing on zero food waste can cut the average grocery bill by a fortune.