Tips for Buying Groceries Online

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As shelter in place orders have been made across the United States, many consumers have switched to shopping for groceries online. With the surge of shoppers shifting to online and delivery, it can be frustrating finding a delivery window and deciding what you actually need to shelter in place.

Be Patient

If you need something right away, you may have better luck working with what you have. Due to the increased demand for delivery services, you’ll need to plan ahead. Start by checking out the different grocery delivery services.

The most notable grocery delivery services include Instacart, Amazon Fresh, Walmart, Shipt, and Peapod. Depending on where you live, you may have access to other services as well. Many grocery stores are also offering curbside pickup so if you can’t find a good delivery window, check with your local store to see what options they have.

The best tip I can give you is to be patient. Keep the items in your cart and refresh the checkout page regularly. As windows open up, you will be presented with options. If you simply can’t wait, try calling specialty grocery stores.

Prepare for Shopping

Each time you place an order, check what you have and ensure you have enough food for at least 14 days. If you have multiple people in the home, it may be a good idea to keep a dry erase board or food inventory. As food is used, add it to a shopping list for your next order or check it off of the inventory so you’ll know exactly what you need.

The last thing you want to do is wait 3-7 days for your groceries to arrive only to find that you left something off of your list. Keeping an inventory or shopping list readily available will help ensure you get everything you need.

What to Buy

The fact that you may have to wait longer than expected to get your groceries replenished, you’ll want to keep a stock of practical staples. Be sure to have things with a long shelf life on-hand such as pasta, canned goods, and oats. You should also have protein-rich foods on hand as well like nuts and canned meat products.

Even if you don’t generally buy shelf-stable milk, buying a few to have on hand in the event you run out is a good idea. Almond milk, hemp milk, and dried milk are excellent choices to keep in the pantry.

In the event you or someone in your home does become ill during the pandemic, you’ll want to ensure you have a few comfort foods on hand. Having things like saltine crackers, drinks with added electrolytes, and medications available is a good idea.