The internet has made our lives so much easier, especially when it comes to shopping, but before you start adding groceries to your virtual cart, consider these tips on how to save time and money.
Between shopping in a store and shopping online, it's best to go in person. Supermarkets offer a wider selection, and you can easily use manufacturer and store coupons. Plus, you'll avoid shipping and service charges.
If you are going to buy online, wait until the latter half of the week. According to ShopItToMe.com, online grocery stores launch sales on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. This is to compete with brick-and-mortar stores, which generally begin sales on Fridays. You may be able to score free shipping deals, too, which will help to balance out the cost of your order.
Also, don't be afraid to ask your online retailer for a discount. If you see a competitive price at your local store, click the "live chat" button on the site and a representative about it. You may have to negotiate with a manager, but the discount will be worth it.
When your order arrives, make sure to inspect your produce and compare what you received with your invoice. If you're unsatisfied with a product or fail receive an item, online grocery stores will usually be happy to issue you an immediate credit.
So, if you're trying to save money, it's best to shop at a supermarket in person. However, if the convenience is worth it to you, use these online shopping tips to help you bag the best bargains.