Over the last few months, we have been doing 90% of our grocery shopping online and having it delivered home.
We had been receiving FREE DELIVERY because of a credit card. This offer has recently finished.
Now i need to decide if the time saving is worth the cost of actual delivery charges.
Value of my Time?
It has been a huge time saver, not driving to shops, parking, searching up and down aisle then waiting in a queue to check out. Not to mention dragging a toddler around the shops.
In my area, there are two main options.
under $100 = $15 fee
$100-150 = $12 fee
$150-200 = $9 fee
Online order Pickup = $0 fee
$any = $4 to $20 Depending on location, time of day, length of delivery window.
over $150 = $0 only with a 8 hour delivery window ( Flexi-Free)
Click&Collect = $0 fee
Our normal shopping budget is around $90-150 depending on the week. Although with the twins coming any day now, the extra nappies and supplies will bump this number up.
I believe the Click&Collect/Online Pickup for no cost is defiantly worth doing and more people should be using it. I am in and out within 5 minutes!
Our shopping will probably hitting $150+ in the coming weeks and with someone being at home in the 8 hour window, we could use the Flexi-free delivery offered by Coles.
If I had to pay for the service, I think $9/week, $36/month or $468/year is too much for me to justify. But if i can game the system by using free online pickup and flexi-free deliveries, I can get best of both for no cost.
After using online shopping for a few months, I totally see this as the future of grocery shopping. The grocery store will become more of a delivery warehouse then a corner store. While the competition is still strong between the main players, we can benefit from it.
ChooseFI recent podcast about American grocery shopping.
What are your thoughts? Are you using any grocery shopping delivery?