It’s the time of year when everyone starts new lifestyle trends, whether that’s eating better, working out more, or cutting out a vice. Unfortunately it’s also flu season. Last night I went online to order a grocery delivery for today — yes I ordered by 10:00pm and had groceries at my door in the morning — but little did I know I would also feel so terrible this morning.
Not wanting to leave the house, let alone my pyjamas, the order of soups, teas, and vegetables felt like second Christmas had arrived. While it was incredibly convenient to me today, being under the weather, online grocery shopping can also help you eat healthy throughout the year.
Purchase your organics, kale, cucumbers, and bananas without the temptation of the chips, cookie, and candy aisles. Directly pick and choose what goes into your virtual grocery cart without all of the in-store temptations. Search by brand name, search Gluten Free items, and more. If you are going to treat yourself, the quick link to Snacks is very helpful.
When planning your meals, find your favourite recipes online — from Pinterest, a cooking show host, or your favourite food blogger — and devise your grocery list on the spot. With a couple of mouse clicks you’ll have everything you need delivered to your door the next day.
- The items available to order online are also curated by the store so pretty much anything you can find in-store, you’ll find online. Aluminum foil, cat food, bulk items, deli platters, and more.
- If you spot a deal marked in red, the ordering system lets you know how long a price will be set/when it will expire.
- You can save items to a standing List on your profile or save your entire order as a List so you can simply repeat it next time.
- If you can’t find what you’re looking for or have other questions you can leave them under “General Comments Section” when you review your cart.
- The same online ordering system is used for the grocery pick-up so there’s nothing extra to learn when selecting the delivery option.
- When I was going to Checkout, I asked my husband if there was anything else we should get and he replied: “Look for some deals.” I clicked on the Specials link and found a few more items to add to our cart, all at great prices.
I was asked this morning by a friend if the process was easy and I told her that it was even more simple than the other online purchases (ski pants and some gadgets) that I made last week. The search was simple, the checkout steps are straightforward, and you get to pick your delivery window. The fact that you can save your items to a List for repeat orders is such a bonus as well.
One thing I have to mention is that since you’re behind a computer screen and not in the store in front of the products, it’s important to note sizes. I ordered 700g of cheddar and ended up with literally a foot-long brick of cheese that will last John and me a month. Simply check the sizes of existing products in your fridge and compare them to the online descriptions.
Now I can go back to sipping my tea and heating up my soup as I create a blanket cocoon on the couch, thinking that I should have also purchased some honey and vitamins. I’ll just have to create an “Under the Weather” list on my profile for next time, which hopefully won’t be used as much as my regular “Weekly” and “Stay Healthy” lists.
Related: My behind the scenes tour of the online order department at Save-On-Foods in Vancouver.
The standard delivery cost is $7.95, but there are time periods where it is cheaper.