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Money Saving Tips On Buying Groceries: Can Shopping On Line Save You Money On Your Grocery Bills?

Updated on February 9, 2011


In a day and age where virtually everything can be done on line, the question for many people is can on line shopping save you money on your grocery bills?

We know it can save us time and is a convenient way to shop but all things considered, can it also save you money?

Yes, indeed it can – it can save you a lot of money in fact and we’ll look at the reasons why!



Reasons why on line shopping for groceries works. 

  1. The main reason that online shopping for groceries is a huge boon to your food budget is because you don’t have to shop in an environment where many shoppers are prone to impulse buying. 

  2. Shopping on line is more controlled and you shop for items that you truly need rather than items that look ‘too good to pass up’ that marketers are great at putting on display to get people to pick them up and put them into their cart.

  3. Usually when buying on line, you have items that you are specifically looking for and those are the only things that go into your cart.

  4. You also have the luxury of running upstairs to check on that box of detergent you’re not sure if you need (and you don’t) versus picking up one at the store and throwing it into the cart because you forgot to check before you left for the store and you’re not sure if you’ll need it or not!

  5. Think of the savings on gas – and your time driving there.  If you have to drive 30 minutes to go shopping at a store and pay for the gas to get there and back, you’ve wasted several hours and perhaps $20 in fuel costs.  You could have ordered the items on line in less than 10 minutes and spent zero on gas money!

  6. They have discounts and deals at on line supermarkets just like bricks and mortar supermarkets.  Check on line voucher sites as well as the grocery website for deals.

  7. Anyone can shop online for groceries who knows how to shop for other items on line.  Or you can learn in just a few minutes.  All you need is a credit card or a debit card.  Sign up and away you go!

  8. Make sure that the online store will deliver to your address.  You can usually find out instantly by typing in your zip code.  Places like Amazon Grocery will deliver anywhere but investigate whether they will deliver perishable items as well as nonperishable. 



  • Some stores online do require a minimum order – Kroger’s generally has been $50 purchase minimum for delivery.

  • There may be a delivery fee but weigh that against the cost of gas to drive to a real store.

  • Know your unit pricing numbers as just with bricks and mortar stores.  On line grocery shopping takes a bit of savvy when it comes to the actual real value of a sale.  Compare, compare, compare and do the math to be certain it’s a real sale.

  • Save money by purchasing on line like you do in a regular supermarket.

  • Things that have been touched by human hands, i.e. processed meals, foods, readymade – these are all going to be more expensive than things in a more natural state like flour and oats rather than a box of oatmeal cookies already made.

  • Be aware of timetables – when will your groceries arrive if you place the order by this date and this time? 

  • Make sure you include special instructions on your order like "no substitutions" or be specific about what substitutions you will allow (such as generic or a different brand name) but no substituting certain ingredients. 



According to, there are more than 50 places to buy groceries on line – check them out below and also read’s description of what they all offer!

Amazon Grocery -  Non-perishable items in the thousands; you can receive large discounts for items that are delivered at regular intervals. - Shipping anywhere in continental US - foods that are nonperishable.  Home delivery in the Austin area of Texas. - Single items or by the case.  Will ship to continental US and military addresses.

Groceries-Express-com - Nationwide delivery of standard groceries; frozen foods will be delivered in northern Detroit area. - Grocery items; also offers some holiday or regional items hard to find. - Grocery items including frozen for home delivery.  Can also ship to the following military zip codes: APO/FPO AA, AP or AE. -  Nationwide mail order delivery.  Offers home delivery in the Roanoke, Virginia area.  Price matching for certain goods. -  Delivers to areas of New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania. Also offers pick-up at their stores. - Delivers to specific areas with home delivery for $9.95 or the option to shop online, then pick-up groceries at a store for $4.95.

Amazon Fresh - For folks in Seattle, full-range of groceries, including bakery items, frozen foods, etc. -  Groceries delivered to Manhattan and Hudson county, New Jersey. - Deliveries by truck in the southeast part of the US, specializing in beef, pork, seafood, etc. - Gourmet foods of New York City offers home delivery in the surrounding region. - Serving New York City metropolitan area; fresh foods like seafood and meats and general grocery items. Delivers and also allows you to pick-up from their stores. - Home delivery of groceries to certain zip codes in Minnesota.

HomeShop - Owned and operated by Kroger’s delivers to several cities throughout Colorado. - Serving Manhattan, will deliver within an hour.  Will even bring you videos along with your grocery items. - Will delivers to colleges in New York and Connecticut.  Free delivery but there is a $15 re-delivery fee. - Long-time online grocery store and serves many metropolitan areas throughout the US. - Groceries (full line) serving the Boston area. - This grocer will deliver from their in-town stores. - Grocery delivery throughout most of the state of Missouri. - Grocery delivery in Minneapolis, Minnesota. - Delivers items from Magruder’s, serving Washington D.C. - This is a warehouse style grocer, delivering to your home and serves New York City and Connecticut.


SHOP FOR INTERNATIONAL GROCERIES ON LINE - Serving outside the US - delivers morning cereal, etc. - Food and kitchen items, serving the UK by home delivery or postal. - Organic groceries and delivery in western Australia. - Once a week delivery in Toronto, Canada area. - Bulk shopping and delivery in the Toronto, Canada area. - UK grocery deliveries with price matching for Tesco. - Grocery delivery, even same day. Serving western Canada. - Quality Foods items delivery to British Columbia, Canada. - Organic foods delivered in parts of Canada. -  Tesco chain offers home grocery delivery in UK. - Home delivery in UK and as late as 11:00 PM.


SHOP FOR MULTI-CULTURAL GROCERIES ON LINE - Numerous items from Japan offered for shipment in the USA. - Delivering foods from around the world to customers in the United States. - Indian food for customers in the USA, offers free shipping on orders over $80. - Indonesian foods delivered around the country, including frozen goods. - Specializing in foods from Mexico for delivery via UPS in the USA. - Carries a wide assortment of goods from India for delivery in the United States.

ORGANIC FOOD SHOPPING ON LINE - Delivers to areas in several states specializing in all organic goods. - Delivers organic food in the USA and Canada. - Delivery of organic foods in Manhattan and some New Jersey counties. - Organic foods for San Francisco and the surrounding areas. - Delivery of organic goods to portions of New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania. - Organically grown food delivered to all five boroughs of New York City, Long Island, parts of New Jersey and more.


SHOP FOR SPECIALTY GROCERIES ON LINE - Makes traveling with babies easier as they can deliver baby food and goods to your travel destination. - Specializes in delivery of foods that can be bought in bulk such as pastas, candies and more. - Specializes in offering regional food favorites and hard to find candies, all delivered via UPS to your home. - Focuses on delivering gourmet foods all over the United States, even has “of the month” clubs for cheeses, wines and more. - Allows you to shop from stores of your choice in their delivery areas in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and the Bahamas. - Specializing in meats, sausages, jerky and BBQ sauce shipped anywhere in the USA. - Specializes in regional favorites, candies, spices and more.


As you can see, there are many places that you can shop on line and get your groceries!

Just be aware of some of the limitations or differences in shopping on line versus in the real world in the supermarket.

It’s a great way to save money and simplify your shopping life when it comes to groceries.

It can also be an incredibly easy way to help save money because of the more focused approach to shopping and the elimination of things like panic buying or impulse buying.

Try it and see if it works for you.

If you have more tips or suggestions on how to shop for groceries on line, please share them with us all.

It will add to the value of this article on how to save money by shopping on line to trim costs from your grocery bills!


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