Is ordering groceries online a good idea? It certainly would seem so to the uninitiated you spend less time, you spend no gasoline at all, you don't have a couple screaming kids grabbing for every shiny package within reach and sending your bills up, and you have the ability to look up shops that aren't even in your neighborhood, to find the best prices. What's not to like?
Basically, when it comes to ordering groceries online, you have two kinds of services pick from. With one kind, you only save on the time it takes to walk around the aisles and stand in line and check out. You just pick out all the stuff that you want online, and then you drive down to the store where they will have your stuff waiting for you. The other kind of is more in the spirit of how online shopping was intended you place your order online, and they will FedEx it to you. Both kinds of service will cost you something extra. There are a few problems though with depending on a website for your grocery shopping needs.
To begin with, while taking it online does save you the hour or more it would take you, it isn't often cheaper. To begin with, there are the extra charges to do with how they offer to pick your order out for you. And then, most grocery websites don't give you the full picture. You don't see all the sizes on all products that you would if you actually went down. Often, they only offer certain large sizes.
And even if you don't count the money they charge you for shipping, website items aren't competitively priced. Grocery website prices aren't typically the same as in-store prices. Which is kind of surprising. Usually, the prices at brick-and-mortar stores happen to be higher than prices online because the brick-and-mortar stores have higher overheads. But groceries happen to be the exception. The best on-sale items at the store don't put in an appearance on the websites. Often, website prices are about the same as you could expect to pay at your corner convenience store much higher. And oh how about how most won't accept coupons?
Ordering groceries online, surprisingly, isn't for everyone. It's for military families who are posted in the middle of nowhere, the elderly who are in no physical condition to make the trip, and so on. If you're someone who makes your expedition to the supermarket all about saving money, ordering groceries online enough really isn't sensible.